CMI Novacast Inc. is a privately held company founded in 1972 as
Cast Metals International by Paul R. Gouwens. At that time, it was
a consulting firm endeavoring to introduce new technologies to the
United States from foreign countries. One of the companies introduced
was GAAA of Lyon, France. GAAA was in the business of producing
electromagnetic pumps for metering of molten metal.
GAAA opened an office in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, in 1973 to service the North American market. GAAA was purchased by Novatome in 1978, and in 1981 the French government nationalized Novatome with the requirement that all work in aluminum cease. At that time, Cast Metals International changed its name to CMI Novacast Inc. and took over the production and sale of the pumps as designed by Novatome.
Since that time, CMI Novacast has done considerable development work and has introduced several new designs of electromagnetic pump. These new designs rapidly became the most popular pumps in the history of the electromagnetic pump, initially installed in the new Rover Group "LPS K Series" sand casting plant in Birmingham, England, then in numerous other locations. Applications for the pumps have continued to grow, with the predominant focus in the low pressure casting process area. These electromagnetic pump systems have been installed world-wide with an excellent record of reliability.
CMI Novacast holds a world-wide license from Framatome (the successors to Novatome) for the sale and production of electromagnetic pumps for the molten aluminum industry. Today, CMI Novacast maintains its autonomy, and is run by Paul's son. CMI Novacast's commitment to all customers is to deliver the most reliable, predictable, and high-performance low pressure or gravity casting system in the industry.
Paul Gouwens spent his life in the foundry industry. He received a B.S. in
mechanical engineering from Northwestern University, with Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau
Sigma honors; his post-graduate degree was in metallurgical engineering from
Illinois Institute of Technology.
Paul was an electronics specialist in the U.S. Navy. He served during World War II in China and Korea. Except for his military service, Paul’s entire career was in the casting industry.
From 1940 to 1957, Paul worked in research metallurgy at Fahralloy Foundry, Harvey, Illinois, starting as a co-op student and becoming Technical Director.
From 1957 to 1966, Paul served as Manager, Foundry and Steelmaking Research at IIT Research Institute. He contracted with government and industry, developing, promoting, and managing research programs. Projects included utilization of waste materials, shaping of metal, molding aggregates, ceramic molding, alloy additives, powder production, pattern wear, melting problems, cast cutting tools, cast forging dies, high temperature alloys, centrifugal casting, cleaning techniques, refractory metals, thermocouples, high temperature reactions, radiography, monotype casting, grain refinement, inoculation, and plastic casting.
From 1966 to 1971 Paul served as Vice President of Technology with the American Foundrymen Society, with responsibility for all technical activities. He coordinated over 100 technical committees which controlled programming of the Casting Congress, monitored research, and promoted information exchange.
From 1971 to 1972, Paul was Managing Director AFS T&RI (now Cast Metals Institute). His task was to implement its research and continuing education.
In 1972, along with his son Lee, Paul formed Cast Metals International to find good, innovative technology from around the world and bring it back to the United States. Technology involved included the French fluid sand process, the Japanese V-Process, the Renault low pressure casting process, and the French electromagnetic pump for metering molten aluminum.
In 1981 Cast Metals International became CMI Novacast Liquid Metal Systems to exploit the use of electromagnetic pumps for automated pouring of aluminum. Becoming CMI Novacast, Inc. in 1988, this privately-owned company continues to seek innovative solutions to the task of pouring all different types of metals including zinc, sodium, and magnesium.
Paul served as CEO until his retirement in 2007.