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.