Ashtabula is soon to be home of the first facility in North America dedicated to the production of American-made Nodular Pig Iron, a niche commodity currently imported by foundries in the U.S. metal casting sector.


This year, on the industrial docks of Ashtabula port, construction is expected to begin on a $474 million facility under development by Petmin USA. The facility will use most advanced technologies and best-in-class environmental processes to manufacture high grade Nodular Pig Iron (or NPI), an iron ore metallic, currently imported by foundries, across the Great Lakes and Midwest regions in the U.S., for use in their metal casting process. Petmin USA looks forward to becoming a meaningful contributor to the growth of a blossoming Ashtabula economy, creating hundreds of jobs and generating millions of dollars in spending and annual tax revenue streams for the local community.