Our Management Team

Drew S. Debrey


Drew Debrey, president, has 40 years experience in the die casting industry. He began working with Cal-Miser in 1981 during the design and patenting process of the aluminum melting system and has been its president since 2007. Drew was also president of Quad Cast, Inc., Moline, Illinois, which used Cal-Miser aluminum holding furnaces. He was involved in the prototyping of different designs including melter-holders, bull ladles and central stack melters.

During his industry career, Drew served on the Board of Governors of the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) and later as NADCA chairman. He has visited die casting operations in  Canada, China, Mexico, France, Japan, Spain, Germany and understands the competition being faced by North American casting producers.

John McBride


John McBride, vice president, has more than 30 years of direct experience in the North American die casting furnace industry. His career started at Pyxis Refractories, handling all aspects of design, construction and repair of melting systems for numerous industries. John devotes much of his time to building and rebuilding high quality Cal-Miser aluminum holding furnaces.

His commitment to satisfying the furnace requirements of die casters throughout the United States and Canada encompasses more than four decades of service.

Remembering Our Founder


Andrew Debrey


Andrew Debrey (1922-2007), founder and creator of the Cal-Miser aluminum holding furnace, developed the concept while running his own die casting operation (Quad Cast, Inc. in Moline, Illinois) At one point, the furnace brought energy consumption to one of the lowest recorded levels in a NADCA Energy Survey. He started building similar furnaces for other die casters in 1978 and later incorporated Cal-Miser in 1984.

Mr. Debrey patented his furnace design of impinging the flame directly on the metal, which transfers heat from its source directly to the metal. This also keeps the heat off the refractory walls and prolongs the life of the furnace — unlike the old reverb furnaces in which the refractory walls were heated to radiate heat to the metal.