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GKN Sinter Metals plans $10-million expansion

Keywords: Tags  GKN Sinter Metals, Ohio plant expansion, press, gear components, Chrysler, General Motors, Allison Transmission, LuK USA Matt Daniels

CHICAGO — GKN Sinter Metals Inc. plans to spend $10 million to expand its production facility in Gallipolis, Ohio.

The project is expected to generate up to $20 million in additional sales for the company and create 50 full-time jobs over the next two to three years, according to plant manager Matt Daniels.

The company, which produces precision powder metal products in high-strength complex shapes for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets, will install a 750-tonne powder-compaction press along with other pieces of equipment to launch production of differential-gear components developed at the plant.

GKN Sinter Metals, a unit of Worcestershire, England-based GKN Plc, has received tax credits and development grants valued at nearly $800,000 to assist with the Gallipolis project from various state and local agencies.

The 175,000-square-foot facility now employs more than 160 people who make gears, clutch pressure plates and torque-converter components for such customers as Auburn Heights, Mich.-based Chrysler Group LLC; Detroit-based General Motors Co.; Wooster, Ohio-based LuK USA LLC; and Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Inc.

Production of the new components is expected to begin during the second half of this year.

"The untiring support we’ve received from the community and all levels of government has made this program possible," Daniels said. "We are eager to install this new equipment and to begin production based on the new technology that’s been developed here in Gallipolis."

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