CHICAGO Aluminum die caster Madison Precision Products
Inc. (MPP) has announced a $16-million expansion.
The project, which is slated for completion next spring, is
MPPs second major capital project in three years, vice
president Kevin Turner told AMM.
MPPs Madison, Ind., facility will be expanded by nearly
73,000 square feet and the new equipment will effectively
create a second line that will double production of rocker
shaft cam holders while mitigating risk by ensuring that
theres no downtime.
If any one line goes down for any reason, we can manage
that risk, Turner explained. We are supplying
engine plants, and at the volumes were talking about, a
shutdown would impact the customers production lines very
quickly. So if one of our lines needs to be serviced, we can
MPP die casts aluminum automotive engine parts for a Japanese
automakers North American assembly operations, according
A subsidiary of Kawagoe, Japan-based Metts Corp., MPP casts
1.75 million pounds of aluminum alloy parts per month and
assembles 15 parts per component. After the second line is
installed, MPP will be able to build 3,300 component sets per
day, up from the current 1,500 sets.
The sets are shipped to engine makers that supply the
automaker, which Turner declined to identify. We have 25
high-pressure die casting machines and we are getting ready to
add two to four more in the next few months, he said
regarding melting capacity. We are also adding process
With the expansion, the MPP plant will encompass roughly
304,000 square feet.
The ongoing expansion program will allow MPP to be more
competitive globally while also saving time and money for
customers by doing more work in-house and shipping a finished
product only once, to the end customer, rather than to
machinists and assemblers, according to Turner.