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Metal Technologies expanding, adding jobs

December 21st, 2011

News Coverage:

Metal Technologies expanding, adding jobs

By Dave Kurtz

Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 1:00am

AUBURN — Metal Technologies Auburn LLC is planning a $35 million expansion over the next two years, with the potential to add 42 jobs.

The company revealed its plans to an Auburn Common Council committee Tuesday. The committee recommended granting a property tax reduction for the new equipment and building addition.

The project’s first phase next year will make internal improvements to get ready for the second phase, which involves adding a second melting furnace, said Jeff Turner, senior vice president for Metal Technologies.

Most of the jobs would be created in 2013, when the company installs the melting furnace in an addition on its south side, Turner said.

The company now occupies a 150,000-square-foot building alongside I-69 in southwest Auburn.

The new furnace will melt ductile iron, which is stronger than gray iron and can be used in safety-critical products, Turner said.

Metal Technologies now melts ductile and gray iron in the same furnace.

”Right now, we have to alternate week to week. This will allow us to run them at the same time,” Turner said.

The company is expanding because “business seems to be solidifying,” with customers placing orders farther into the future than in recent years, he said.

”We were considering putting this here or in Michigan,” Turner said. The decision to expand in Auburn came because “Indiana’s a pretty good place to do business for us,” he added. Based in Auburn, Metal Technologies also owns foundries in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The 42 jobs created by the project will include approximately three supervisors, with the rest working in production. Turner said.

“It could be a few more than that, but that’s what we’re promising” for the tax-reduction request, he said about the jobs estimate. The company now employs 205 people.

The expansion will include more air-handling equipment and environmental controls, Turner said.