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01-10-04: CAPT will add production lines and 36 jobs at its Celina facility


Celina Aluminum Precision Technology (CAPT) plans to continue its rapid growth with the addition of new production lines that are expected to add 36 jobs at the metal casting plant just east of Celina.
Dennis Lee, the company’s senior manager, detailed the $12.8 million expansion plan at a breakfast meeting this morning hosted by the Mercer County Community Development office.
“We’ve come a long way since 1996,” Lee told the crowd of business people and local government officials.
Mercer County and Celina City Schools officials already approved a 10-year tax abatement that forgives taxes on the new equipment. The company will make annual donations to the school district to offset lost tax revenue.
CAPT plans to use the 48,000-square-foot addition it now is building to house two new 1,650-pound die-casting machines and two new machining lines. The new production will require 36 new people, including line workers, engineers and managers and should be fully operational by May 2005, Lee said.
CAPT will use the new equipment to make the lower engine block for the Honda Civic. The high-pressure die-casting and machining necessary to make the new part will help CAPT diversify its production processes, Lee said.
The company will have about 425 workers when the expansion is finished.
Lee also talked about the newly developed CAPT Technical Center. The purpose of the office is to “develop equipment and tooling that is unique to CAPT,” Lee said. The center allows the company to more fully research and test new equipment and production processes before bringing them to the factory floor, he said.
CAPT first came to Celina in 1994 as a first-tier supplier to Honda of America. At that time, the company made three different pistons, which were supplied solely to the Honda engine plant in Anna. Mass production began in early 1996 and by 1999, the company was making seven different pistons, cylinder heads and water passages for engines with its parts being shipped to plants in Anna, Alabama and Mexico.
Lee said company officials expect to make more than 300,000 of the new Civic lower engine blocks annually, which will bring total production at the facility to about 6.5 million parts per year.
About 100 CAPT workers have been on the job for at least five years, Lee said. About 65 percent of the company’s workforce is from Mercer County with workers also driving from Auglaize, Darke, Van Wert, Jay County, Ind., and seven other counties, he said.
Also this morning, the group heard from Dan Wood, executive director of the National Christian College Collegiate Association (NCCAA). The NCCAA plans to host its national championship tournament in Celina for the fourth time.
This year, the organization would like to involve the 250 players and coaches in some sort of community service project. Wood asked local organizers of the tournament to help come up with ideas for potential projects.
“We want something hands-on they can do before they ever play for the national championship,” Wood said.
Wood said the organization has been thrilled with the local tournament ever since former Celina Mayor Paul Arnold’s administration brought the games to town. The visiting players and their families means about $50,000 in direct economic impact during their stay here, Wood said.
Wood said the NCCAA is a group of Christian colleges with more than 14,000 student athletes across the nation. When asked what religious denomination the organization represents, Wood said the NCCAA includes everyone from “the frozen chosen to the happy clappy.”


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