As published in Toledo Business Journal - November 1, 2017

Continental Structural Plastics headquarters in Auburn Hills

Continental Structural Plastics headquarters in Auburn Hills

CSP investing over $40M in upgrades

Manufacturing facility adding 100 new jobs in North Baltimore

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), a Teijin Group company that provides technologies in lightweight materials and composite solutions for the automotive, heavy truck, HVAC, and construction industries, has added three large presses, upgraded employees areas, and is adding 100 jobs to its North Baltimore facility. Industry sources indicate that over $40 million is being spent on the facility expansion and upgrades.

According to CSP, over the past several months, the company has invested in these facility changes and upgrades to increase capacity and improve and enhance the working environment for its employees. Specifically, these upgrades have been made to its employee areas, including its offices, conference rooms, break rooms, restrooms, and cafeteria. The upgrades and new presses are in response to the company’s ongoing global growth and to support existing and projected new business at the facility.

Rob Turner, operations manager at CSP North Baltimore, said, “CSP has some of the most innovative lightweight solutions available to automakers today, so we are experiencing a level of growth that we anticipate will continue into the future. This is a solid company to work for, and we are excited to be able to offer these job opportunities to our neighbors in the community.”

The 100 positions being filled are for production associates, including press operators, trimmers, finishers, utility, and maintenance. With all positions, according to CSP, there is opportunity for advancement to more skilled positions including quality auditor, die setters, and painters.

CSP recently held a two-day job fair to fill these positions. According to Kim Zitny, director of corporate communications, the company anticipated filling all 100 positions at the job fair. Applications were accepted on site, qualified applicants were interviewed, and there were facility tours provided to those interested.

According to Zitny, the growth and success of CSP has been because of its innovation and quality.

“We have some products on the market now that no one else offers, and also our quality. There is a drive for lightweighting and we have some very good lightweight materials. It’s our ability to lightweight and it provides them with a class-A material.”

The company is a large manufacturer and molder of composite materials including: TCA Ultra Lite®; Structural Ultra Lite™; Sereebo®; Carbon Fiber and Carbon Fiber SMC; Long Fiber Thermoplastic – Direct (LFT-D); Glass Mat Thermoplastic (GMT); Resin Transfer Molding (RTM); and Pre-preg Compression Molding (PCM). According to Zitny, the North Baltimore facility has five key product areas, including: Mercury Marine – outboard motor cowls and chaps; GM Volt – battery covers; GM Spark – battery covers; Hino medium duty truck – hoods and fenders; and Ford medium duty truck – hoods and fenders.

“Our customers are located all over around the world and we serve a lot of the global OEMs. In Toledo, we support Jeep out of our Carey facility. We provide the hardtops for the Wranglers.”

CSP has operations on three continents and more than 3,600 employees. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, CSP provides full-service engineering support and holds numerous patents covering materials development and manufacturing processes in composite materials formulation, design, and manufacturing technologies.

 

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