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KTH expanding local facility

ST. PARIS – KTH Parts Industries, 1111 N. State Route 235, St. Paris, will undergo multiple expansion projects in and around its headquarters starting next week.

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KTH senior vice president and plant manager Art Liming said the expansions will help the company prepare for the future and meet the demands of their customer, Honda.

The largest part of the expansion is the addition of a 3,000-ton servo press. According to information provided by KTH, the addition will cost $18 million and is anticipated to be completed in May 2015.

Liming said the press has servo motor capabilities and will be used to help produce parts that will allow vehicles to achieve greater gas mileage.

Liming noted the press will be the eighth largest press the company has in addition to three small presses.

Other major additions include a 32,000-square-foot stamping highbay on the east side of the plant, an 18,000-square-foot automated storage retrieval system and a 10,000-square-foot basket storage building.

Liming said the automated storage system would be able to hold over 4,000 baskets and parts and automatically deliver them to the production floor. The system is expected to be completed in August 2014.

The basket storage building is expected to be completed in December.

A project with the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve the entrance into KTH Industries is slated to start next week and be completed by the end of the month. In May, Champaign County commissioners approved a contract with ODOT to extend an existing northbound tapered right-turn lane on state Route 235 to a more than 285-foot right-turn lane.

Assistant Vice President of General Administration Chris Millice said the change allows for a northbound exit only in the north parking lot.

In June, county commissioners approved a 100 percent tax abatement for 15 years to support $28 million in additions to KTH’s facility. Millice said it helps to have a county that supports the growth of manufacturers.

The company expects to have more than 1,100 associates including 961 full-time associates by December. In order to accommodate increases in the workforce, KTH is expected to expand the facility’s conference and locker rooms with completion expected in December.

Outside of its St. Paris plant, KTH also has locations in Kalida, Ohio; Leesburg, Ala.; and Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Millice noted that in addition to recent growth at the Kalida and Leesburg plants, there might be opportunities for more growth in the future.

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