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Shiloh manufactures highpressure diecastings in multiple aluminum alloys for automotive parts including powertrain components chassis and suspension parts exhaust system parts and automotive closures

Shiloh to Expand Diecasting at Former Contech Site

Aug. 18, 2014
Estimated $20-million rehab for idle Tennessee plant Steadily adding HP diecasting 160 new jobs

Shiloh Industries, a manufacturer of automotive steel blanks that is steadily expanding its aluminum diecasting holdings, plans to restart a vacated Contech/Metal Forge plant in Clarksville, TN.  Ohio-based sought Shiloh recently sought and received a nine-year property tax abatement for the idle 75,000-ft2 high-pressure diecasting operation, which it will invest an estimated $20 million to rehabilitate and operate.

“We’re looking to make a serious investment in this facility,” according to Bob Poeppelman, a Shiloh executive speaking to Investors Business Daily.  

Up to 160 workers could be employed there, the report indicated.

The schedule for the redevelopment is not clear. Shiloh has made no official statement on its plans.

Contech, now defunct, was a series of aluminum diecasting operations and part of the Revstone Industries portfolio. In its bankruptcy reorganization, Revstone sold four Contech plants to Shiloh.

Shiloh currently operates one of those plants nearby the Clarksville location, in Dickson, TN, supplying aluminum parts to Nissan Automotive in Smyrna, TN.

In addition to the Revstone assets, Shiloh recently acquired Finnveden Metal Structures, which includes a magnesium high-pressure diecasting plant in Poland and sheet metal stamping and joining operations in Poland and Sweden.

The group also includes Shiloh Die Cast Midwest LLC in Pleasant Prairie, WI, which produces high-pressure diecastings for axle housings, gear cases, valve covers, and shock towers.

About the Author

Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)