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ContiTech plant marks 75 years in Ohio

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Continental A.G.’s ContiTech division is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its North American manufacturing facility for engineered products in St. Marys, a western Ohio community.

“We are proud to share in this diamond jubilee celebration of a highly versatile and productive facility,” says Jim Hill, ContiTech CEO for the NAFTA Region.

“This plant has made literally millions of rubber parts for many markets and industries, and we are confident that it will continue that process into the future.”

Known originally as “St. Marys Manufacturing Company,” the 50,000-square-foot plant began production on Jan. 2, 1940 with 66 employees. It was a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and its workers were represented by URW Local 200, which was chartered in April of 1941.

By 1968, it became the world’s largest molded and extruded rubber producer. In 2007, Goodyear Engineered Products group was acquired by the Carlyle Group doing business as Veyance Technologies. In January 2015, Veyance, and all of its manufacturing facilities including St. Marys, was acquired by Continental ContiTech.

Peak employment of 2,300 was reached in 1954. Today, the plant employs 400 workers under 798,000 square feet or 18.5 acres. The facility manufactures rubber track products for the agriculture industry and for other applications in addition to mixing rubber for its own operations as well as the Marysville, Ohio, conveyor belt plant and other plants within the ContiTech organization.

“This plant’s management and workers are a proud group, and it is because of their dedication that the facility continues to perform above expectations,” Hill says. “We are all now part of a new organization that will enable us to strategically position ourselves to provide dynamic growth for all of the markets in which we compete in the NAFTA region.”

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