December 21, 2004 For more information contact:
Kristyn Godlew (248) 364-7787
or (248) 884-0457
GKN Sinter Metals’ Gallipolis, Ohio, Plant Will Remain Open
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., - GKN Sinter Metals plans to continue operations at its Gallipolis,
Working closely with state and local government, union representatives, employees and
customers, GKN Sinter Metals developed an economic package that enables the company to
maintain jobs at the Gallipolis facility, according to Richard Best, the company’s president,
North American Operations.
The Gallipolis plant had been targeted for possible closure because of industry cost pressures and
operating losses at the facility that manufactures transmission components for the automotive
“We are pleased that GKN Sinter Metals will be able to continue production at the Gallipolis
plant,” said Best. “A combined effort between all stakeholders – but most importantly a positive
vote from employees – has made it possible to retain jobs at the facility.”
“This has been a difficult situation for our employees, but I am pleased and relieved that we have
found a way forward. I appreciate the commitment by the employees that made this
announcement possible,” Best concluded.
GKN Sinter Metals, with more than 30 locations worldwide and business assets spanning 13
countries and five continents, has annualized sales of approximately $850 million and is the
world’s leading producer of powder metal components. The company employs some 7,200
people and produces more than 10,000 different parts for the automotive, commercial vehicle,
home appliance, lawn & garden, office equipment, power tool, and recreational vehicle markets.
GKN Sinter Metals is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.K.-based GKN plc, a global industrial