Metaldyne's Joe Nowak said the company is getting business from an Asian automaker
Instead, it is winning business from new customers under a new owner - Metaldyne Corp.
Since Metaldyne bought out the Indiana operation this year, the Plymouth, Mich., supplier has announced a major contract to begin supplying Ford Motor Co. for the first time.
This week, the company also will announce its first business from an Asian automaker, said Joe Nowak, president of Metaldyne's Chassis Group, which now operates New Castle.
Nowak spoke here last week about the project to breathe life into New Castle. Metaldyne's multistep approach at the plant included:
Chrysler had begun expanding New Castle in 2000, but that project stalled a year later when the automaker concluded that its chassis components were not core to its business.
Facing financial troubles, Chry-sler planned to allow older parts of the plant to wind down over several years with no plans for new business.
Now that the plant is moving forward, Nowak says it will expedite the demolition and removal of obsolete parts of the factory.
"We want the community there to get the right message from us," he said. "We've got a good future."