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C&A Tool making investments to prepare for further growth

CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (April 6, 2011) – Locally based C&A Tool Engineering announced today that the company is expanding production capabilities at its Churubusco operations at both its main facility and the former MAHLE Clevite facility, which the company acquired in spring 2010.

C&A Tool will add equipment to support new business for the jet engine, power generation, and industrial markets. New equipment will feature large turning and milling capabilities; examples include a CNC lathe (41” diameter x 128” length), Vertical Turning and Milling (63” diameter x 43” height), and Boring Mill (70” x 118” x 70” travel).

In addition, the company is expanding its high volume precision fuel system capabilities to support expanding diesel engine demand. This technology will complement existing operations, helping to reinforce C&A as an industry leader in the metalworking trade. The company also plans to add 18 new positions to its current 511 employee Churubusco-area workforce.

Established in 1969 as a premier tool and die maker, C&A Tool has become a national and international supplier of metalworking specialties and now has approximately 511 fulltime employees and 750,000 SF of manufacturing space at facilities in the Churubusco area and in Auburn (IN). During spring/summer 2011, the company plans to exhibit at the OrthoTec, MD&M East, and OMTEC medical & surgical tradeshows, along with the EASTEC 2011, the East Coast’s largest annual manufacturing event.

“On behalf of the Town Council, we are pleased to again support C&A Tool’s continued growth and success in our community,” said Town Council President Frank Kessler, “We cannot overstate our appreciation for the commitment the company’s leadership has demonstrated to our community.”

The Churubusco Town Council this evening approved a request for phase-in of personal property taxes on approximately $8,000,000 in new machinery and equipment purchases. The Whitley County EDC continues to work with C&A Tool and regional economic development partners such as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Talent Initiative to support the company’s business development goals.

About C&A Tool Engineering, Inc.
As a tooling, engineering and contract manufacturer C&A Tool serves markets in transportation, aeronautical, medical, business equipment, food processing, appliances, consumer goods, machine tools and other industries. C&A Tool is both ISO and TS, and AS91000B certified. The company’s operations also meet FDA standards and approval for manufacturing in the sensitive areas of medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, food, and others. For more information about C&A, please visit www.catool.com.

About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to implement a unified economic development effort and to expand employment and business opportunities for the benefit of the people of Whitley County by developing and maintaining cooperation of all individuals, groups, and organizations within the county. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit www.whitleyedc.com.

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Media Contacts:
Dick Conrow (C&A Tool) – 260.693.2167
Frank Kessler (Churubusco) – 260.693-9350
Alan Tio (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506

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