WAPAKONETA — General Aluminum Manufacturing, of 13663 Short Road, Wapakoneta, has been located in Wapakoneta for more than 20 years now. The facility is an aluminum die casting supplier to a variety of industries, which include automotive, agricultural, industrial and appliance industries.
“Our biggest excitement right now is that we’ve attained a few new clients, with the biggest new client being Metalsa,” said Darren Jordan, human resource manager. “The majority of the work we do is for Chrysler. We picked up Metalsa probably in November or December, and we’re excited about it. We’re getting the opportunity to show them what we can do. They make some of the parts that go in the Dodge Ram, so we’re assisting them in making those parts.”
Currently the facility employs 140 people but has employed up to 165 in the past.
The company is also getting more involved with the community.
”One of the other things that we are excited about right now is our involvement in the community. We’ve become extremely involved in the community over the last year, trying to make sure that people know that we exist here. We’ve been here over 20 some years, and lots of people still don’t know us,” Jordan said.
The company got involved with the local chamber of commerce to help the community in getting to know them.
”We’ve done some sponsorships for some Chamber events; there’s a bowling event that we’re going to be a sponsor for, there is a town hall meeting that is sponsored by the mayor and some of the local politicians, we are also a sponsor of it,” Jordan said.
“And then we’re doing a joint event with the Chamber for Easter. It’s going to be an Easter Egg hunt for the community. We’ve done it here at General Aluminum in the past, and we’ve done it for our employees and their children, but this year we decided to go into a joint effort with the Chamber and open it up to everyone in the local community. We’ll have it here on our grounds. We’re excited about that because again it gives us an opportunity to put our hand out there and let people know that we’re just not here making parts and we aren’t just sitting back quietly where we are, we’re actually doing some things in the community.”
In addition, the company has been invited to Wapakoneta High School to give a presentation to students.
“It’s such a close-knit community. Last month, we participated in a kind of a job fair where we went over to Wapakoneta High School and gave a presentation about who we are and what we do,” Jordan said. “We were asked to come back in the spring. We’re trying to make sure we get ourselves out there and let people know that we are part of the community.”
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.