Michigan company acquires Smithfield Manufacturing – The Leaf-Chronicle

CLARKSVILLE — A privately-held Shelby Township, Mich., company has acquired Clarksville’s Smithfield Manufacturing (SMI), along with another Michigan company, creating what owners called one of the largest full-service aluminum casting and machining groups in the Midwest.
Future Die Cast and Engineering (FDCA) announced the acquisition of Conner Engineering of Clinton Township, Mich., along with the local SMI facilities and operations on Kraft Street.
SMI is deeply rooted in Clarksville’s economic history. It was founded in 1952 by local machinist Basil Smithfield, and has been in operation at its present location on Kraft since the mid-1970s. This facility offers Swiss screw machines, mills and lathes, grinding, fabricating, thread rolling and precision prototyping abilities.
Ron Smithfield, retired as the longtime local owner, told The Leaf-Chronicle the acquisition is a good business move for the Clarksville SMI facility and its local employees.
With these new acquisitions, FDCA now consists of V-Line Precision Products located in Walled Lake, Mich., and Algonac Cast Products in Algonac, Mich., along with the local SMI operations plus facilities in Shelby Township and Clinton Township, both in Michigan, said a news release.
Future Die Cast was formed in 1990 and has, the company said, established an “excellent reputation with its customers in many diverse markets, including automotive, hydraulic, industrial goods, and automotive service groups.”
The focus at FDC is on prototype and short-run production of high-pressure die-cast and sand-cast aluminum castings, and precision machining utilizing their more-than 18, four-axis CNC machining centers.
“FDC has been able to achieve this reputation largely due to the fact that FDC is fully-integrated,” the release said. “FDC has the ability to design and build all of their own high-pressure die-cast dies, along with the ability to cast and machine the castings that are produced from these dies. All of this is done between two locations a block away from each other. FDC currently utilizes many engineering disciplines for the design and build of its products: 3D modeling, X-Ray, CMM layout, EKK mold flow analysis, reverse engineering and many more.”
The addition of Conner and SMI will bring FDCA’s total manufacturing footprint to over 245,000 square feet, spanning six facilities in two states, and over 200 precision CNC machining centers, the company said. This also includes in-house design and building of both high-pressure die-cast tooling as well as sand-cast pattern-making.
“With over 200 associates and projected sales of over $20 million, the FDCA family is well-positioned for growth in the aluminum components marketplace,” said the release.
CEO and President Mason Richardson added, “The addition of these two companies will provide us with the unique capability of supplying our customers with the best aluminum cast components. We believe the synergistic benefits will create an efficient and cost-competitive offering for all of our valued customers.
“FDC Group can uniquely serve a diverse group of market segments that require a natural combination of die cast tooling and patterns and high-pressure die-casting components,” Richardson said.
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