Springboro manufacturer enjoys growth

SPRINGBORO — Growth in the auto industry has led Sunstar Engineering Americas to work with Springboro government on an expansion of its trucking docks and parking spaces at its 85 S. Pioneer Blvd. facility, city and company officials said.

But Ed Robbins, Sunstar controller, said the company wants to be careful and measured about how it responds to a stronger auto industry.

Robbins confirmed that the company is seeking more room for trucks to maneuver on its property. He also said the company has already added a “few” employees in recent months. Robbins said fewer than 10 new employees have been hired.

“At this point, we don’t want to say we’re going to add a ton of people,” Robbins said today, June 8. He didn’t want to be more precise about how many jobs have been or could be added.

Chris Pozzuto, Springboro assistant city manager, said the company has worked with the city on expanding its docks and parking area. He saw this as good news for the city and the company.

Sunstar’s Springboro facility today has about 65 employees, working to produce underbody coats and body sealants for the auto industry, Robbins said. Sunstar also has a facility in Franklin, 700 Watkins Glen Drive. That facility’s Web site says it is the “largest OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and aftermarket supplier of motorcycle sprockets in the world.”

“Our company is kind of correlated exactly with how the car market goes,” Robbins said.

He said that from his company’s vantage point, the auto industry is rebounding a bit, particularly from a dismal 2009. He declined to talk about Sunstar’s customers.

“We’ve got some good news from a business standpoint,” Robbins said.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2390 or tgnau@DaytonDailyNews.com.

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