Miami County manufacturers plan multimillion-dollar expansions

Piqua project not believed to involve new jobs, F&P America in Troy signed up to be part of job fair.

A pair of Miami County employers are planning substantial expansions.

Auto parts producer F&P America, on Corporate Drive in Troy, with Bellefontaine-based Humble Construction, have applied for a 36,109-square-foot expansion, one valued at $3 million, recent Miami County records indicate.

And Piqua Materials, a producer of construction aggregates and industrial mineral fillers, have applied to build a new mill, an addition to an existing operation, at 6025 Piqua Troy Road, a 3,600-square-foot project valued at $3.8 million, records also show. The mill will process limestone.

The contractor in that project is Aggregate Processing, out of Brooks, Kentucky.

F&P America Manufacturing makes suspension parts for General Motors, Honda, Toyota and original equipment manufacturers in the auto industry.

Seven years ago, when GM was turning to lighter, but stronger, steels for its vehicles, F&P invested $26 million into two new servo metal-stamping presses — a 3,000-ton press and a 1,000-ton press — at the company’s 2101 Corporate Drive plant.

Questions were sent to both companies. A Miami County development official said she did not believe the Piqua project involves new jobs.

Joseph Graves, president of the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, said F&P America has signed up to be part of the Miami County job fair.

The hiring event is rapidly approaching capacity limit of 74 businesses, Graves said. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at Hobart Arena in Troy. Job-seekers are invited to simply “show up and attend,” he said.

Hobart Arena is at 255 Adams St., Troy.

“We have manufacturing to health care to the service industry” at the fair, he said.

All employers are looking for “good responsible employees, pretty much 99% of the businesses and industries I’ve spoken to are looking for help,” Graves said.

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