George Salter, Plant Manager, of Keystone Automatic Technologies, was the guest speaker at the Rotary luncheon meeting, April 9th. Keystone, a secondary operation, was started in 1978 by owners Dr. Charles Blumle, Fred Bignell, Ray Housler and Joe Newton. In 1985, the company relocated to the current location at 1 South Maple Street, a former Sylvania building. In 1986, Al Barry joined as a salesman and in 1988 Charles Blumle and Al Barry became the sole owners and started updating equipment. July of 2014, MetalKraft Industries out of Wellsboro purchased the company which runs 1 shift with 21 employees.
The company is a manufacturer of high quality, precision parts made from most metals. Processes include cold heading, wire forming with four-sides, press stamping, nail making and thread rolling. Most of us can find something we own in our homes made at Keystone. Some of the parts are in cardiac catheterization pumps, staple gun rods, nails in garden equipment, tips for spanner wrenches just to name a few.
They are very proud of the CCHS students participating for the first time with 16 different schools and winning an award in the Northern Central’s “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video
at their plant.