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ContiTech open house attracts over 550 people

Oct 03, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor ContiTech of Mt. Pleasant celebrated its 40th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 30, with an open house that drew over 550 people. Guests were treated to a free lunch catered by Hy-Vee as well as tours of the plant.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

It may have been operated under several handles the past 40 years, but the ContiTech plant, owned by the Continental Corporation, has been a staple on Mt. Pleasant’s westside since opening in 1977 as the Goodyear plant. Veyance Technologies, which purchased the plant in 2007, also preceded Continental as owners.

To mark the occasion, ContiTech opened its doors to the community Saturday, offering the public tours of the plant and a free rib-eye steak or tenderloin lunch catered by Hy-Vee. While the adults were either conversing at the lunch tables set up in one section of the plant, the youngsters were treated to games in another section of the plant.

Denise Hill, ContiTech human resources manager and organizer of the event along with the activities committee, said ContiTech has an open house every five years. “It gives the public and also our retirees an opportunity to see the plant the way it appears today.”

Plant Manager Richard Reisdorf said the 40-year mark speaks to the quality of the plant and its employees. “To conduct business for 40 years is an outstanding accomplishment,” Reisdorf began. “However, to manufacture with the success rate that Mt. Pleasant has demonstrated is amazing.

“This is a true testament to the people, especially to the plant’s staff including the hourly people who consistently deliver a quality product to our customer base,” he continued. “I’m proud of our team. It’s truly an honor to work with such a talented and motivated workforce.”

Continental acquired the 200,000 square-foot plant in 2015 and integrated it into its division ContiTech. Late last year, the firm announced it would be expanding its Mt. Pleasant plant. A product line was added last year and the company hopes to have a 36,000 square-foot addition completed by the end of the year to accommodate a PVC hose line. Now, the plant only manufactures rubber hoses.

The plant began production with two spiral house lines in 1977 and now employs 270 workers. The local plant primarily produces industrial and automotive hoses and application varies from household uses such as washing machine and garden hose to automotive uses, such as power steering, fuel line and heater hose.

The Mt. Pleasant plant operates four 12-hour shifts and two eight-hour shifts 24/7, Harris said.

She said the open house was very successful, attracting about 550 people. “I heard a lot of favorable comments, and I think the retirees were very happy to come back and see the plant doing well.”

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