Frank and Lila Casella founded AFC Tool as a family owned company in 1972. Today now 45 years later under the leadership of son Mike Casella, FC Industries has become a metal manufacturing powerhouse providing Products, solutions and increased efficiencies for a multiple of industries. It is upon this foundation that AFC Tool was born.
In 1983 BarSplice Products was acquired, and again in the late 1980’s growth came again. FC Industries was formed as a holding company for AFC Tool, BarSplice, newly acquired Dayton Precision Punch [in 2012 it was renamed Dayton Precision Aerospace to more close match our capabilities] and newly formed AFC Stamping. FC Industries is now a family owned holding company for the four companies all sharing synergies to multiply their successes.
Today AFC Tool has almost 100 employees (FC Industries boasts more than 300.) While the first orders for AFC came from the many Delco locations in the Dayton area, AFC Tool now partners with worldwide industry leaders. These customers rely upon AFC Tool to develop effective solutions to improve manufacturing operations. The core competency is the design and build of special machines, dies, jigs, gauges, fixtures and Prototypes. Offering a complete turnkey approach, we solve our customers’ toughest manufacturing challenges. Many of our customers have tried competitors and then returned to AFC Tool to provide their much needed advanced machinery technology with the highest quality and within critical time restraints.
Today AFC Tool prides itself in the number of long term customers that return again and again for their much-needed custom tooling of the highest quality and within critical time restraints.
Today, AFC Tool is known for partnering with industry leaders. Major companies rely upon AFC Tool to develop effective solutions to improve manufacturing operations. Our core competency is the design and build of special machines, dies, jigs, gauges, and fixtures. We offer a complete turnkey approach to solving our customers’ toughest manufacturing challenges. When our competitors try and fail, many companies turn to AFC Tool to have us provide their much needed advance machining technology.
1981, AFC moves to Radio Rd.
1984, CNC machining centers
1986, Wire EDM
1987, CNC Turning
1987, Computer Aided Design
1991, CMM inspection
1992, Special machine controls department
2003, 3D solid modeling
2012‐2014, Large part machining added
2014, Load testing
In December 1983, Frank Casella acquired Dayton Barsplice from Dayton Sure Grip & Shore Company.
In 1989, FC Industries was formed as a holding company for AFC Tool, AFC Stamping & Production, Dayton Precision Punch and Barsplice Products. Though each company operates independently to serve our customers specific needs, the combination of these related companies creates a true full service capability. FC’s roots can be traced to AFC Tool’s start in 1972.
The Casella family purchased Precision Diversified Punch. Today it is known as Dayton Precision Aerospace.
In 1990, AFC Stamping and Production was created based on a need by core AFC Tool customers. During this time period many core AFC Tool employees were moved into management positions throughout both DPA and AFC Stamping. Still today it’s a core belief, promote from within and train people to be the best. The slogan ‘’your success is our success” came about during this time period and still holds true today.
In 1995 due to growth of all companies Barsplice and AFC Stamping move to 1300 Grange Hall road. Dayton Precision moves to 1875 Radio road. Total space occupied is 132,000 sf. In 2003 all four companies needed additional space. Frank made a bold move and purchased 4900 Webster St, more than doubling our square footage to 300,000 sq. ft.
In 2010 Frank Casella retires and son Mike officially becomes President/CEO. The transition of leadership is complete, many years is the making. FC industries continues to grow and prosper as the company invests in its people and technology.