CAPSONIC GAINS UNIT IN AUTOMOTIVE

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Insert molder Capsonic Group of Elgin, Ill., assumed a more-defined role last year within its parent firm, holding company Gabriel Technologies Inc.

A Gabriel acquisition led to a realignment. Gabriel bought Federal Mogul Corp.'s electrical products operations and renamed the unit Capsonic Automotive.

``Long range, as their systems grow, it may become an avenue for our business,'' said Dale W. White, general manager of Capsonic Group.

In Elgin, Capsonic Group runs 34 vertical and five horizontal insert molding machines with clamping forces of 30-200 tons. The molder employs 240, had 1996 sales of about $30 million and expects 10-12 percent growth this year.

Molding of automotive housings, switch bases and connectors make up about 55 percent of Capsonic's business, and electromechanical carriages and connectors for computers and business machines, about 35 percent.

Machinery at a former Capsonic Group operation in Elk Grove Village, Ill., was relocated to Ciudad Ju rez, Mexico.

Gabriel also retrofitted an existing, 30,000-square-foot Elgin facility as a technical center for Capsonic Group.