Don Paullin founded Capstan Incorporated in 1956 in his 400 sq. ft. garage. Pictured right is an original drawing from 1964 showing his Capstan Permaflow sintered filter innovation to the world. In 1981, Capstan was joined by Mark Paullin, Gen 2 as the company purchased Kwikset Locks the same year. In 1987, Capstan purchased SinterMetals and renamed this to Capstan Atlantic. The original site was closed and moved to their current location in 1991. Capstan Mexico was established in 1996 in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2013, Christian Paullin, Gen 3 joined Capstan California and Capstan Tennessee was sold to Netshape Tech the same year. After the sale, Capstan purchased Melling Sintered Metals in Oklahoma and Chapin Paullin, Gen 3 joined during the acquisition process. Family owned and operated for over 70 years of leadership in the powder metal industry.
The company principally operates through its four manufacturing locations – Capstan California (Los Angeles), Capstan Permaflow (Los Angeles), Capstan Atlantic (Boston), and Capstan Mexico (Guadalajara) – with each location specializing in different segments of the PM industry.
Over the last 70 years Capstan has been making sustainable progress in the powder metal industry and driving positive change on every continent. Capstan strives to deliver the highest quality products for an affordable price in a timely manner. Customers turn to Capstan to help them develop engineered solutions to their products and services. Capstan is one of the world’s leading powder metal manufacturers with a broad range of capabilities, technologies, material solutions, and decades of experience.