ISO 9001:2015


PM Supplier in Mexico

Leading Provider

of Powder Metal Components

  • 16100 South Figueroa Street, Gardena, California, USA
  • +1 310 366 5999


ISO 9001:2015


PM Supplier in Mexico

Leading Provider

of Powder Metal Components


Capstan History.

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.

Capstan Today.

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.

Capstan Message.

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.

Our focused product lines, motivated associates, shared decision-making, and efficient regional production operations offer best cost solutions to your Powder Metal challenges. – Chapin Paullin, Capstan California, Vice President of Sales

Team Members

Mark Paullin

Capstan Incorporated – Chief Executive Officer
Mark Paullin, Gen 2, CEO – Son of Don Paullin – Founder, Mark has guided Capstan for 45 years overseeing the expansions of Capstan Atlantic, Capstan Mexico, Capstan Tennessee (since sold), and Capstan California. Mark has a MBA from University of Southern California and an Economics BS from BYU. Mark has been able to grow Capstan substantially while keeping the company privately owned as a leading global powder metal company.

Bonnie Gonzales

Capstan Incorporated – Chief Financial Officer
Bonnie joined Capstan 45 years ago working directly for Don Paullin, Capstan’s founder. Bonnie studied Accounting at California State Fullerton and received her BA while working at Capstan. Her contribution and leadership over many years have been crucial to Capstan’s success.

Chris Doughty

Capstan Atlantic – President
Chris has been the President of Capstan Atlantic for over 30 years. Back from a recent run for Governor of Massachusetts. Chris graduated from BYU Economics BS and earned his MBA from Harvard University. He has overseen the rapid growth and expansion of Capstan Atlantic under his tenure.

Mike Smith

Capstan Atlantic – Vice President
Mike joined Capstan Atlantic during the expansion and founding of Capstan east coast operations overseeing year over year growth for 30 years. Mike Smith has guided Capstan Atlantic into the specialties of Powder Metal Gear Technology. See more at www.capstanatlantic.com today.

Chapin Paullin

Capstan California – General Manager / Vice President of Sales
Chapin Paullin, Gen 3, joined Capstan in 2012 overseeing acquisition of Rush Metals / Melling Sintered Metals in Billings, Oklahoma. Chapin joined Capstan Atlantic’s Sales and Marketing team in 2014 developing new programs and expanding the Capstan brand. Chapin was promoted to Capstan California’s Vice President of Sales in 2017. Chapin graduated in Economics  from Westminster College and plans to pursue an MBA in the coming years. In 2022, Chapin became General Manager of Capstan California.

David Morales

Capstan California – Project Engineer
David joined Capstan California in 2018 as Lead Setup Technician after more than 30 years experience at ASCO Sintering. In 2021, David was promoted to Project Engineer and Setup Trainer to oversee the new generation of talented professionals learn the setup trade. David has succeeded in developing award winning programs here at Capstan as well as at his previous positions.

Gerardo Ochoa V.

Capstan Mexico – General Manager
Gerardo was promoted to General Manager of Capstan Mexico in 2022. Gerardo joined Capstan Mexico over 20 years ago as Project Engineer and has overseen the growth and expansion of product lines. In 2021, Gerardo oversaw the transition from endo gases to new disassociated ammonia and nitrogen furnaces. Gerardo has been a key player in the success of Capstan Mexico. Gerardo has a mechanical engineering degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Enrique Barba

Capstan Mexico – Vice President of Sales
Enrique started working at Capstan Mexico in 1995 after his completion of training at SinterStahl. Enrique was previously General Manager of Capstan Mexico for over 15 years and is now VP of Sales for Capstan Mexico. Enrique has an electrical engineering degree from  Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

Christian Paullin

Capstan Permaflow – Vice President of Filter Technologies
Christian Paullin, Gen 3, joined Capstan Permaflow in 2014 as Operations Manager. Christian graduated in Biology from Claremont McKenna College and took a leave of absence to earn his MBA from University of Southern California. In 2018, Christian rejoined Capstan as President of Filter Technologies overseeing the growth and strategies of porous operations.

Mario Juarez

Capstan Permaflow – Plant Manager
Mario has overseen the filter operations at Capstan California for 20 years. Mario has in-depth knowledge of each step of the process and has helped develop many different filter programs at Capstan California. Mario developed the filters NASA required for the Mars Curiosity Rover Project in the early 2000’s.