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ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION The 2012 Industry Guide is a joint publication of the Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call. In this edition, we will take a look not only at Miami County Industries, but also Miami County industrial support companies. If you would like to be included in next year’s 2013 Industry Guide, please contact Leiann Stewart at (937) 440-5252.

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Troy Chamber serves local businesses The Troy Area Chamber of Commerce has an exciting schedule for 2012. On April 26, 2012, the always popular Business Expo returned to Troy. Every year, the Business Expo is much anticipated by the chamber membership and the community at large. This fifth biennial event was held on Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 3-7 p.m. at the Hobart Arena. The event was free of charge and was open to the public. The Business Expo did feature more than 100 business exhibitors from the Troy/Miami County area. These exhibitors did offer exciting displays/demonstrations showcasing their products and services and had promotional/giveaway items. “We are pleased to report that a wide range of businesses want to participate in the Business Expo again,” noted Sabra Johnson, executive director for the Chamber. “We have built on and enhanced the successful formula used in our previous five Business Expos. The Expo committee members are working hard to create an exposition that will showcase Troy/Miami County business and industry.” In addition, to the many categories of businesses participating, the Expo showcases local restaurants from the Troy community providing tasty samples. The Troy Daily News was the Diamond Media sponsor and did provide a number of promotions for the Expo during March and April to attract attendees from the region. The always anticipated grand prize drawing was held at the end of the event, and the lucky winner did receive a $1,000 check,

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The Troy Chamber of Commerce was at the McDonald’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2012. courtesy of the Platinum sponsor, Bruns Realty. In February, the Troy Chamber unveiled its newest program, The DPL Energy Discount Program. Chamber members were able to take advantage of a greatly reduced electric rate on their businesses electric bill. Current Chamber members were mailed information on the guidelines and how they could take advantage of this great money-saving opportunity. The Troy Chamber did unveil its theme for the 2012 Membership Drive in March. The campaign helped introduce potential new members and refresh current members to the many benefits that the Chamber offers. Among those benefits that members may take advantage of are: health and dental insurance, workman’s compensation coverage, free or PROVIDED PHOTO reduce advertising opporDayton Dragons mascot Heater visits the Troy tunities, Chamber Bucks, Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

free Notary Service, free certificate of origin verification and the always popular Member to Member program. Call the Chamber for more information on these great programs. The first week of June brought some big changes for the Troy Strawberry Festival, a special program of the Troy Chamber, as the festival moved to downtown Troy due to the closing of the Adams Street Bridge while it is being replaced. The Strawberry Festival and the city of Troy worked diligently to make the 2012 Strawberry Festival a safe and pleasant experience for festival goers. The 2012 chair of the Festival was Corie Schweser, who selected the theme “Mardi Gras Berries.” We hoped you were there for the Troy Strawberry Festival

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Chamber from guest speakers and special programs. The and helped support the highly successful Not For many not-for-profit organiProfit Council sponsored zations that had booths at an Expo in April 2011, the festival. For many of focused on our area nonthe organizations this is profits. The event was their only project to raise held at Hobart Arena funds for their endeavors. with more than 85 NFP The Chamber’s Annual participating. The Expo Auction took place the was attended by more third week of August at than 100 residents who the Miami County learned more about what Fairgrounds. The Annual services the nonprofits Auction is a fun evening to offered and enjoyed free enjoy and one of the dental screening, free Chamber’s most popular visions screening and events of the year and tasty treats from Panera much anticipated by Bread. Chamber members. The NFP Expo was The Troy Area Chamber also of interest for people PROVIDED PHOTO of Commerce offers many looking for an organizaopportunities that touch a Bruns Construction donates $1,000 to the Troy Chamber of Commerce Business tion to volunteer their Expo. broad range of interest time and help. The Not and helps individuals and promotion of economic prise system; and to serve the Not For Profit For Profit Expo will businesses. The Chamber vitality and growth; the as a forum for contempoCouncil, quarterly events return in the spring of follows its mission “to stimulation of a favorable rary issues affecting the are offered to area non2013 at Hobart Arena. enhance the quality of life business environment; the region.” profit organizations to Another special proin our area through the connect, learn and benefit gram of the Troy advancement of free enterThrough the work of

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Chamber of Commerce is Leadership Troy. This popular and successful program was started in 1984 by the Troy Chamber in cooperation with Edison Community College and is designed to increase the quality and quantity of men and women capable of accepting leadership roles in community organizations. The program, which consists of nine full-day sessions to be held once a month from February through October, exposes the participants to a variety of social and economic issues and opportunities facing the Troy community. The program will consist of panels, lectures, on-site visit, group discussions, simulations and internship participation on a local community board.

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Hobart: A Troy tradition for more than 100 years TROY — For more than 100 years, Hobart has supported the food equipment and service needs for the food service and food retail industries. Hobart makes a full line of equipment for the food service and food retail industry, including cooking, food preparation, warewashers, weight wrap, Baxter baking and Traulsen refrigeration. The company supports its customers when and where it counts the most, in the field, at your place. With nearly 200 locations and 1,700 factory-trained service representatives across the country, they are always close by to install, maintain and service equipment. Hobart is part of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a Fortune 200 company that owns numerous and diverse manufacturing units and brands. Hobart belongs to ITW Food Equipment Group North America, which also includes other

well-known brands such as Baxter, Traulsen, Foster, Gaylord, Hanson, Kairak, Somat, Stero, Vulcan, Wittco and Wolf. The company’s vision is to lead the food service and retail equipment industry through technical innovation, operational excellence, superior customer service and unsurpassed value. They plan to achieve it while applying the 80/20 strategy, which focuses on the needs of 20 percent of strategic customers who generate 80 percent of revenues. Such strategy not only helps in defining our future tasks, but it also supports building and maintaining long-term relationships with customers and partners. Troy is home to production facilities for food machines, warewashing, waste equipment and cooking equipment. The Troy facility is located at 701 S. Ridge Ave., and PROVIDED PHOTO can be reached at (937) 332-3000 or The Troy facility is at 701 S. Ridge Ave. For more than 100 years, Hobart has supported the www.hobartcorp.com. food equipment and service needs for the food service and food retail industries.

Upper Valley Career Center offers better futures for students the Ohio University system. The school employs 240 staff members. The Upper Valley Career Center completed a $24 million renovation project in time to welcome high school students in September 2012. The comprehensive building project included replacement of all mechanical systems, plumbing, fixtures and technology. The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission and local voters’ investment extends the functional use of the 37-year-old structure well into the future. The reconfiguration of interior spaces allows the school greater flexibility to shift and expand programming as required to align with education and employment trends. New high school pro-

gramming in the 2012 school year includes Medical Information Management and PreEngineering and Mechanical Design Technologies. Advanced Manufacturing: PLC and Machining have been added in the Adult Division, with a similar high school programming in development. Every high school program at Upper Valley now provides a clear pathway to post-secondary education. Assuring graduates of confidence in their ability to continue learning and continue advancing their careers. The Adult Division partners with Edison Community College to share services and effectively collaborate with local business, industry and development agengies.

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PIQUA — A 2.9-mill levy to build the Upper Valley JVS — later renamed the Upper Valley Career Center — was approved in 1972, opened for adult students in 1975 and high school students later that fall. The Upper Valley Career Center provides career and technical education for high school and adult students. The high school currently provides training in 20 diverse career fields for more than 800 students. Upper Valley Career Center is the school of choice for students from 14 associate schools throughout Miami and Shelby counties. The Adult Division offers a variety of full-time, careertechnical education programs as well as customized workforce training and assessments through


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Skinner Painting & Restoration continues to thrive nies, Skinner offers painting services to many companies, farmers and residential customers throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Skinner Painting specializes in painting the interior and exterior of manufacturing plants and commercial buildings. Interior painting in these facilities includes walls, ceilings and color coding pipes. Painting the exterior surfaces of brick, block, stucco, metal, wood and cedar siding. They mosaic, ceramic carpet, second- paint new construction and work with many general conary containment and slurry tractors on painting restausystems are some of the floor systems available. Floor polish- rants, heath care facilities and office buildings. ing and floor striping are also Skinner’s core customer available and have become popular in the manufacturing and base since the early 1940s commercial industries. through today is within the As one of Ohio’s leading agricultural industry, painting industrial, commercial and structures such as grain sysagricultural painting compatems, grain bins, dryers, silos, 2315025

PIQUA — Skinner Painting & Restoration is a family owned and operated painting and concrete floor coating corporation. The company was founded in 1944 by Cecil and Doris Skinner. They built the company into a successful business, which continues to grow and thrive to this day. Having worked for the company since the mid 1970s, grandson David Middleton has continued their legacy. David Middleton, owner and president, has worked to increase business, maintain and continually train skilled employees and incorporate other services to offer customers. In order to accommodate Skinner Painting’s continued growth, it expanded in 2009 to a larger facility at 4633 W. U.S. Route 36 in Piqua.

Skinner Painting has become one of the industry’s leading industrial floor coating specialists. Shot blasting, diamond grinding, scarifying and hand grinding are some of the prep work completed to concrete floors prior to application of a wide range of flooring systems. Epoxy, urethane, decorative

barns and outbuildings. Sand blasting, power washing, water blasting, and hand scraping are still preferred methods of prepping these types of structures. From the residential farmer to the industrial agricultural corporation, Skinner applies numerous types of coatings on multiple structures and systems associated with this industry. For 68 years, Skinner Painting & Restoration has been a reputable, reliable, fully insured painting company that offers various types of painting, floor coatings, heated plural components Polyurea, building restoration, roof coatings, tank linings, water proofing and graffiti removal. Middleton welcomes new and existing customers to stop in, visit the website at www.skinnerpainting. com or call (937) 773-3858.

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Piqua Transfer & Storage Company has been in business more than a century PIQUA — Piqua Transfer & Storage Company started business in the late 1800s, a family business, as a local pick-up and delivery service for the railroad. At that time, freight was delivered by horse and wagon, a far cry from what Piqua Transfer & Storage company is today. In later years, we became a mover of household goods as an agent for Mayflower and also maintained a warehouse for storage accounts. In the last 20 years, our focus has gone from household goods to primarily freight of all kinds. Our fleet has grown to 65 conventional Freightliners. We also have acquired 100 53-foot logistics vans, 20 Conestoga flatbeds and

10 53-foot space-saver refrigerated vans. Our base of operation is in Piqua, 30 miles north of Dayton, off I-75, serving all 48 states in the continental United States. We, at Piqua Transfer, strive to make consistent ontime deliveries every day in a safe and professional manner. Our drivers continue to surpass normal performance expectations. A few years back we were very solvent and had 80 employees. However, at this present time, we currently employ only 55. The current economy has forced us to cut back with pay cuts and lay-offs. We were forced to cancel our dental and eye insurance for our employees. It

has dramatically affected our “PTS Family.” There are at least 10 employees and their families who have been employed 10 plus years and have made a substantial living. There are six employees who have been with us 20 plus years. They have managed to make monthly mortgage payments, put their kids through college, and have lived the “good life.” They are understandably worried that they might not have that once steady income anymore, considering the downturn in the present day-to-day economic woes. A recent 20-year study that was done has produced the following data. • In 1989, our gross sales

Apex adding training facility PIQUA — Apex Aluminum Die Casting Company Inc., 8877 Sherry Drive, Piqua, has announced the groundbreaking of a 2,250square-foot training facility. As a leader in aluminum die cast manufacturing, we value the education and training of our employees, according to Pat Zimmerman, president.

Apex Aluminum Die Casting Company, which employs 76, offers a full service of mold design and manufacturing, die casting and casting finishing. This new addition will be used to hold regular technical, procedural and safety training courses for our employees. We are also excited to announce 2012 as our inaugural year for our

were 3.1 million, which steadily grew to its highest sales in 2006 of 9.2 million. And, that is when the down-turn started. • In those 20 years, 29.5 million was paid out in employee wages. Our health insurance pay out was 3.6 million and our worker’s compensation was at 1.2 million. • In the year 1997, we had the highest payroll ever, being 2.2 million until 2006 when we had the lowest at 1.5 million. We think we can survive. No, we know we can survive. We just need to get things back on track so everybody here can continue to get a piece of the “American Pie.” We have always had a lot of pride in our company, we have

lots of history and integrity to live up to and we hope to continue in this endeavor. By restructuring all of our loans, we hope to be able to be more competitive in our field, and it would enable us to provide our “PTS Family” with the tools that they need to be successful once again. We are all onboard for whatever challenges we must meet in the days to come. We are currently looking for truck drivers with Class A CDL license. Please call Jon Basye locally at (937) 778-4538 or toll free at (888) 590-7655 if you are interested in a position. We would like for you to be a member of our PTS family.

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corporate wellness program. With the everchanging health care debate, we are taking steps to give our employees information about their health and help them make healthful choices every day. Apex, founded in 1980, can be reached at (937) 773-8318, by email at sales@apexdiecasting.com or on the web at www.apexdiecasting.com.

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PIQUA — Palmer Bolt & Supply Co., 250 First St., Piqua, has been in business since 1986. The company offers industrial fasteners, cutting tools, abrasives and janitorial, plant and safety supplies. The company, which employs 15, is spending its first year at its new

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UTC Aerospace Systems Wheels & Brakes employs more than 1,600 worldwide TROY — UTC Aerospace Systems Wheels & Brakes is located in Troy and was founded in 1946. Jim Wharton is the president of the company that employs more than 1,600 employees worldwide. The Wheels & Brakes facility is located on the grounds of the original WACO Aircraft Company, which flourished in the late 1920s and set the state for aviation to continue well in the 21st century in the community. It has created innovative braking systems for more than 200 types of aircraft during the half century, including wheels and brakes for such renowned aircraft as the Space Shuttle and the USAF Thunderbirds.

UTC Aerospace Systems continues to operate under a lean and continuous improvement culture that has allowed them to continue to be competitive through these tough economic times. Wheels & Brakes is uniquely positioned to support new aircraft production, aftermarket services along with the defense and space markets. This balanced portfolio of products and markets has helped the company remain strong through the economic downturn. Additionally, the products have been

selected on the new, more fuel-efficient aircraft that the airlines are using to replace their aging fleets. In addition to the Troy facility, the company has three other manufacturing facilities in Pueblo, Colo.; Spokane, Wash. and Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and seven service centers, both in the U.S. and internationally. Wheels & Brakes has a culture that reflects a dedication to excellence, integrity, mutual trust, dignity and respect in the day-to-day interactions,

according to Valerie Francis, advertising and customer communications manager. She said employees benefit from the stability of a large company’s resources while also enjoying the closer, more personal support of a smaller company atmosphere. Employees can expect challending work assignments as well as opportunities to participate in a well-supported team environment and to share ideas for improvement. For more information, visit www.utcaerospacesys-

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TROY — Established in the fall of 1999, Peak Foods LLC manufactures and sells frozen food. The company focuses on the production and delivery of high-quality, private-label store-brand products. Peak Foods, 1903 W. Main St., in Troy, is constantly expanding. According to its website, the Peak Foods processing plant in Troy is optimized for the production of whipped toppings for both the grocery and food service industries. Services offered include in-house transportation service, one-day transportation to most customer locations and support staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Peak Foods guarantees top quality service, customer-tailored programs and service that exceeds all expectations. The company website, www.peakfoods.com, offers ingredients and recipes as well as contact information for questions and comments. For more information, visit the Peak Foods website or call (937) 335-6466.

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Community support and outreach is a main attribute of Battelle & Battelle LLP’s character and integrity for the past 100 years. This past year, our staff and partners have been involved directly through volunteering and charity events, indirectly by donation and

sponsorship, and affiliation as a board member with nearly 100 organizations in the Miami Valley. Battelle & Battelle LLP believes it is essential to our business and the welfare of the region to be active in the Troy, Piqua and Sidney communities. We work with these cities

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Weiler Welding is a third-generation, familyowned business serving the Piqua, Springfield, Moraine, Fairfield, Dayton and Richmond, Ind. areas. In addition, we have the Balloon Room in Vandalia. The company was founded in 1920 by Herbert G. Weiler Sr. and the company continues today with Herb Weiler Jr. as our president, with his sons serving as vice presidents.

Weiler Welding is known to be the secondoldest family-operated industrial gas and welding supplies company in the United States. Weiler Welding/Balloon Room currently employs 68 people. The company sells industrial gases, to include specialty gases and bulk tank installations. The equipment line includes — but is not limited to —

Lincoln, Miller and Hobart MIG, TIG and plamsa cutting systems, as well as welding consumables. In addition, Weiler offers rental equipment, delivery service, repair services and training. For additional information, please visit our website at www.weilerwelding.com or call our Piqua location at (937) 778-9353 or Weiler corporate offices at (800) 526-9353.

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be confident that you’ll find the perfect match amongst their selection. To learn more or to see their wide selection of flooring, stop in and visit Wholesale Carpet Outlet’s showroom and see what they have to offer. If you have questions just give them a call at (937) 447-4265. Wholesale Carpet Outlet’s knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in selecting the right carpeting or flooring to ensure your satisfaction for years to come.

BRADFORD — Greenville National Bank, founded in 1934, is an independent community bank with the bank’s main office located in Greenville at the corner of 4th & Broadway, Northtown Branch and Sycamore branches (both in Greenville) and other branches located in Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford and Gettysburg. The bank, which employs approximately 90, offers all types of financial services including checking, savings, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts. agricultural,

commercial, consumer and mortgage loans. Internet Banking with bill pay also is available. Green Net Banking, also known as Remote Deposit Capture, is designed for the savvy business customer. This allows a business to scan and convert negotiable items into a digital image/format of ACH or Check 21 and have deposits made directly from the home or office. For more information on this product, call Amy Huber at (937) 548-1114, Ext. 4195, or Nellie Laughead, Ext. 4720, for additional information.

Mortgage applications are available on the bank’s website for submission online. The Bradford branch, located in Miami County at the corner of 721 and U.S. Route 36, Bradford, opened in May 2007. Matt Kolb, branch manager, encourages new and existing customers to stop in or call him at (937) 448-6300 to discuss the very competitive rates available for consumer, commercial, mortgage, and home equity lines of credit. Visit www.greenville nationalbank.com for additional information.

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Aesthetic Finishers is family-owned, operated Business keeps pace with new equipment Aesthetic Finishers is Ohio’s premier familyowned and operated powder and ceramic coating facility dedicated to serving the needs of low and high volume commercial/industrial clients and the individual hot rod/motorsports clients. Aesthetic Finishers utilizes the finest powder coatings and ceramic header coatings available. Our trademarked Armor coat ceramic header coating process is second to none. As our customers finishing requirements have increased, AFI has kept pace by purchasing new equipment to meet these needs. New equipment in the last year included a new 14-gun fully automatic powder booth that will allow AFI to reclaim 100 percent of the over-sprayed powder, which will reduce powder scrap cost, thus making AFI even more of a green company, while also reducing powder coating cost. Our powder coating capabilities include expertise in the coating of sheet metal, aluminum and ferrous castings, aluminum extrusions and any conductive material while specializing in decorative powders such as wrinkles, textures, veins and hammer tones, all in a variety of colors. Along with these decorative powders, AFI also offers high-temperature resistant nonstick coatings. Aesthetic Finishers has many value-added services such as deburring, vibratory mill finishing, polishing,

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ceramic header coating AFI has it all. Not only is AFI capable of thermal stripping and glass beading, complete car bodies and chassis, we also powder coat large items of this size. Valve covers, intake manifolds, engine brackets, wheels and motorcycle frames are also easily coated. For high-heat resistant coating for headers, be sure

to check out our Armor Coating TM ceramic process that not only makes your exhaust parts look great but also helps lower your underhand temperature, thus increasing your motor’s horsepower and driver’s comfort. By developing better coating methods, masking techniques and many other cost reduction ideas, combined with AFI’s better

quality and faster delivery attitude has resulted in monetary savings for many of our customers. We have even been know to help our customers improve their delivery time on “HOT PARTS” by doing whatever it takes to re-arrange our production schedule to meet their deadline. Guaranteed normal lead time with AFI is seven business days. And, if

seven days isn’t quick enough, then just-in-time delivery program can be implemented to fit requirements. Rest assured that AFI will take as much care in the finishing of your parts as you will in your finished project. Competitive Pricing, Better Delivery, & Great Quality = Aesthetic Finishers Inc.


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Buckeye Metals and More looks to grow Upper Valley Hearing and Balance helps protect your hearing

PIQUA — Buckeye Metals and More, 8355 Piqua-Lockington Road, Piqua, is looking forward to five years in business in Miami County. “Having two sons like Allen and Brad have helped grow the business, even in tough times,� said owner Lonny Chambers. Chambers is pleased with the support from the community and other businesses that his new venture has received since opening doors in January 2008. “People in the area from companies to the individuals have supported us greatly. Without them, we would not be here. I think local support is what’s going to keep all of us going,� Chambers said.

The support of a local bank is vital to his company’s success, Chambers said. “Mutual Federal is still there for us. If we have any questions or anything, I can call and they are there for us. With support like that from a local bank, that is just great,� Chambers said. Buckeye Metals and More offers hot rolled steel in sheets, plate, safety floor plate, angle beams, channels, flats, rounds, square and tubing. The company also sells materials in cold drawn steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, stainless steel and miscellaneous types of metals. The company, Chambers said, is expert

at processing capabilities with the own shearing, sawing, welding, drilling, punching, bending and forming of steel. “We purchased a new production saw, which has helped us work better with our customers. If someone needs something done, we can do it,� Chambers said. “We are a company supporting sales and service to our customers. No order is too large or small.� The company also can help individuals who have special needs for metals, Chambers said. Besides Chambers’ two sons, Piqua native Jim Rike also is employed by Buckeye Metals and More. “Coming to Miami County was a great deci-

sion; the support has been greater than I ever hoped for,� Chambers said. The Chambers and Rike enjoy working in Miami County and hope to see their business continue to grow. “We are getting second, third and fourth call backs from businesses and industries,� said Chambers, who is confident that Buckeye Metals and More will grow and thrive in Piqua. Contact Buckeye Metals and More by calling (937) 381-0471 or toll free at (866) 448-7065. The fax number is (937) 381-0473. Business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. E-mail BuckeyeMetals@ localnet.com.

However, a few The doctors of simple precauaudiology at tions can allow Upper Valley people to enjoy Hearing and these activities Balance Inc. urge while still proall people to protecting their tect their hearing hearing. when enjoying Two types of some of their sound exposure favorite activican cause ties, whether it’s DR. MERCER noise-induced cheering on the hearing loss: Ohio State prolonged noise exposure Buckeyes in a stadium of like machinery in a factomore than 100,000 screaming fans or creating ry or a sudden, loud, single burst of sound like a homemade masterpieces bang from a firecracker. while working in a workWhen exposed to loud shop full of loud tools. The sound produced in sounds, the delicate hair these and many other situ- cells lining the inner ear ations can cause perma• See HEARING on 14 nent hearing damage.

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Hearing • Continued from 13 responsible for converting vibrations into sound can become damaged, resulting in hearing loss. According to the Better Hearing Institute’s (BHI) recommendation, people who will be exposed to loud noise should protect their ears with earplugs or other hearing protection. Disposable foam or silicone earplugs are an inexpensive practical solution because they provide hearing protection while still allowing users to hear conversation. Earplugs are readily available at pharmacies, hardware stores and grocery stores. Dr. Rudy, Dr. Lins and Dr. Mercer offer custom hearing protection for musicians, hunters and other individuals who know they will be exposed to damaging levels of noise. “Noise exposure is one of the most common causes of irreversible hearing loss, but the good news is that it is preventable,” says Dr. Jane Rudy, audiologist and owner of Upper Valley Hearing & Balance, Inc. “Exposure to noise over 85dB is unsafe and can cause damage. It is important to remember to pack hearing protection for the entire family when you know you’ll be exposed to loud noise.” If you have any questions regarding your hearing or hearing protection, please visit the Doctors of Audiology at Upper Valley Hearing & Balance Inc. in Troy, or call (937) 308-7000. We are happy to be a part of your hearing healthcare.

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Perry Corporation/SMS proTECH adds physical security division It’s been an exciting year for Perry Corporation/SMS proTECH. Perry purchased SMS proTECH in 2007 as part of a larger strategy to stay ahead of technology curves. The combination of these resources have allowed us to expand our offerings with new document solutions, enhanced services offerings, new formats in printing solutions, a private cloud and a new physical security solutions division with Digital C.O.P.S. Digital C.O.P.S. provides technology solutions that support the mission of public safety and security organizations to bring the highest degree of law enforcement and public service to area businesses and organizations. “We are fortunate to add highly-trained, technically savvy, law enforcement officials to our employee roster. This allows us to provide a level of security that is unmatched by any other IT organization, locally or nationally” states Jeff Boate, president IT/Networking. Digital C.O.P.S. solutions offer the latest in cutting-edge physical security systems for retail, health care, education, finance and manufacturing. Additionally, we offer mobile surveillance technologies. At this time, there are offerings specific to law enforcement including an intelligent central surveillance system that can manage the bandwidth of a thousand video images and provides twoway audio communica-

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PERRY proTECH Digital C.O.P.S. include Ben Kehres, Isaac Dunifon and Cliff Brenneman. tions and playback; and mobile DVR that utilize the continual advancements in 3G/4G, WiFi and GPS technologies. In addition, the BUS proTECT mobile video solution provides an invehicle DVR/camera solution for bus safety and security that has been welcomed by education and all types of customers with business fleet responsibilities. The Director of Security Solutions/Digital C.O.P.S., Isaac Dunifon, holds an ACE (AccessData Certified Examiner) certi-

fication in Ohio and is utilized for computer forensics by many state agencies. “We’re really excited to move forward with this new venture,” Barry Clark, Perry Corporation president, “not just for our IT/Networking division but for the degree of business security solutions that we’ll be able to provide to the entire region.” Over the coming months, the company will complete the merge of both names and will be known collectively as

PERRY proTECH. Rest assured as we move to one company with a united plan, nothing will change in our service. We will remain the same great people offering the solutions you need to run your business effectively. We thank all of our clients for their continued support and look forward to providing even greater customer service and top-ofthe-line technology solutions in the coming years. And, the next time you are online, please check out the blog ring www. techblogring.com.


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Hemm’s Glass serves the entire Miami Valley my, Hemm’s continues to have strong sales and have added new positions and are always looking for people committed to both personal and organizational success. Hemm’s has kept their key players with them so when the economy turns we are prepared to be very aggressive according to Pat Smith. Hemm’s website is www.hemmglass.com. When you visit their site, you will find an emphasis on informing school districts, industries and other prospective customers about the company’s maintenance services – the service and maintenance portion of the company’s business is continuing to grow.

While the company’s primary service area is Toledo to Cincinnati and Columbus to Indianapolis, it has branched out to work special projects much further away, like the recent projects in Augusta, Ga., and Nashville, Tenn. Hemm’s Glass Shops, Inc. currently has about 85 employees at its three stores to service their existing customers and work on projects outside of their immediate are, Smith said. Jeff Hemm is president of the company representing the third generation of the familyowned business and is the grandson of Hemm’s original founder, R. C. Hemm.

F&P America makes quality parts TROY — F&P America Mfg. Inc., 2101 Corporate Drive in Troy, was founded in 1993 and manufactures automotive suspension systems and pedals for Honda, Toyota and GM. F&P America’s philosophy is clear: “We will be a world-class, functional systems maker, and this is accomplished through teamwork based upon the development and abilities of our associates through respect for all.” When you see one small part, it may seem easy to overlook where that piece fits within a bigger system. At F&P America, we don’t look at each part as an individual unit, but how that part works within the total package. It goes beyond what we manufacture. It’s not only how our clients use the parts, but how their customers need those parts to stay safe and secure in their vehicles.

Currently, F&P America employs 700 full-time associates and has more than 500 robots working within its highly automated facility. F&P America’s Japanese parent company is F.tech Inc. The company’s current president is Kenichi Ando. At F&P America we focus on safety first, having earned numerous safety awards over the years from the Ohio BWC and the Miami County Safety Council. Making quality parts is also a top priority. In 2011, F&P America achieved the Honda Excellence in Delivery Award, the American Honda Supplier Performance Award and the Honda de Mexico Award for excellence in quality, delivery and cost down. For more information, visit www.fandp.com or call (937) 3390212.

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Hemm’s Glass Shops Inc. operates three shops serving the entire Miami Valley beginning at its current location at 514 S. Main St. in Piqua, where it was founded by R. C. Hemm in July 1948. Hemm’s Glass Shops Inc. also has shops at 20 Ridge Ave., Troy, and 633 N. Vandemark Road, Sidney. All three shops provide and install auto glass, window glass, plate glass, tabletops, mirrors, shower doors, screens, commercial storefronts and all maintenance for its products. Hemm’s serves residential auto, retail, factory, commercial and industrial aluminum and glass needs. Even in the present econo-

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French Oil receives award for exports PIQUA —The French Oil Mill Machinery Inc., 1035 W. Greene St., Piqua, was founded May 25, 1900. The company, which employs 75, is led by Daniel P. French, chairman of the board. The French Oil Mill Machinery Company was awarded the Presidential “E” Star Award for Exports by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson at the White House in Washington, D.C. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. “Exporting continues to be a critical element of our sales growth, and we are honored to receive the “E” Star

Award,” said French. “Our company first began exporting equipment in 1905 to Canada and Europe and soon after to China. Over our company’s 112-year history we have exported equipment to every continent other than Antarctica and supported customers in over 80 countries,” French added. “The dedication of our Piqua employees has contributed largely to our success and international growth. Over the past three years, export sales grew to 65 percent of our total sales, enabling us to hire over 35 additional employees in our Piqua headquarters and manufacturing facility.” French, located in Piqua, Ohio, is an ISO-cer-

tified, third generation family-owned U.S. company that custom designs, manufactures and supports hydraulic presses for molding rubber and composite materials, screw presses for synthetic rubber processing and the separation of liquids from solids, and oilseed equipment used to extract vegetable oil from seeds and nuts and to produce “green” biofuels. “I am pleased to recognize the French Oil Mill Machinery Company for receiving the President’s “E” Star Award, which honors companies that make significant contributions toward increasing U.S. exports,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson.

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“This administration is committed to leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers to help U.S. companies build things here and sell them around the world. “E” Star Award winners like French have excelled in this effort, demonstrating three years of successive export growth. It is companies like this that are helping to grow our economy and put more Americans back to work.” U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service office network, which helps U.S. companies export. The primary criterion for the “E” Star Award is three years of successive export growth. “E” Awards are awarded to applicants

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that can demonstrate a significant contribution to U.S. export expansion that is measurable, innovative, sustainable and has broad impact. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first presentation of the President’s “E” Award by President John F. Kennedy, who created the Award by Executive Order in 1961 to encourage U.S. companies to sell their products abroad. A second award, the President’s “E”

Star Award, was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce in 1969 to recognize “E” Award recipients for their continuing significant contributions to U.S. export expansion. French was awarded their first President’s “E” Award in 1984. A total of 41 U.S. companies and organizations were presented 17, 2012 World Trade Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C.


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Worker Automation Inc. focuses on productivity COVINGTON — Worker Automation Inc., 974 E. Broadway St., Covington, designs and manufactures robotic systems for welding, machine loading/unloading, palletizing, material handling and assembly for markets ranging from aerospace, automotive, food processing and electronics.

Our team of highly qualified employees, work toward excellence in productivity and service. We have developed standard cells for many applications, as well as custom solutions for a customer’s particular application. The business was started because there was a great need for custom integration of robots in

the manufacturing field. Very few companies are able to customize a robot system to handle and move parts for welding, assembling, or palletizing for improved production. We manufacture 20 different robotic weld systems. Our systems have a wide range of the size parts we are able to handle or weld (parts ranging from 1 ½-

inch-by-1/8-inch to 50feet-by-5-feet). The company, which employees nine, is led by Edward J. Hickey, president and owner. Worker Automation was founded on Jan. 1, 1997, and its economical production cell “e-PRO” is a smaller cell designed for smaller parts. We have established a complete line

of flexible and versatile standard modular “ARCWORKER” cells for robotic welding. We offer cells at very competitive prices with three-year warranties. Numerous options are available so the robot cell can be tailored to the specific customer application. Worker Automation Inc. is “The Productivity Improvement Company.”

In the coming year, the company will be customizing robot applications in a much larger scope. New employees will be hired as sales increase and they will continue to renovate their new facility. Worker Automation can be reached at (937) 4732111, by email at aj@arcworker.com or on the web at www.arcworker.com.

COMPANY PROFILES Hobart Brothers Company 101 Trade Square East Troy, OH 45373 (937) 332-4000 Email: hobart@hobartbrothers.com Web: www.hobartbrothers.com Company founded: 1917 Products: Manufacturer of welding wire Number of employees: 600

Isaiah Industries, Inc. 8510 Industry Park Drive Piqua, OH 45356 1-800-543-8938 email: tmiller@classicroof.com Web: www.isaiahindustries.com President and CEO: Todd Miller, President CFO: Kelly Joseph

Company founded: November 1980 Isaiah Industries Inc. manufactures residential metal roofing. Its products are known for their beauty, durability, energy efficiency, fire safety and other benefits. The company employs 45. Isaiah Industries Inc.’s products were used on the Department of Energy’s Cool

Electronics facility relocates to Troy BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer nknoth@tdnpublishing.com

Electronics company Tagnetics, Inc. is now working out of Troy in the former Monsanto Research facility, after moving from Beavercreek in early August. Located at 635 Olympic Drive, Tagnetics’s new 28,000 square-foot complex is home to the company’s headquarters, where all research, development and assembly will take place. The complex also boasts an additional 10,000 square feet for expansion. Founded in 2003, the

Founded in 2003, the company produces electronic shelf label systems for the retail industry, providing a quicker, more efficient way to handle merchandise. company produces electronic shelf label (ESL) systems for the retail industry, providing a quicker, more efficient way to handle merchandise. Ten employees currently work at the location, though the company plans to add 10 more in the coming years. “Troy is the perfect location for this company whose employees came out of the Hobart Corp.,” said Tagnetics President

Ron Early in a press release. The technology for Tagnetics’ price display product was invented by Kenneth Kayser. Development of the product was later transferred to Hobart Corp., which revamped the technology for greater commercial use. The transaction of the Troy property was brokered by Tim Echemann of Industrial Property Brokers.

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Energy House in Windermere, Fla. The company recently has started offering management products as well as solar thermal products. Its products are sold throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Australia, Japan, Israel, the Caribbean and other countries.


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How ‘skills gap’ works against wage hikes price of that something to increase over time,” said Steve Hine, director of labor market information for the state of To judge from the job listings, Minnesota. “It doesn’t matter if welders are in high demand. that’s skilled welders, or the Manufacturers across the market for beer.” Upper Midwest will tell anyone Instead, the average hourly who listens that they have jobs wage for a welder in Minnesota to offer but not enough solid grew just $1 between 2005 and applicants. They point to a 2011, to $17 per hour, according “skills gap” between the jobs to Minnesota Department of available and the people out Employment and Economic looking for work. Development data. Take inflaTextbook economics says this tion into account, and that’s a should be good news for anyone pay cut. who can strap on a helmet and And welders in Minnesota make the sparks fly. If good make more, on average, than welders truly are hard to find, they do in Wisconsin, Illinois employers should pay more to and Iowa, all states where firms get them on board. complain about a skills gap. Yet that isn’t happening, SHNS PHOTO BY MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE/RICHARD SENNOTT Still, many employers say the leading some economists to Mark Dauer uses a grinder on a welding project at Code Welding & skills gap is real and is holding question whether the skills gap Manufacturing in Blaine, Minn. Welders are, if you ask manufactur- back the economic recovery. is really the issue. ers and community colleges across Minnesota, in high demand. In Wisconsin, the shipbuild“If there is a shortage of ing company Marinette Marine something, you would expect the Minnesota has more than 2,500 openings for welders. BY ADAM BELZ Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Swedish firm locates in Piqua PIQUA — Micropower has expanded into North America with the opening of their new company Ecotec LTD LLC. Ecotec is to be headquartered in a 10,000square-foot industrial facility in the Sherry Industrial Park in Piqua where they will maintain a substantial inventory of industrial motive power high frequency battery chargers that are imported from Micropower’s manufacturing facility located in Vaxjo Sweden. Ecotec will market the chargers throughout North America under their own label and be singularly focused on energy efficient battery chargers for use with motive power equipment utilized in the material handling industry and a variety of other applications. The three-man veteran

often firms management team choose the at Ecotec has Sherry Industrial more than 75 Park due to its years of combined location near experience with Piqua and Troy industrial battery and quick access chargers and the to Inerstate 75. material handling Ecotec’s prodindustry. Jim KEYSER uct line will conKeyser and Dave sist primarily of Bollinger head up marketing and engineer- energy efficient high frequency chargers ranging ing and have worked together since 1979 when from 250W single phase, they started with Hobart 120V, utility chargers, up through 20kW three Brothers. phase, 480V, opportunity Both stated that “the availability of a high qual- chargers. Applications for their chargers include lift ity stand alone building with heavy power and an trucks, floor cleaning impressive image swayed equipment, and automated guided vehicles (AGV). their decision to the Fox Ecotec also will provide Drive location.” special chargers and Tim Echemann of power supplies for a variIndustrial Property ety of industrial applicaBrokers represented tions. Ecotec and mentioned For more information, that “Ecotec required a visit the website at high quality image.” www.micropower.se. In addition, he said


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TMP moves to French Oil’s headquarters retrofit, maintenance and calibration services. French has been the industry technology and quality leader since 1900, serving customers in more than 80 countries. The family-owned, ISO-certified company custom designs, manufactures and supports a wide assortment of stand-alone hydraulic presses and turnkey systems for the composite, friction, lamination and rubber industries. Press tonnages generally range from 20 to 2,000 tons, with various platen sizes, for compression, transfer, lamination or vacuum molding. French owns TMP Inc., A Division of French, who supplies their own line of technologically advanced hydraulic presses, rubber mixers, related components, Dave Sledz, vice president, will conall of French and TMP’s hydraulic press controls and auxiliary equipment. To tinue sales and project management of customers on service and part needs and date, TMP has supplied machinery to hydraulic presses for the rubber, compos- by supplying replacement parts manumore than 1,000 customers in more than ite and laboratory markets, in addition factured to original factory tolerances 16 countries. To learn more, contact a to the TMP line of rubber mixers. Joe and material specifications, in accorFrench sales engineer by calling 773Antku, Aftermarket Spare Parts and dance with stringent ISO quality control 3420, Ext. 290, or by email at Service representative, now works with procedures. Antku also handles rebuild, hydraulicsales@frenchoil.com.

“Moving TMP into our Piqua headquarters is an additional step we are taking in order to further improve our company’s customer service and support. There will be no change in the designs or high quality you expect from French or TMP hydraulic presses, replacement parts or service.”

Skills gap • Continued from 18 illustrates how manufacturing rewards versatile, highly skilled workers while leaving one-dimensional workers behind. Several projects were under way on a recent day. One welder built hydraulic tanks with multiple pipe fittings, one welded parts onto a chassis for an airport truck, another put the finishing touches on pump housings for water jet cutters and another fused together bins that sort industrial materials. No two welders in the shop worked on the same project. “Four years ago, that was not the case,” said Curt Simonson, one of the company’s owners. “We would have two or three people on the same job.” Pre-recession, the company mostly did jobs that could be performed by a

worker with basic welding skills. But the downturn hit hard. Reliable customers went out of business. Co-owners Simonson and Steve Johnson felt the company’s survival was at stake. They decided to become more nimble, build more complex parts, and cultivate a broader, more sophisticated group of customers. They sent welders with the aptitude and interest to specialized training. As workers mastered higher standards, began to inspect each other’s work and learned to run other machines in the shop, the company became faster, more flexible, more cerebral. Now, 80 percent of the company’s business is specialized — work for defense contractors, water treatment facilities, machines that handle industrial materials, and

the oil and gas industry. The average wage for a Code welder is higher than $17 per hour, the owners said. But not everyone gets paid the same. A worker who can read blueprints, program a machine or fix it when it breaks will earn more money in this environment, said George Gmach, director of compensation and benefits at Trusight, an employers association. Structural shifts in manufacturing aren’t the only factor preventing workers from making more money. Sometimes higher-paying jobs are available if a worker will travel. In the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, demand has led to a real spike in welder wages. But many welding students can’t leave their families, have underwater mortgages, or simply don’t want to move.

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Wind farm towers rise to new heights BY DAVID SHAFFER Minneapolis Star Tribune It’s not an optical illusion. The newest wind turbines gracing the nation’s countryside actually are turning more slowly than their older cousins. The languid pace is the most visible consequence of new-generation wind turbines that are taller, have longer blades, capture more wind and produce more power. Across the nation, the wind power industry is reaching higher into the atmosphere and adding bigger rotor blades to boost electrical output. Last year, nearly 5 percent of new U.S. wind turbines were 100 meters tall, and the

push upward is expected to continue, according to the American Wind Energy Association. “That trend has been underway for 30 years, and really there is no reason to expect it to stop,” said Fort Felker, director of the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Boulder, Colo. “Generally you get stronger winds at higher elevations above the ground.” Most wind towers built in the last few years reached 80 meters, or 262 feet, at the blade hub. Older units can be half that height, with correspondingly smaller blades that capture less wind area even as they spin at a faster pace.

Mortenson Construction, based in Golden Valley, Minn., is a pioneer in this industry trend, building 100-meter towers at five wind farms in Texas, New York, Illinois and Iowa. Juwi Wind, a German renewable energy company whose U.S. headquarters is in Boulder, is installing 15 turbines on 100-meter towers at a 3,000-acre wind farm in southwestern Minnesota, near Worthington. The project is expected to be completed this fall. “We are farming more wind,” said Aaron Peterson, manager of community relations and regulatory affairs for Juwi, pronounced “you-vee.” Data from the Iowa

Energy Center indicate that wind at a height of 100 meters flows 4 1/2 percent faster than at 80 meters, Peterson said. Because wind energy increases at a logarithmic rate to wind speed, the energy gain from the extra height should be about 14 percent. A key incentive for the wind power industry is the production tax credit, set to expire Dec. 31. The industry has lobbied Congress to reauthorize it; current projects need to be finished this year or lose out. The paradox of bigger wind machines rotating more slowly than older models illustrates the complex science of wind speed and efficiency. The big, newer turbines’

blade tips move at nearly the same speed as the older, faster-rotating models — about 160 miles per hour, experts said. If the long blades rotated much faster, the tips would be too loud. The bigger blades cover a greater area, collecting more wind flow. “They are much more efficient because of the amount of energy they are capturing,” said Mark Ahlstrom, CEO of WindLogics Inc., a St. Paul firm that assesses wind conditions for wind energy projects. Taller towers allow turbines to have longer blades. But they also offer a related benefit — wind tends to be stronger and steadier higher above the ground.

“If you go up high enough,” said Ahlstrom, “the winds are not influenced by the interaction with the Earth.” Ahlstrom said the extra height can boost average wind speed and the percentage of time that a turbine produces power. For wind farm developers, he added, the costs of building taller units, which require more concrete and steel, must be weighed against the long-term gain in output. Wind power, like other forms of power generation, also faces increased competition from natural gas, whose price recently hit a 10-year low thanks to expanded U.S. drilling using innovative extraction techniques.

Hiring of seasonal holiday workers already has begun Christmas Inc., a Chicagobased outplacement consulting firm that produces Christmas is more than an annual forecast on seasonal hiring, said he is three months away, but the quest to hire seasonal “cautiously optimistic” that hiring for the workers already has October-December holiday begun. The largest number of hiring period will be up openings will undoubtedly slightly from 2011, when be in the retail sector, and 718,500 seasonal workers were hired. some retailers are optiThat was a 14.5 permistic that the economic cent increase in hiring climate is improving over 2010. enough for them to hire “We have seen some more workers than last positive indications that year. the restaurant and hospi“We’re increasing our tality industry is up; peohead count by 5 percent ple are beginning to pay this year, or roughly 225 off some of the debt they people,” said Mark Rodriguez, chief executive have and they’ll have a bit more discretionary officer of Hickory Farms income,” Challenger said. Inc. John Challenger, chief Another positive sign: Spending on back-toexecutive officer of school items was better Challenger, Gray & BY JON CHAVEZ Toledo Blade

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than expected. In 2007, the last year before the most recent recession, the Toledo area added 2,081 seasonal retail jobs, according to the labor bureau’s statistics. However, in 2008 the number fell to 1,065 hires, and in 2009 it was 1,519 hires. But Challenger said he expects a 1 to 5 percent increase in hiring this year, which is consistent with slow but steady growth in the economy. “It feels like the economy’s not growing very rapidly, probably under 2 percent, so it seems unlikely that we’ll see explosive growth in seasonal hiring,” he said. “But layoffs are very light and companies are in slow-growth mode.”



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