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Not your Father’s Library Shelby County Libraries is offering a new destination for families with young children, birth to 5 years of age. Families with young children are invited to come and play with us. Through a grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded by the State Library of Ohio, Shelby County Libraries developed an Early Literacy Center located at the Amos Library in Sidney.  The Center provides a literacy enriched environment for parents to interact with their young children through playing, singing, reading, talking, and writing to help their little ones acquire Early Literacy skills. According to Bonnie Banks, Director of Library Services for Children, “Presently, there is no place in the Sidney area where parents and young children may gather.”  A special feature at the Center is a computer Skyping station for parents and/or grandparents to “virtually” visit through video with the special little ones in their lives.  In keeping up with new technologies, the Library offers downloadable e-books and audio books through the Ohio E-book project available on the library web site at www.shelbyco.lib.oh.us. The Library also offers an array of materials, programs and services including books, music, movies, tax forms, faxing, public access computing, children,

This issue of Shelby Sizzles has been made possible through the generous support of: Sidney Body CARSTAR, Ferguson Construction Co., and the West Ohio Development Council The publishers invite your comments, suggestions, story ideas, and sponsorship of future issues.

Contact us...

ISSUE 2 - MARCH 2012

> The City of Sidney www.sidneyoh.com jgoubeaux@sidneyoh.com > The County of Shelby www.co.shelby.oh.us kurte@embarqmail.com > West Ohio Development Council www.westohiodevelopment.com mdodds@westohiodevelopment.com > Sidney-Shelby County Chamber www.sidneyshelbychamber.com jraible@sidneyshelbychamber.com

teen and adult educational programs.  For more information please call 937-492-8354, or visit any of the six locations in Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, Russia or Sidney, or view the Library web site.

Inside This Issue NKTELCO

Emerson Climate Technologies Adding Capacity!

Broadband Communications company expanding into Sidney market... PAGE 2

RELIABLE CASTINGS Sidney plant expands to accommodate growth in automotive parts supply... PAGE 2

UPPER VALLEY CAREER CENTER

Located in the Amos Memorial Public Library in Sidney This project was funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA Grant awarded by the State Library Of Ohio

Building a home while building relationships provides students a great opportunity... PAGE 3

Emerson’s manufacturing facility, visible from interstate 75, is currently undergoing construction successfully bid on by local contractor, Ferguson Construction, and multiple local sub-contractors. “We are investing in additional capacity to produce commercial compressor components in support of our global growth,” stated Gerry Ulrich,Vice President Commercial Products Air Conditioning Business of Emerson Climate Technologies. “We expect to be moving equipment into our updated facility within the first half of 2012. As a corporate citizen, we are proud to be supporting not only jobs at Emerson but also in the local economy. This expansion represents a strategic investment by Emerson in the Sidney facility. Compressor parts machined here will be used in compressors assembled in Sidney and around the world.” Sidney is the global headquarters of Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. and home of the company’s research and development groups for the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration business. The company has called Sidney home for over 80 years and was recently recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as one of the Top Five Dayton-area manufacturing companies. The facility on Campbell Road has produced more than 12.8 million Copeland Scroll compressors since 1987 and is today one of the largest employers in west central Ohio.


NKTelco Expanding into Sidney Market NKTelco, a locally owned and operated broadband communications company, located in New Knoxville is expanding into the Sidney market. NKTelco’s parent company, New Knoxville Telephone Company, has been in business since 1905 and provides Cable TV and High-Speed Internet to New Knoxville, New Bremen, Minster, Ft. Loramie, Botkins, Anna, and now Sidney. The Company prides itself on delivering high quality, state of the art, and reliable communication services at a competitive price including Digital HDTV, High-Speed Internet and Local and Long Distance Digital Voice Services. Additionally, NKTelco provides businesses with customized solutions, tailored to fit specific communication needs. Currently, NKTelco is working to bring their services to the Sidney market with a robust, fiberto-the-premise network providing redundancy with infrastructure in the shape of a ring. Direct mail pieces are now being delivered to the first phase of potential

customers explaining the high-quality services and luxury features that are available at an affordable price. The entire expansion will be done in five phases over 3-5 years with over 150 miles of fiber. In addition to their competitive pricing and customer service, NKTelco connects to their customers with a special rewards program, NKTelco Rewards, and with their local sports coverage through NKTelco Sports.

Reliable Castings Corporation Announces Expansion of the Sidney Facility Reliable Castings Corporation, with plants located in Sidney and Cincinnati, has been a supplier of quality aluminum castings since 1922. Reliable is a world leader in casting technologies, specializing in aluminum, sand, and permanent mold castings, prototype castings, mold finishing and repair, and tooling design and fabrication. Reliable’s Automated Casting Operations (ACO) was designed specifically to produce niche market safety-critical lock brake and steering components for the passenger car automotive sector. Highly technical work teams manage the automated permanent mold operation.  Engineered to melt and process particularly pure alloys, this foundry produces high integrity castings with superior mechanical properties. Occupying 70,000 square feet, the Sidney Foundry Division specializes in higher volume sand casting applications and has the capability to perform finish machining and other secondary operations. SHELBYSizzles

Assemblies are stocked for JIT distribution. Materials cast include A356 & 319 aluminum. Customers include the diesel engine and heavy truck, passenger car, and various commercial markets. Recently Reliable announced the expansion of its Sidney plant to accommodate growth in the automotive parts supply. The company is in the process of adding a 22,000 square foot building addition by Ferguson Construction Co. and purchasing new equipment and machinery. The Company will invest nearly $2.6 million in the Sidney facility. In addition, Reliable will preserve 118 jobs and add approximately 15 new jobs.

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Signs of Growth Evident at Brown Industrial

Brown Industrial in Botkins is a third generation design and metal fabrication company that has been in business since the mid 1930’s. Maybe not well known throughout all of Shelby County, Brown Industrial has a nationally recognized reputation for being one of the country’s premier manufacturers of mobile equipment for the rendering industry, the used oil filter business, and the organic waste industry. In addition, Brown Industrial also produces a substantial volume of job shop type work for other fabrication facilities. In 2011 Brown expanded their facility adding 6,500 square feet. They added a laser cutter to their existing compliment of machinery now featuring a total of four laser cutters in operation. In 2011 Brown also added aluminum bodies and trailers to their product line. This product line and equipment expansion resulted in the need

Building a Home While Building Relationships

The Upper Valley Career Center Trades and Industry students have been building project homes on area lots for 20 years, using donated money from the late Paul Duke of Troy. Funds accumulated from selling these homes enabled the district to construct a 7,200 square foot addition, which provided a fully enclosed, heated site for the construction program to build module homes for individuals with disabilities. Laura Zureich, Superintendent of Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities, shared how this project came about at no cost, “We had a generous donor, someone who wanted their money to go toward a modular home in Shelby County that would be completely wheelchair accessible.” Rick Lenhart, Career Center Instructor, who will oversee this joint project added, “I think this collaboration is a phenomenal opportunity. As the 120 carpentry, HVAC, electrical, building and grounds students work, they are asked to envision themselves in a wheelchair.” The students are also learning about the special housing needs of the disabled such as the need for wider doorways, lowered windows and switches,

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to add 20% to their work force last year and has positioned them to add an additional 20% in 2012. They currently employ 55 people. Brown Industrial’s well-planned, incremental growth is a notable success story for the company and great news for employment in Shelby County. According to Chris Brown, “2011 was a very strong year, and 2012 look’s even better with existing orders stacked up well into the second quarter of the year.”

and roll under sinks. Each half of the home will be built inside the building and then put together on the required lot. SHELBYSizzles


NKTelco Expanding into Sidney Market NKTelco, a locally owned and operated broadband communications company, located in New Knoxville is expanding into the Sidney market. NKTelco’s parent company, New Knoxville Telephone Company, has been in business since 1905 and provides Cable TV and High-Speed Internet to New Knoxville, New Bremen, Minster, Ft. Loramie, Botkins, Anna, and now Sidney. The Company prides itself on delivering high quality, state of the art, and reliable communication services at a competitive price including Digital HDTV, High-Speed Internet and Local and Long Distance Digital Voice Services. Additionally, NKTelco provides businesses with customized solutions, tailored to fit specific communication needs. Currently, NKTelco is working to bring their services to the Sidney market with a robust, fiberto-the-premise network providing redundancy with infrastructure in the shape of a ring. Direct mail pieces are now being delivered to the first phase of potential

customers explaining the high-quality services and luxury features that are available at an affordable price. The entire expansion will be done in five phases over 3-5 years with over 150 miles of fiber. In addition to their competitive pricing and customer service, NKTelco connects to their customers with a special rewards program, NKTelco Rewards, and with their local sports coverage through NKTelco Sports.

Reliable Castings Corporation Announces Expansion of the Sidney Facility Reliable Castings Corporation, with plants located in Sidney and Cincinnati, has been a supplier of quality aluminum castings since 1922. Reliable is a world leader in casting technologies, specializing in aluminum, sand, and permanent mold castings, prototype castings, mold finishing and repair, and tooling design and fabrication. Reliable’s Automated Casting Operations (ACO) was designed specifically to produce niche market safety-critical lock brake and steering components for the passenger car automotive sector. Highly technical work teams manage the automated permanent mold operation.  Engineered to melt and process particularly pure alloys, this foundry produces high integrity castings with superior mechanical properties. Occupying 70,000 square feet, the Sidney Foundry Division specializes in higher volume sand casting applications and has the capability to perform finish machining and other secondary operations. SHELBYSizzles

Assemblies are stocked for JIT distribution. Materials cast include A356 & 319 aluminum. Customers include the diesel engine and heavy truck, passenger car, and various commercial markets. Recently Reliable announced the expansion of its Sidney plant to accommodate growth in the automotive parts supply. The company is in the process of adding a 22,000 square foot building addition by Ferguson Construction Co. and purchasing new equipment and machinery. The Company will invest nearly $2.6 million in the Sidney facility. In addition, Reliable will preserve 118 jobs and add approximately 15 new jobs.

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Signs of Growth Evident at Brown Industrial

Brown Industrial in Botkins is a third generation design and metal fabrication company that has been in business since the mid 1930’s. Maybe not well known throughout all of Shelby County, Brown Industrial has a nationally recognized reputation for being one of the country’s premier manufacturers of mobile equipment for the rendering industry, the used oil filter business, and the organic waste industry. In addition, Brown Industrial also produces a substantial volume of job shop type work for other fabrication facilities. In 2011 Brown expanded their facility adding 6,500 square feet. They added a laser cutter to their existing compliment of machinery now featuring a total of four laser cutters in operation. In 2011 Brown also added aluminum bodies and trailers to their product line. This product line and equipment expansion resulted in the need

Building a Home While Building Relationships

The Upper Valley Career Center Trades and Industry students have been building project homes on area lots for 20 years, using donated money from the late Paul Duke of Troy. Funds accumulated from selling these homes enabled the district to construct a 7,200 square foot addition, which provided a fully enclosed, heated site for the construction program to build module homes for individuals with disabilities. Laura Zureich, Superintendent of Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities, shared how this project came about at no cost, “We had a generous donor, someone who wanted their money to go toward a modular home in Shelby County that would be completely wheelchair accessible.” Rick Lenhart, Career Center Instructor, who will oversee this joint project added, “I think this collaboration is a phenomenal opportunity. As the 120 carpentry, HVAC, electrical, building and grounds students work, they are asked to envision themselves in a wheelchair.” The students are also learning about the special housing needs of the disabled such as the need for wider doorways, lowered windows and switches,

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to add 20% to their work force last year and has positioned them to add an additional 20% in 2012. They currently employ 55 people. Brown Industrial’s well-planned, incremental growth is a notable success story for the company and great news for employment in Shelby County. According to Chris Brown, “2011 was a very strong year, and 2012 look’s even better with existing orders stacked up well into the second quarter of the year.”

and roll under sinks. Each half of the home will be built inside the building and then put together on the required lot. SHELBYSizzles


Not your Father’s Library Shelby County Libraries is offering a new destination for families with young children, birth to 5 years of age. Families with young children are invited to come and play with us. Through a grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded by the State Library of Ohio, Shelby County Libraries developed an Early Literacy Center located at the Amos Library in Sidney.  The Center provides a literacy enriched environment for parents to interact with their young children through playing, singing, reading, talking, and writing to help their little ones acquire Early Literacy skills. According to Bonnie Banks, Director of Library Services for Children, “Presently, there is no place in the Sidney area where parents and young children may gather.”  A special feature at the Center is a computer Skyping station for parents and/or grandparents to “virtually” visit through video with the special little ones in their lives.  In keeping up with new technologies, the Library offers downloadable e-books and audio books through the Ohio E-book project available on the library web site at www.shelbyco.lib.oh.us. The Library also offers an array of materials, programs and services including books, music, movies, tax forms, faxing, public access computing, children,

This issue of Shelby Sizzles has been made possible through the generous support of: Sidney Body CARSTAR, Ferguson Construction Co., and the West Ohio Development Council The publishers invite your comments, suggestions, story ideas, and sponsorship of future issues.

Contact us...

ISSUE 2 - MARCH 2012

> The City of Sidney www.sidneyoh.com jgoubeaux@sidneyoh.com > The County of Shelby www.co.shelby.oh.us kurte@embarqmail.com > West Ohio Development Council www.westohiodevelopment.com mdodds@westohiodevelopment.com > Sidney-Shelby County Chamber www.sidneyshelbychamber.com jraible@sidneyshelbychamber.com

teen and adult educational programs.  For more information please call 937-492-8354, or visit any of the six locations in Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, Russia or Sidney, or view the Library web site.

Inside This Issue NKTELCO

Emerson Climate Technologies Adding Capacity!

Broadband Communications company expanding into Sidney market... PAGE 2

RELIABLE CASTINGS Sidney plant expands to accommodate growth in automotive parts supply... PAGE 2

UPPER VALLEY CAREER CENTER

Located in the Amos Memorial Public Library in Sidney This project was funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA Grant awarded by the State Library Of Ohio

Building a home while building relationships provides students a great opportunity... PAGE 3

Emerson’s manufacturing facility, visible from interstate 75, is currently undergoing construction successfully bid on by local contractor, Ferguson Construction, and multiple local sub-contractors. “We are investing in additional capacity to produce commercial compressor components in support of our global growth,” stated Gerry Ulrich,Vice President Commercial Products Air Conditioning Business of Emerson Climate Technologies. “We expect to be moving equipment into our updated facility within the first half of 2012. As a corporate citizen, we are proud to be supporting not only jobs at Emerson but also in the local economy. This expansion represents a strategic investment by Emerson in the Sidney facility. Compressor parts machined here will be used in compressors assembled in Sidney and around the world.” Sidney is the global headquarters of Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. and home of the company’s research and development groups for the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration business. The company has called Sidney home for over 80 years and was recently recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as one of the Top Five Dayton-area manufacturing companies. The facility on Campbell Road has produced more than 12.8 million Copeland Scroll compressors since 1987 and is today one of the largest employers in west central Ohio.


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