|Kasich’s rep visits local manufacturers|
|Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:12 PM|
Local manufacturers received a visit from Chase Eikenbary, Governor John Kasich’s Northwest Ohio Regional Representative, along with Delphos Mayor Michale Gallmeier and interim Safety Service Director Sherryl George at Toledo Molding and Die in Delphos and Van Wert Mayor Don Farmer and OSU Extension Educator Cindy Leis at Alliance Automation in Van Wert on Thursday.
Eikenbary met with Jack Ruhe, the plant manager at Toledo Molding & Die.
Toledo Molding & Die, after completing a 51,000-square-foot expansion in 2012, currently employees 351 associates. From its modest beginning, the company has grown into a Tier 1/Tier 2 Full Service Supplier of Interior and Air/Fluid Management Systems for the global automotive industry serving more than 20 international automotive customers. TMD’s product lines include molding, assembly of a variety of Air Induction, Powertrain Cooling, Front End Module, Washer, HVAC and Underhood components and systems.
Eikenbary’s visit to Van Wert included a plant visit to Alliance Automation, LLC, where CEO/President Doug Wenninger described how the company is a custom design, build, installation and service provider of high-end automated equipment.
During her visit, Eikenbary learned that Alliance Automation was established in 2006 with 21 employees and has grown to 71 full time associates. The company has a highly technical staff with 28 percent of the staff being mechanical and electrical engineers. Currently, the company designs and builds most of its equipment in a 52,000- square-foot facility located on Bonnewitz Avenue with a smaller space in Delphos where fabrication and welding takes place. The company has clients from local entities such as Eaton, Federal Mogul, Crown Equipment and Whirlpool. Alliance target clients are mainly in the industries of automotive, consumer goods, food processing and packaging.
The company has plans for continued growth as the market continues to demand accuracy, repeatability, safety and dependability as well as cutting manufacturing costs. Presently, the company is seeking additional engineers in an effort to meet the needs of their clients.
“It was nice to visit with a couple of companies in Van Wert today,” Eikenbary said at the end of the visits. “Alliance Automation is proof that companies are succeeding in Ohio and that barriers to them creating jobs are being torn down. Like Alliance Automation was informed today, many small businesses in Ohio have a tax cut coming to them, specifically a 50 percent small business deduction on their first $250,000 of business income. I look forward to seeing this benefit take shape for many small businesses in Ohio, including here in the Van Wert area. Alliance Automation and Toledo Molding & Die should be proud of the continued investments they are making here in the community.”