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 meet the needs of the plastics, injection molding, and assembly industries. Products they manufacture include conveyors and automation systems, robot end-of-arm tooling, end-of-barrel components, and water management systems. EMI automation systems are found in many of the largest—and smallest—plastic processing facilities.
Baumfolder Corporation in Sidney manufactures capital equipment for the Graphic Arts and Order Fulfillment Industries. The continued growth in consumer online sales has created a need to streamline the process of placing the customers’ personalized documents
into the box. The Baumfolder Century Series utilizes over 100 years of proven technology in providing complete automated document insertion solutions. Invoices, packing lists, return labels, coupons, etc. are printed and verified by scanning the barcode on the box. The printed documents are then inserted into the box.
Brown Industrial in Botkins is a metal fabrication plant that designs and manufactures trailer and truck bodies for the rendering, oil filter recovery, and recycling industries. Ply Gem in Sidney manufactures exterior building products including siding, shutters, and window treatments.
Superior Aluminum Products
in Russia is a national leader in the manufacture of custom durable and corrosion-free railings, fences, and columns for remodeling and new construction. They recently introduced two new products: a pipe cable railing that is a unique combination of
modern and industrial styles, and a horizontal picket square post railing,
the first of its kind in the marketplace. Also headquartered in Russia, Clopay Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial and residential garage doors.
Other nationally known employers located in Shelby County include Kirk NationaLease Company, Ross Aluminum Castings LLC, Hydro Extrusions, Wayne Trail – A Lincoln Electric Company, Conform Automotive, Ross Casting and Innovation LLC, Edgewell Personal Care, and Holloway Sportswear.
Smaller tool and die companies that dot the landscape of Shelby County
include Francis Manufacturing Company, Detailed Machining Inc., Tooling Technology LLC, Sidney Manufacturing Company, A&B Machine and Design, Stolle Machinery Company, Everyday Technologies, Industrial Machining Services, Monarch Lathes, Reliable Castings, Shaffer Metal Fab Inc., Steinke Metal Fabricating, TNL Welding, and Voisard Tool.
Shelby County’s food industries include Freshway Foods, supplier of fresh cut produce; Schwan’s Mama Rosa’s, manufacturer of refrigerated pizza and frozen foods; Agrana Fruit US, processor of sweeteners, flavored extracts and syrups; and Cargill, refiner of soybeans for meal and oil, and producer of dressings, sauces, and oils at their Sidney plant.
The food industry also benefits from refrigeration products manufactured in Sidney by Norcold, Inc., and mixers and other food processing machines made by Peerless Food Equipment.
Shelby County is also home to Amos Media, publisher of Coin World, Cars & Parts, Linn’s Stamp News, and a number of other hobby and collectors’ magazines that are distributed worldwide.
HELPING THE REGION SUCCEED
Businesses and industries wishing to build or expand in Shelby County are fortunate to have a number of locally based and regionally recognized construction and development companies, as well as other reputable contractors that specialize in electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. The area also boasts a number of companies and individuals who specialize in
business services that include marketing, advertising, printing, photography, design, accounting, general consulting, and employee training.
Lochard, Inc. is a multifaceted business that includes plumbing, heating and air conditioning, sheet metal fabrication, and a retail hardware store. Family owned since 1945, Lochard has had a 20% increase in its workforce in the past year because of an increase of production in sheet metal fabrication as well as the need for additional qualified HVAC and plumbing technicians. To enhance training for potential employees,
ECONOMY
Lochard is using virtual reality technology developed by the Carrier Corporation. They are also fabricating and installing solar panels and solar-powered carports for high rise apartments and commercial locations.
Expedient Technology Solutions
takes a proactive approach to managing IT infrastructures and critical client applications. ETS provides a broad range of expertise to design, deploy, and manage networks and critical business systems. Their focus in 2018 was addressing security concerns for small businesses
that may not have the resources available to monitor and combat cyber threats, making them easy targets for hackers.
As more businesses seek an online presence, Ali Rittenhouse International in downtown Sidney is available to build social media for local businesses.
Universal 1 Credit Union is a not-for-profit institution that handles finances for over 50,000 members. They offer financial planning, online account management, 24/7 member support, VISA credit cards with no annual fee and no balance transfer fee, low-rate auto loans, and mortgage products that include First-Time Home Buyer, Fixer-Upper, and Jumbo Loans.
Andrew Shaffer, a new State Farm Insurance agent in Sidney, is also licensed in financial planning. He points out
that State Farm also has community support programs that include Quotes for Good, which donates to local charities; Neighborhood of Good, which promotes volunteerism and community events;
and Community Offers, which promotes small businesses in the community free of charge.
When workers decide to leave
the workforce, there are a number of retirement consultants in the area to give advice. Seniormark of Sidney has three software programs to assist with Medicare, Social Security and 401K planning to help new retirees fit all the pieces of the retirement puzzle together.
With all of the statistics listed above and the many local resources available for services, real estate, insurance, and banking needs, it is easy to see why so many successful companies choose to locate their businesses in Shelby County, Ohio.
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