Testimonials From Enterprises and Organizations
TRIPS Facility Project
Description of Project
The Sandusky County Commissioners have contracted with Poggemeyer Design Group to design a rural transit facility for TRIPS. WSOS dba TRIPS is the general public transit provider for the County (see www.wsos.org for service information). The project is a 16,944 sq. ft. pre-engineered steel building with vehicle storage and administrative offices and will be located behind the Sandusky County Jail. It will include a wash bay, house nineteen vehicles, ten offices, conference room and work areas. Approximately 50 employees and volunteers will work out of this new facility. The project is funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The project design is currently under review by ODOT, with construction bid awards anticipated by fall of 2011.
The SCEDC Director is a member of the TRIPS Facility Design and Construction Committee. The Committee led the selection process for the Design firm, and has been instrumental in bi-weekly meetings through the design development phase. SCEDC involvement brings a wealth of experience on construction projects along with local and state contacts that have been helpful to the Committee to move the project forward.
– Robin Richter, Transportation Coordinator, TRIPS – WSOS
Atlas Industries, Inc. has been doing business in Sandusky County since our incorporation in January of 1943. As an OEM supplier of precision-machined crankshafts and other precision-machined components for a variety of markets and applications, Atlas relies on strong community commitments and relationships for everyone’s mutual benefit. Atlas operates two precision-machining facilities in Sandusky County that have experienced a total of 10 expansions/renovations over the years. Sandusky County has consistently provided an excellent environment for growing and sustaining our business. In our latest initiative, our facility in Fremont was selected for expansion as our company successfully developed new business accounts in new, targeted, and highly technical market segments.
The assistance provided by the SCEDC played a significant role in assisting Atlas to successfully develop, retain, and grow not only this new business initiative, but also helping Atlas to preserve its leadership position in the industry . Their participation in helping to bring new jobs to Sandusky County reflects a “team player” approach to working with local businesses to make Sandusky County a premier business center in Ohio.
– Ryan S. Clark, Sales Manager, Atlas Industries, Inc.
Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties, LLC
Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties, LLC, (a wholly owned subsidiary of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.) is among the largest U.S. producers of magnesia chemicals and dolomitic lime. In 2010 the company announced the planned expansion of the Woodville, Ohio facility which is expected to cost approximately $53 million and will include modifications to existing quarry production equipment, the addition of a new 900-ton per day lime kiln and additional product storage. All of the new features are expected to be operational near the end of 2012. Completion of this project helps retain 160 full time positions as well as add 15 new permanent jobs. Approximately 150 temporary construction jobs will be filled during the project design and installation.
The SCEDC helped coordinate Martin Marietta’s efforts with the Ohio Department of Development in achieving a five-year job creation tax credit with an estimated value of $236,000 over the five-year term. Kay Reiter, executive director of SCEDC, along with her capable staff personally guided Martin Marietta through the application process, ensuring a successful outcome.
– Joe Reilly, Martin Marietta Magnesia Specialties
Whirlpool Corporation’s Clyde Division is the largest automatic washing machine plant in the world and is the only producer of Whirlpool top load washing machines in North America. The portfolio of brands produced includes Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, Amana, Estate, Roper, Inglis, Crosley, and Admiral. The facility is located on a 240 acre campus in Clyde, Ohio. The building itself is sprawling, with 2.4 million square feet (equivalent to 55 football fields) including the distribution center, under roof.
Whirlpool shares a rich history with the Clyde community. In 1952 Whirlpool purchased the facility from Clyde Porcelain Steel. The building was just 250,000 square feet. Two years later, Whirlpool purchased an adjacent 170,000 square feet facility from Bendix Corporation, a washing machine maker. With gradual expansions the factory slowly grew to its current size. Over the years a variety of products have been produced…ranging from ironers and wringer washers to conventional and high efficiency top load washing machines to high efficiency front load washing machines. Overall, Clyde has produced 150 million products.
In 2009, two new “industry shaping” washing machine platforms were developed for production at Clyde. A new high efficiency, high volume top load washer was introduced in May of 2010 to replace a product that had been in production since the early 1980’s. The second new platform, the first-ever Clyde-produced front load washer, began production in August of 2010.
The SCEDC and Whirlpool-Clyde have been partners since 1984. During this time we’ve worked collaboratively on projects that have proven to be beneficial to both entities. We’ve partnered on projects such as the Sandusky County Regional Airport that serves Whirlpool and other businesses in the area, the transition of Fisher & Paykel Laundry Inc., from Australia to Clyde that produces a motor used in our top load HE washers. Our interests have also been served by the SCEDC in the other areas, specifically the recruitment of potential suppliers to this community, the development of a skilled and available workforce as well as facilitating relationships with state and local governments.
We’re proud of the long term relationship we’ve had with the SCEDC and the value that we’ve collectively created for both Whirlpool and this community.
– Dan O’Brien, Whirlpool Corporation-Clyde Division
Community Health Systems
“As a health care organization in Sandusky County, we are very impressed with the ability, service, and knowledge of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC). Without their help, the zoning change on our organization’s recently acquired property would have been greatly delayed or would not have happened at all. The SCEDC is a real treasure in Sandusky County”
– Joe Liszak, Community Health Systems
Sandusky County Success Stories
Over the last several months, Memorial Health Care System constructed not only a Women’s Diagnostic Center, including digital mammography, but also opened a child and adult specialty clinic.
In November of 2010, existing space on the ground level of the Memorial Hospital was renovated to house the Child and Adult Specialty Care Clinic. The space was designed to ensure patients and guests—including children— have a comfortable, private setting for their appointments. The new clinic space is accessible from the main lobby. In addition to the improved space, the organization also continues to look at additional partnership opportunities with larger health care systems to bring recruiting additional pediatric and adult specialists to Memorial.
Opening its doors in April 2010, The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital Women’s Diagnostic Center was constructed in existing hospital space on the north side of the building near the cashier’s office. The 1,200 square-foot space will was completely renovated. It was built in existing space that was previously used to store imaging and other files and records. The estimated cost of the project was approximately $500,000. The center was designed with patient privacy and comfort at its core, and has been created to have a “spa like” atmosphere. It features a private lounge, completely separate changing areas and private restroom facilities. The center features digital mammography, as well as a DEXA (bone density) scanner and ultrasound capabilities. This is the first time that digital mammography is available in Fremont, Ohio.
– Pam Jensen, Promedica
The Bellevue Hospital (TBH)
The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has been proudly serving the people of Sandusky County since 1917. Today, the hospital continues its rich tradition of offering patients the most advanced technology and medical treatment possible, while providing the highest level of personal care. During the past year, Digital Mammography services began and the largest OPEN-bore MRI in the four county area was added. In addition, technology updates in ultrasound, laboratory, communications and electronic medical records were completed. Also during this time, the hospital was once again recognized for its caring, personal touch when we received the 2011 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award. TBH is the only hospital from Ohio and one of only 42 hospitals to be in the Top 5% in the U.S. four years in a row.
Members of The Bellevue Hospital Family are also dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve through our involvement in community projects, various community outreach programs, and health screenings. Our Chief Executive Officer, Michael K. Winthrop, serves as evidence of our continued community involvement through his membership on the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation Board of Trustees.
Advanced technology, medical treatment, personal care and community involvement are at the core of our health care efforts as we rededicated our hospital and our service to area residents when we opened our new facility at 1400 W. Main Street, Bellevue. We continue to look forward to our next century of caring.
– Mike Winthrop, The Bellevue Hospital
Revere Plastics Systems, LLC
Revere Plastics Systems, LLC is the second largest employer in Clyde, Ohio and a friend to the community with its support of the Clyde-a-scpoe efforts as well as being an environmental partner. In 2009 in conjunction with Clyde Light & Power and as a means to help reduce the strain on the City of Clyde’s power grid, Revere installed a 10 mega-watt substation. This both Clyde Light & Power with electric load balance and benefited Revere with an auto – delivery capacitor bank incorporated into the substation which allows Revere to use power more efficiently. An employee led Electrical Conservation Program has allowed Revere to become an even more responsible electric consumer.
A 50,000 square foot expansion was added in 2010, along with the addition of 54 employees, and the purchase of 7 large all electric Injection Molding Machines. The electric Injection Molding Machines use 60% less power, taking the Revere molding capabilities to a higher level of quality, as expected in today’s market. As with any growth there are hurdles. One of such was the generation of cardboard waste which was answered by compacting and recycling. Revere along with its employees, take pride in its conservation efforts by sending less solid waste to the land fill, on site hydraulic oil reclamation, sorting metal, and wood solids for recycling, electrical usage conservation as well as implementing a “Zero Defect” culture.
Style Crest, Inc.
“I find Sandusky County and the local communities to be very supportive of all types of industrial development. As a developer of industrial and commercial properties Sandusky County is a great place to grow your company. Our firm has been responsible for may new projects and expansions in the area. Great employees with good work ethics can still be attracted within the area”
– Thomas L. Kern, CEO, Style Crest, Inc.
In1998, Lee N. Koenig, Chief Executive Officer and President of Crown Battery Manufacturing Company announced the completion of the sale of Crown Battery to a small group of loyal Crown Management Employees. Mr. Koenig stated further that the sale transaction was conducted “with the best interest of Crown’s Management, employees and the local community in mind.”
Fremont resident, Harold F. Hawk Jr., who has assumed the post of Chief Executive Officer and President, heads the Management group. Mr. Koenig remains affiliated with the company in a consulting role.
In recent years, numerous inquiries about Crown Battery pertaining to the sale or financial participation from outside purchasers and investors have been received. It has been determined that the current Management Group with their present leadership capabilities would be best qualified to maintain Crown’s growth while at the same time continuing the legacy established by the Koenig family.
It is tempting to make all this growth and expansion of a privately owned battery manufacturer seem like a natural course of events, but there were hard times and tough decisions required to keep the company on the right growth path. Producing a quality product and gaining wide customer confidence in an extremely competitive market is no easy task. Crown Battery has been fortunate to have excellent cooperation from all of its dedicated employees who contribute their time, energy and skills to help the company prosper and grow.
Over 76 years Crown Battery has developed from a small, successful battery repair shop to a growing and profitable company with 170,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Backed by a large and loyal customer base and 325 dedicated employees producing the best quality battery on the market today, the name ” Crown ” was truly an appropriate choice.
Great People, Great Service, and Great Products have been and will always be the main ingredients in the Crown Battery History.
– Hal Hawk, Crown Battery