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Partnering for success
PIQUA
326 N. Main Street
•
P.O. Box 1142
•
Piqua, OH 45356
•
1.800.251.1742
growpiquanow.org
Grow your business …Grow your life.
Photos Courtesy of TNT Studios, Jack Holtel and Mike Ullery.
Grow Piqua Now would like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to this
report: Alissa Blankenship, Greg Blankenship, Jodi Boldenow, Mike Caughell, Linda Cleveland, Mimi
Crawford, Patty Mattis, Kathy Sherman, Debbie Stein and Lorna Swisher.
Advisory Council
Bruns General Contracting
Buckeye Insurance Group
Fifth Third Bank
French Oil Mill Machinery Co.
Hartzell Industries
Hartzell Propeller
Mainsource Bank
Piqua Concrete Co.
Polysource, Inc.
Unity National Bank
Upper Valley Medical Center
U.S. Bank
General Members
A Learning Place
Apex Aluminum Die Casting Co., Inc.
Atlantis Sportswear, Inc.
Council on Rural Services
Ferguson Construction Co.
Fry Leasing
Galbreath Realty
Hemm’s Glass Shops, Inc.
Industrial Property Brokers
Koverman Bayman Dickerson
Insurance
McColloch-Baker Insurance Service
McCulloch, Felger Fite,
Gutmann Co., LPA
McVety Realty
Industrial Council
Crane Pumps & Services
Crayex Corporation
Harmony Systems & Services
Industry Products Company
Isaiah Industries
Jackson Tube Service
Miami Valley Steel Service
Pioneer Electric
Wenco
Advisory Council
Educational
Edison Community College
Piqua City Schools
Upper Valley Career Center
We would like to thank the following companies, institutions and individuals for their
support of our economic development program. Additionally, Grow Piqua Now would like
to acknowledge the City of Piqua, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet
Piqua for their on-going in-kind support of these efforts.
Miami Valley Centre Mall
Midwest Maintenance, Inc.
Murray, Wells, Wendeln,
Robinson CPAs, Inc.
Mutual Federal Bank
Nitto Denko
P&R Specialty, Inc.
PSC Crane & Rigging, Inc.
Quint Creative Group
RDC Energy Solutions
Scott M&A Corp.
Sherry Development
TK Holding
Urban Elsass & Sons, Inc.
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and rural communities.
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In 2004, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, the Piqua
Improvement Corporation, and the City of Piqua discussed the
need to have the private and public sectors of the community
work together in a collaborative process to enhance economic
development in Piqua, Ohio. This culminated in the creation of
Grow Piqua Now in 2006. The organization is funded through
the generous support of the area’s leading businesses, educational institutions and other civic-minded organizations and
individuals. Our work is accomplished through five (5) standing
committees: Long-Range Planning, Membership & Fundraising,
Retention & Expansion, Marketing and Workforce Development.
Michael A. Cox
CEO
Polysource Inc.
Lorna T. Swisher
Executive Director
Mainstreet Piqua Inc.
Kathy M. Sherman
President
Piqua Area Chamber
of Commerce
Jeanie JordanBates
Owner
McVety Realty
Gary A. Huff
City Manager
City of Piqua
James R. Hartzell
Chairman of the Board
Hartzell Industries
Daniel P. French
Chairman & CEO
French Oil Mill
Machinery Co.
Wayde E. Davis
Agent
Koverman Bayman
Dickerson Insurance
Michael J. Caughell
Executive VP & GM
Bruns General
Contracting, Inc.
Thomas B. Atkinson
Vice President
US Bank
PURPOSE
Grow Piqua Now exists to strengthen the community’s business
environment by coordinating an array of resources with an
effective regionally-integrated economic development program.
MISSION
The organization is charged with progressively promoting
economic development in Piqua, Ohio. The private-public
partnership enables us to work cooperatively with our local,
regional and statewide partners to provide opportunities to
Piqua’s businesses and residents.
Specifically, Grow Piqua Now seeks to:
• Market & attract new businesses
• Retain & expand our existing businesses
• Grow & nurture our small businesses & entrepreneurs
Cynthia A.
Holtzapple
Assistant City Manager
City of Piqua
• Advocate & promote on behalf of our local
business community
AREAS OF FOCUS
As an integral part of the Dayton Region, our areas of focus build
on the regional strengths in several key industries:
Nancy D. Luce, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Upper Valley Career Center
• Aerospace & Aviation
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Automotive
• Information Technology
• Human Sciences & Healthcare
• Logistics & Distribution
PROGRAM OF WORK
Through cooperation with JobsOhio, the Dayton Development
Coalition, the West Central Ohio Development Council and
our local and regional partners, Grow Piqua Now aggressively
markets our region to companies in our key industries through
strategic partnerships with consultants in North America
and Western Europe. Additionally, we engage leading site
selection consultants and corporate real estate professionals
at key industry conferences and forums across the U.S. Finally,
we participate with our community partners in Piqua and across
the Dayton Region in a coordinated business visitation program
called Business First! to understand and address the challenges
and opportunities faced by our local businesses.
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Plant Manager
Harmony Systems &
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Julia A. Terry
Commissioner
City of Piqua
326 N. Main Street
•
P.O. Box 1142
•
Piqua, OH 45356
•
1.800.251.1742
growpiquanow.org
PIQUA
Grow your business …Grow your life.
Photos Courtesy of TNT Studios, Jack Holtel and Mike Ullery.
Grow Piqua Now would like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to this
report: Alissa Blankenship, Greg Blankenship, Jodi Boldenow, Mike Caughell, Linda Cleveland, Mimi
Crawford, Patty Mattis, Kathy Sherman, Debbie Stein and Lorna Swisher.
General Members
A Learning Place
Apex Aluminum Die Casting Co., Inc.
Atlantis Sportswear, Inc.
Council on Rural Services
Ferguson Construction Co.
Fry Leasing
Galbreath Realty
Hemm’s Glass Shops, Inc.
Industrial Property Brokers
Koverman Bayman Dickerson
Insurance
McColloch-Baker Insurance Service
McCulloch, Felger Fite,
Gutmann Co., LPA
McVety Realty
Industrial Council
Crane Pumps & Services
Crayex Corporation
Harmony Systems & Services
Industry Products Company
Isaiah Industries
Jackson Tube Service
Miami Valley Steel Service
Pioneer Electric
Wenco
Advisory Council
Bruns General Contracting
Buckeye Insurance Group
Fifth Third Bank
French Oil Mill Machinery Co.
Hartzell Industries
Hartzell Propeller
Mainsource Bank
Piqua Concrete Co.
Polysource, Inc.
Unity National Bank
Upper Valley Medical Center
U.S. Bank
Advisory Council
Educational
Edison Community College
Piqua City Schools
Upper Valley Career Center
We would like to thank the following companies, institutions and individuals for their
support of our economic development program. Additionally, Grow Piqua Now would like
to acknowledge the City of Piqua, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet
Piqua for their on-going in-kind support of these efforts.
Miami Valley Centre Mall
Midwest Maintenance, Inc.
Murray, Wells, Wendeln,
Robinson CPAs, Inc.
Mutual Federal Bank
Nitto Denko
P&R Specialty, Inc.
PSC Crane & Rigging, Inc.
Quint Creative Group
RDC Energy Solutions
Scott M&A Corp.
Sherry Development
TK Holding
Urban Elsass & Sons, Inc.
Vectren
and rural communities.
positive change in urban, suburban
ourInvestors
individuals for their efforts in creating
These awards honor organizations and
and the year’s most influential leaders.
and partnerships, marketing materials
27%
Business Prospects
(SOURCE OF LEADS)
2012 (26 Total)
15%
19%
38%
economic development programs
Awards recognize the world’s best
Other (5)
Excellence in Economic Development
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populations of less than 25,000. IEDC’s
Direct Contact (7)
Annual Report for communities with
State of Ohio/DDC (10)
a Silver Award in the category of
in Houston, Texas. The report earned
Commercial
2007
2008
during the IEDC Annual Conference
was presented at an awards ceremony
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Development Council (IEDC). The honor
2010
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In 2004, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, the Piqua
Improvement Corporation, and the City of Piqua discussed the
need to have the private and public sectors of the community
work together in a collaborative process to enhance economic
development in Piqua, Ohio. This culminated in the creation of
Grow Piqua Now in 2006. The organization is funded through
the generous support of the area’s leading businesses, educational institutions and other civic-minded organizations and
individuals. Our work is accomplished through five (5) standing
committees: Long-Range Planning, Membership & Fundraising,
Retention & Expansion, Marketing and Workforce Development.
PURPOSE
Grow Piqua Now exists to strengthen the community’s business
environment by coordinating an array of resources with an
effective regionally-integrated economic development program.
MISSION
Wayde E. Davis
Agent
Koverman Bayman
Dickerson Insurance
Daniel P. French
Chairman & CEO
French Oil Mill
Machinery Co.
James R. Hartzell
Chairman of the Board
Hartzell Industries
The organization is charged with progressively promoting
economic development in Piqua, Ohio. The private-public
partnership enables us to work cooperatively with our local,
regional and statewide partners to provide opportunities to
Piqua’s businesses and residents.
Specifically, Grow Piqua Now seeks to:
• Market & attract new businesses
• Retain & expand our existing businesses
• Grow & nurture our small businesses & entrepreneurs
Cynthia A.
Holtzapple
Assistant City Manager
City of Piqua
Gary A. Huff
City Manager
City of Piqua
Jeanie JordanBates
Owner
McVety Realty
• Advocate & promote on behalf of our local
business community
AREAS OF FOCUS
As an integral part of the Dayton Region, our areas of focus build
on the regional strengths in several key industries:
Nancy D. Luce, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Upper Valley Career Center
Kathy M. Sherman
President
Piqua Area Chamber
of Commerce
Lorna T. Swisher
Executive Director
Mainstreet Piqua Inc.
gr o
David S. Richard
Plant Manager
Harmony Systems &
Service, Inc.
Julia A. Terry
Commissioner
City of Piqua
• Aerospace & Aviation
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Automotive
• Information Technology
• Human Sciences & Healthcare
• Logistics & Distribution
PROGRAM OF WORK
Through cooperation with JobsOhio, the Dayton Development
Coalition, the West Central Ohio Development Council and
our local and regional partners, Grow Piqua Now aggressively
markets our region to companies in our key industries through
strategic partnerships with consultants in North America
and Western Europe. Additionally, we engage leading site
selection consultants and corporate real estate professionals
at key industry conferences and forums across the U.S. Finally,
we participate with our community partners in Piqua and across
the Dayton Region in a coordinated business visitation program
called Business First! to understand and address the challenges
and opportunities faced by our local businesses.
326 N. Main Street
•
P.O. Box 1142
•
Piqua, OH 45356
•
1.800.251.1742
growpiquanow.org
PIQUA
Grow your business …Grow your life.
Photos Courtesy of TNT Studios, Jack Holtel and Mike Ullery.
Grow Piqua Now would like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to this
report: Alissa Blankenship, Greg Blankenship, Jodi Boldenow, Mike Caughell, Linda Cleveland, Mimi
Crawford, Patty Mattis, Kathy Sherman, Debbie Stein and Lorna Swisher.
General Members
A Learning Place
Apex Aluminum Die Casting Co., Inc.
Atlantis Sportswear, Inc.
Council on Rural Services
Ferguson Construction Co.
Fry Leasing
Galbreath Realty
Hemm’s Glass Shops, Inc.
Industrial Property Brokers
Koverman Bayman Dickerson
Insurance
McColloch-Baker Insurance Service
McCulloch, Felger Fite,
Gutmann Co., LPA
McVety Realty
Industrial Council
Crane Pumps & Services
Crayex Corporation
Harmony Systems & Services
Industry Products Company
Isaiah Industries
Jackson Tube Service
Miami Valley Steel Service
Pioneer Electric
Wenco
Advisory Council
Bruns General Contracting
Buckeye Insurance Group
Fifth Third Bank
French Oil Mill Machinery Co.
Hartzell Industries
Hartzell Propeller
Mainsource Bank
Piqua Concrete Co.
Polysource, Inc.
Unity National Bank
Upper Valley Medical Center
U.S. Bank
Advisory Council
Educational
Edison Community College
Piqua City Schools
Upper Valley Career Center
We would like to thank the following companies, institutions and individuals for their
support of our economic development program. Additionally, Grow Piqua Now would like
to acknowledge the City of Piqua, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet
Piqua for their on-going in-kind support of these efforts.
Miami Valley Centre Mall
Midwest Maintenance, Inc.
Murray, Wells, Wendeln,
Robinson CPAs, Inc.
Mutual Federal Bank
Nitto Denko
P&R Specialty, Inc.
PSC Crane & Rigging, Inc.
Quint Creative Group
RDC Energy Solutions
Scott M&A Corp.
Sherry Development
TK Holding
Urban Elsass & Sons, Inc.
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Michael A. Cox
CEO
Polysource Inc.
In 2004, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, the Piqua
Improvement Corporation, and the City of Piqua discussed the
need to have the private and public sectors of the community
work together in a collaborative process to enhance economic
development in Piqua, Ohio. This culminated in the creation of
Grow Piqua Now in 2006. The organization is funded through
the generous support of the area’s leading businesses, educational institutions and other civic-minded organizations and
individuals. Our work is accomplished through five (5) standing
committees: Long-Range Planning, Membership & Fundraising,
Retention & Expansion, Marketing and Workforce Development.
PURPOSE
Grow Piqua Now exists to strengthen the community’s business
environment by coordinating an array of resources with an
effective regionally-integrated economic development program.
MISSION
Wayde E. Davis
Agent
Koverman Bayman
Dickerson Insurance
Daniel P. French
Chairman & CEO
French Oil Mill
Machinery Co.
James R. Hartzell
Chairman of the Board
Hartzell Industries
The organization is charged with progressively promoting
economic development in Piqua, Ohio. The private-public
partnership enables us to work cooperatively with our local,
regional and statewide partners to provide opportunities to
Piqua’s businesses and residents.
Specifically, Grow Piqua Now seeks to:
• Market & attract new businesses
• Retain & expand our existing businesses
• Grow & nurture our small businesses & entrepreneurs
Cynthia A.
Holtzapple
Assistant City Manager
City of Piqua
Gary A. Huff
City Manager
City of Piqua
Jeanie JordanBates
Owner
McVety Realty
• Advocate & promote on behalf of our local
business community
AREAS OF FOCUS
As an integral part of the Dayton Region, our areas of focus build
on the regional strengths in several key industries:
Nancy D. Luce, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Upper Valley Career Center
Kathy M. Sherman
President
Piqua Area Chamber
of Commerce
Lorna T. Swisher
Executive Director
Mainstreet Piqua Inc.
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David S. Richard
Plant Manager
Harmony Systems &
Service, Inc.
Julia A. Terry
Commissioner
City of Piqua
• Aerospace & Aviation
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Automotive
• Information Technology
• Human Sciences & Healthcare
• Logistics & Distribution
PROGRAM OF WORK
Through cooperation with JobsOhio, the Dayton Development
Coalition, the West Central Ohio Development Council and
our local and regional partners, Grow Piqua Now aggressively
markets our region to companies in our key industries through
strategic partnerships with consultants in North America
and Western Europe. Additionally, we engage leading site
selection consultants and corporate real estate professionals
at key industry conferences and forums across the U.S. Finally,
we participate with our community partners in Piqua and across
the Dayton Region in a coordinated business visitation program
called Business First! to understand and address the challenges
and opportunities faced by our local businesses.
The Power of Partnerships
OUR Success STORIES
Automotive INDUSTRY Spotlight
Jackson Tube
Why is this important? Ohio’s automotive
industry is comprised of six assembly
plants, three stamping plants, four engine
plants, three transmission plants and more
than 480 automotive suppliers, including
The City of Piqua and Grow Piqua Now
many in the City of Piqua. These facilities
became members of the Automotive
directly employ over 76,000 workers in
Communities Partnership (ACP) in 2013.
Ohio and account for over $1.2 billion on
The partnership is a unique program that
automotive research and development. The
brings together community leaders, industry
state is also one of the most prolific vehicle
leaders and other stakeholders with the
manufacturing states in the country, pro-
goal of sustaining and growing the region’s
ducing over 1.1 million cars and light trucks
automotive infrastructure.
in 2011. Vehicle manufacturers include both
The ACP provides communities with
Crayex Corporation
“Crayex has been a proud part of the Piqua
Mimi Crawford
President/COO
guidance on a number of issues, including:
Industry Products Company
“Industry Products Company has been able
community for more than 40 years. Our latest
to grow over the last 40 years because of the
expansion project in Piqua provides us
region’s rich industrial heritage, our commitment
additional value-added products to serve
to customized solutions for our customers and
several key markets throughout North America.
IPC Team Members, who truly are our greatest
As importantly, we see enhanced recruitment
asset. With our latest expansion, we have further
opportunities for highly skilled employees as
the community makes new investments in its
infrastructure, educational facilities and quality of life offerings over
Linda Cleveland
CEO
positioned ourselves to be one of the top Tier
One and Tier Two supplier of parts and compo-
nents to the automotive industry and other markets.” LINDA CLEVELAND
the next several years.” MIMI CRAWFORD
Industry Products Company (IPC) began construction in early 2012
In late 2012, the Crayex Corporation announced plans to invest
on a 123,500 sq. ft. expansion to house additional products lines
more than $4 million in its Piqua facility. Once complete, the new
and warehousing to support its rapid growth. The $3.8 million
6,500 sq. ft. addition will house a new co-extrusion blown film line
project was managed by Bruns General Contractors and was
that will enable the company to increase the number of products
completed in November 2012.
for the building materials, food and automotive industries.
Crayex has used its experience to develop and provide some of
• Helping communities identify emerging
technologies
• Identifying which companies are active in
new technology areas
• Ensuring that the skill set of present and
future workers is aligned with the needs
of advanced technology development and
production
• Educating communities on how corporate
location decisions are made
tive supply base—both within and outside
Ohio. Many of these suppliers do significant
business with the Detroit Three companies.
The Automotive Communities Partnership
is a program of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR is a non-profit
organization focused on a wide variety of
important trends and changes related to the
automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels. CAR
conducts industry research, develops new
methodologies, forecasts industry trends,
Jackson Tube’s automotive applications
include stabilizer bars, suspension components, impact beams, seating, hanger
beams, trunk hinges and headrests.
Their tubular products are also used in
other industries, including agricultural
equipment, recreational vehicles, furniture,
refrigeration units, hospital equipment and
office furniture.
More information about the company is
available at www.jackson-tube.com.
advises on public policy and sponsors multistakeholder communication forums.
IPC is a privately-held woman-owned company (NWBOC and
cutting operation to produce gaskets for the compressor industry.
ter known for its top quality shrink bags and film, Crayex applies
Today, 95 percent of their business is automotive related as a
the same ISO-Certified quality standards and tested tough criteria
supplier to both automotive and light truck manufacturers as well
to its line of general purpose industrial products, including dust
as to Tier One automotive suppliers.
Now operating from a 337,000 square foot manufacturing operation
The Crayex Corporation was founded in 1972 by Clifford
in Piqua, the company produces a number of automotive trunk tire
Alexander as a custom manufacturer of polyethylene shrink,
covers and cargo load floors. It also has seen significant growth of
non-shrink and specialty films and bags. Continued success in
its in-transit protection, door watershield and acoustic die cut
meeting the needs of customers has resulted in numerous plant
business for both automobiles and light trucks.
expansions at the Piqua, Ohio facility as well as the addition of
www.industryproductsco.com
the McDonough, Georgia plant in 1980.
companies want from communities
facilities relying heavily on the U.S. automo-
One company is Jackson Tube Service.
It was founded over four decades ago
by the Jackson family, who still own and
operate the company today. Established
on the principles of superior customer
service, exceptional product quality along
with proud corporate citizenship, the
company continues to be an integral part
of the Piqua community.
WBENC certified) that was founded in 1966 in Piqua, Ohio as a die
the best shrink tubing and sheeting in the market today. While bet-
covers, liner bags, top sheets or wide width sheeting.
• Sharing what manufacturing and supplier
domestic and international automakers, with
The automotive industry has always
played an important role in Ohio’s—and
our local—economy. Today, the industry
is witnessing a renaissance thanks in part
to new investments from Honda, Ford and
Jeep, which are helping our own local
automotive-related companies regain their
footing after the economic downturn.
The City of Piqua and Grow Piqua Now were founding members of the West Central
Ohio Development Coalition (WCODC) in 2005. The organization started as a loose-knit
association of several communities in the northern Dayton Region who collaborated on
business attraction efforts. Today, WCODC is an alliance of seven counties and 15
economic development organizations that actively work to recruit new investment to this
region. These initiatives include a robust consultant engagement program and participation
in key tradeshows and market missions, which are conducted in close cooperation with the
Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) and the State of Ohio. Funding is provided through
the generous support of the DDC and JobsOhio West, helping leverage the activities and
funding of the participating economic development organizations.
Grow Piqua Now is a long-standing investor in the
Dayton Development Coalition (DDC). Now that
the DDC is part of the JobsOhio Network, both
GPN and the West Central Ohio Development
Coalition are playing increasingly important roles
in carrying out the northern Dayton Region’s
business attraction and retention work.
www.crayex.com
SMALLBUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
The strength of our business community
$3,000 grant from the City’s Job Creation
relies on the successes and growth of our
Rapid Outreach Grant.
large and small companies. The City of
Piqua is fortunate to have an extensive
network of small business assistance,
which includes the Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) at Edison
Community College, Mainstreet Piqua
and the Piqua Area Chamber of
Commerce. Last year, small businesses
contributed new investments and
employees—from manufacturing to retail—
P&R Specialty, Inc.
“This project will allow P&R
Greg Blankenship
President/Owner
Alissa Blankenship
VP/Owner
and helped buoy the local economy, thanks
INDUSTRIAL SPRING COMPANY
in part to creative partnerships and assis-
“Industrial Door Company is pleased to have
Specialty to help meet the
found such a great facility to meet our needs.
growing demand for our
Located directly off Interstate 75, the new loca-
products, particularly for
tion for our Industrial Spring Company division
large nailed wood reel
better positions us with closer proximity to key
packaging for power
suppliers and customers. We look forward to
transmission cables,
telecommunications wires,
industrial wire rope and chain. We are pleased to see our company
Jodi Boldenow
President/CEO
being part of the Piqua community for many
years to come.”
JODI BOLDENOW
tance from the city.
On the manufacturing front, the city welcomed the expansion of D&D Brightworks
at its new location on Commerce Drive. As
part of its relocation to Piqua, the company
added several employees and made investments in new equipment and computers as
the company expanded from supplying one
New restaurants were also an important
part of the economic recovery in 2012.
Buffalo Wings & Rings began work on its
newest location at the Miami Valley Centre
Mall. The new outlet brings the company’s
newest store design to Piqua complete
with dozens of televisions, a family-friendly
dining area and outdoor patio. The project
received assistance from the City of Piqua
through the Community Reinvestment Area
(CRA) program.
Another high-visibility project was the
opening of Mulligan’s Pub at the Fort Piqua
Plaza in historic Downtown Piqua. The new
restaurant offers a pub-like atmosphere
in the beautifully-restored space that was
part of the $22 million Fort Piqua Plaza
restoration project completed in 2008.
The city was able to assist the project by
partnering on several tenant improvements
French employees receive the Presidential “E”
Star Award from U.S. Commerce Secretary
John Bryson (center).
FRENCH OIL MILL MACHINERY COMPANY
In 2012, the French Oil Mill Machinery
Company was awarded the Presidential “E”
Star Award for Exports at a White House
ceremony in Washington, DC. This award
is the highest recognition any U.S. entity
may receive for making contribution to the
expansion of U.S. exports.
Companies are nominated through the
U.S. Commercial Service office network,
which helps U.S. companies grow their
Industrial Spring Company, a subsidiary of Industrial Door
restoration shop to supplying many of the
Company, Inc. announced plans in late 2012 to invest nearly
In late 2012, the company began work on a 14,000 square foot
premier restoration shops and car owners
$900,000 in a 46,000 sq. ft. facility and hire up to 26 employees
building addition to accommodate the nailed wood reels product
around the world with restored brightwork.
within three years. The new spring manufacturing plant will enable
line. This will increase the company’s total manufacturing space
It was assisted in this expansion with a
the company to serve its existing customers in the region as well
to 114,000 square feet. P&R Specialty, Inc. currently employs 60
significant contribution to U.S. export
as provide it with room for future expansion.
expansion that is measurable, innovative,
Founded in Minneapolis in 1974 by Gerald Sizer, Industrial Door
sustainable, and has broad impact.
P&R Specialty’s current products include: injection molded plastic
Company, Inc. has grown to set the standard for quality garage
spools for welding consumables, electrical wire, magnet wire and
“Exporting continues to be a critical
door installation and service in the Upper Midwest.
element of our sales growth, and we are
In 1998, Industrial Door Company, Inc. successfully became
honored to receive the “E” Star Award,”
continue to grow, especially here in Piqua.” GREG BLANKENSHIP
team members.
fuel line hoses; fiberboard spools for welding consumables; and
plywood reels for copper and aluminum conductor, insulated wire,
wire rope and hoses.
P&R Specialty, Inc. was founded in 1982 and today is a leading
supplier of spools and reels in the markets it serves across the
United States, Canada and Mexico.
and with a $2,000 Job Creation Rapid
Outreach Grant to help with the addition of
a new bar in the main dining area.
exports. The primary criterion for the “E”
Star Award is three years of successive
export growth. “E” Awards are awarded
to applicants that can demonstrate a
said Daniel P. French, French’s Chairman
a second-generation family owned company with Jodi Sizer
and CEO. “Our company first began
Boldenow serving as President and CEO and Jeremy Sizer
exporting equipment in 1905 to Canada
serving as Vice President and COO.
and Europe and soon after to China. Over
www.industrialspring.com
our company’s 112-year history we have
exported equipment to every continent
www.prspecialty.com
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
Pictured above are representatives from Mulligan’s Pub, the City of Piqua and the Piqua Area
Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this year.
our Piqua headquarters and
manufacturing facility.”
The Power of Partnerships
OUR Success STORIES
Automotive INDUSTRY Spotlight
Jackson Tube
Why is this important? Ohio’s automotive
industry is comprised of six assembly
plants, three stamping plants, four engine
plants, three transmission plants and more
than 480 automotive suppliers, including
The City of Piqua and Grow Piqua Now
many in the City of Piqua. These facilities
became members of the Automotive
directly employ over 76,000 workers in
Communities Partnership (ACP) in 2013.
Ohio and account for over $1.2 billion on
The partnership is a unique program that
automotive research and development. The
brings together community leaders, industry
state is also one of the most prolific vehicle
leaders and other stakeholders with the
manufacturing states in the country, pro-
goal of sustaining and growing the region’s
ducing over 1.1 million cars and light trucks
automotive infrastructure.
in 2011. Vehicle manufacturers include both
The ACP provides communities with
Crayex Corporation
“Crayex has been a proud part of the Piqua
Mimi Crawford
President/COO
guidance on a number of issues, including:
Industry Products Company
“Industry Products Company has been able
community for more than 40 years. Our latest
to grow over the last 40 years because of the
expansion project in Piqua provides us
region’s rich industrial heritage, our commitment
additional value-added products to serve
to customized solutions for our customers and
several key markets throughout North America.
IPC Team Members, who truly are our greatest
As importantly, we see enhanced recruitment
asset. With our latest expansion, we have further
opportunities for highly skilled employees as
the community makes new investments in its
infrastructure, educational facilities and quality of life offerings over
Linda Cleveland
CEO
positioned ourselves to be one of the top Tier
One and Tier Two supplier of parts and compo-
nents to the automotive industry and other markets.” LINDA CLEVELAND
the next several years.” MIMI CRAWFORD
Industry Products Company (IPC) began construction in early 2012
In late 2012, the Crayex Corporation announced plans to invest
on a 123,500 sq. ft. expansion to house additional products lines
more than $4 million in its Piqua facility. Once complete, the new
and warehousing to support its rapid growth. The $3.8 million
6,500 sq. ft. addition will house a new co-extrusion blown film line
project was managed by Bruns General Contractors and was
that will enable the company to increase the number of products
completed in November 2012.
for the building materials, food and automotive industries.
Crayex has used its experience to develop and provide some of
• Helping communities identify emerging
technologies
• Identifying which companies are active in
new technology areas
• Ensuring that the skill set of present and
future workers is aligned with the needs
of advanced technology development and
production
• Educating communities on how corporate
location decisions are made
tive supply base—both within and outside
Ohio. Many of these suppliers do significant
business with the Detroit Three companies.
The Automotive Communities Partnership
is a program of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR is a non-profit
organization focused on a wide variety of
important trends and changes related to the
automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels. CAR
conducts industry research, develops new
methodologies, forecasts industry trends,
Jackson Tube’s automotive applications
include stabilizer bars, suspension components, impact beams, seating, hanger
beams, trunk hinges and headrests.
Their tubular products are also used in
other industries, including agricultural
equipment, recreational vehicles, furniture,
refrigeration units, hospital equipment and
office furniture.
More information about the company is
available at www.jackson-tube.com.
advises on public policy and sponsors multistakeholder communication forums.
IPC is a privately-held woman-owned company (NWBOC and
cutting operation to produce gaskets for the compressor industry.
ter known for its top quality shrink bags and film, Crayex applies
Today, 95 percent of their business is automotive related as a
the same ISO-Certified quality standards and tested tough criteria
supplier to both automotive and light truck manufacturers as well
to its line of general purpose industrial products, including dust
as to Tier One automotive suppliers.
Now operating from a 337,000 square foot manufacturing operation
The Crayex Corporation was founded in 1972 by Clifford
in Piqua, the company produces a number of automotive trunk tire
Alexander as a custom manufacturer of polyethylene shrink,
covers and cargo load floors. It also has seen significant growth of
non-shrink and specialty films and bags. Continued success in
its in-transit protection, door watershield and acoustic die cut
meeting the needs of customers has resulted in numerous plant
business for both automobiles and light trucks.
expansions at the Piqua, Ohio facility as well as the addition of
www.industryproductsco.com
the McDonough, Georgia plant in 1980.
companies want from communities
facilities relying heavily on the U.S. automo-
One company is Jackson Tube Service.
It was founded over four decades ago
by the Jackson family, who still own and
operate the company today. Established
on the principles of superior customer
service, exceptional product quality along
with proud corporate citizenship, the
company continues to be an integral part
of the Piqua community.
WBENC certified) that was founded in 1966 in Piqua, Ohio as a die
the best shrink tubing and sheeting in the market today. While bet-
covers, liner bags, top sheets or wide width sheeting.
• Sharing what manufacturing and supplier
domestic and international automakers, with
The automotive industry has always
played an important role in Ohio’s—and
our local—economy. Today, the industry
is witnessing a renaissance thanks in part
to new investments from Honda, Ford and
Jeep, which are helping our own local
automotive-related companies regain their
footing after the economic downturn.
The City of Piqua and Grow Piqua Now were founding members of the West Central
Ohio Development Coalition (WCODC) in 2005. The organization started as a loose-knit
association of several communities in the northern Dayton Region who collaborated on
business attraction efforts. Today, WCODC is an alliance of seven counties and 15
economic development organizations that actively work to recruit new investment to this
region. These initiatives include a robust consultant engagement program and participation
in key tradeshows and market missions, which are conducted in close cooperation with the
Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) and the State of Ohio. Funding is provided through
the generous support of the DDC and JobsOhio West, helping leverage the activities and
funding of the participating economic development organizations.
Grow Piqua Now is a long-standing investor in the
Dayton Development Coalition (DDC). Now that
the DDC is part of the JobsOhio Network, both
GPN and the West Central Ohio Development
Coalition are playing increasingly important roles
in carrying out the northern Dayton Region’s
business attraction and retention work.
www.crayex.com
SMALLBUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
The strength of our business community
$3,000 grant from the City’s Job Creation
relies on the successes and growth of our
Rapid Outreach Grant.
large and small companies. The City of
Piqua is fortunate to have an extensive
network of small business assistance,
which includes the Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) at Edison
Community College, Mainstreet Piqua
and the Piqua Area Chamber of
Commerce. Last year, small businesses
contributed new investments and
employees—from manufacturing to retail—
P&R Specialty, Inc.
“This project will allow P&R
Greg Blankenship
President/Owner
Alissa Blankenship
VP/Owner
and helped buoy the local economy, thanks
INDUSTRIAL SPRING COMPANY
in part to creative partnerships and assis-
“Industrial Door Company is pleased to have
Specialty to help meet the
found such a great facility to meet our needs.
growing demand for our
Located directly off Interstate 75, the new loca-
products, particularly for
tion for our Industrial Spring Company division
large nailed wood reel
better positions us with closer proximity to key
packaging for power
suppliers and customers. We look forward to
transmission cables,
telecommunications wires,
industrial wire rope and chain. We are pleased to see our company
Jodi Boldenow
President/CEO
being part of the Piqua community for many
years to come.”
JODI BOLDENOW
tance from the city.
On the manufacturing front, the city welcomed the expansion of D&D Brightworks
at its new location on Commerce Drive. As
part of its relocation to Piqua, the company
added several employees and made investments in new equipment and computers as
the company expanded from supplying one
New restaurants were also an important
part of the economic recovery in 2012.
Buffalo Wings & Rings began work on its
newest location at the Miami Valley Centre
Mall. The new outlet brings the company’s
newest store design to Piqua complete
with dozens of televisions, a family-friendly
dining area and outdoor patio. The project
received assistance from the City of Piqua
through the Community Reinvestment Area
(CRA) program.
Another high-visibility project was the
opening of Mulligan’s Pub at the Fort Piqua
Plaza in historic Downtown Piqua. The new
restaurant offers a pub-like atmosphere
in the beautifully-restored space that was
part of the $22 million Fort Piqua Plaza
restoration project completed in 2008.
The city was able to assist the project by
partnering on several tenant improvements
French employees receive the Presidential “E”
Star Award from U.S. Commerce Secretary
John Bryson (center).
FRENCH OIL MILL MACHINERY COMPANY
In 2012, the French Oil Mill Machinery
Company was awarded the Presidential “E”
Star Award for Exports at a White House
ceremony in Washington, DC. This award
is the highest recognition any U.S. entity
may receive for making contribution to the
expansion of U.S. exports.
Companies are nominated through the
U.S. Commercial Service office network,
which helps U.S. companies grow their
Industrial Spring Company, a subsidiary of Industrial Door
restoration shop to supplying many of the
Company, Inc. announced plans in late 2012 to invest nearly
In late 2012, the company began work on a 14,000 square foot
premier restoration shops and car owners
$900,000 in a 46,000 sq. ft. facility and hire up to 26 employees
building addition to accommodate the nailed wood reels product
around the world with restored brightwork.
within three years. The new spring manufacturing plant will enable
line. This will increase the company’s total manufacturing space
It was assisted in this expansion with a
the company to serve its existing customers in the region as well
to 114,000 square feet. P&R Specialty, Inc. currently employs 60
significant contribution to U.S. export
as provide it with room for future expansion.
expansion that is measurable, innovative,
Founded in Minneapolis in 1974 by Gerald Sizer, Industrial Door
sustainable, and has broad impact.
P&R Specialty’s current products include: injection molded plastic
Company, Inc. has grown to set the standard for quality garage
spools for welding consumables, electrical wire, magnet wire and
“Exporting continues to be a critical
door installation and service in the Upper Midwest.
element of our sales growth, and we are
In 1998, Industrial Door Company, Inc. successfully became
honored to receive the “E” Star Award,”
continue to grow, especially here in Piqua.” GREG BLANKENSHIP
team members.
fuel line hoses; fiberboard spools for welding consumables; and
plywood reels for copper and aluminum conductor, insulated wire,
wire rope and hoses.
P&R Specialty, Inc. was founded in 1982 and today is a leading
supplier of spools and reels in the markets it serves across the
United States, Canada and Mexico.
and with a $2,000 Job Creation Rapid
Outreach Grant to help with the addition of
a new bar in the main dining area.
exports. The primary criterion for the “E”
Star Award is three years of successive
export growth. “E” Awards are awarded
to applicants that can demonstrate a
said Daniel P. French, French’s Chairman
a second-generation family owned company with Jodi Sizer
and CEO. “Our company first began
Boldenow serving as President and CEO and Jeremy Sizer
exporting equipment in 1905 to Canada
serving as Vice President and COO.
and Europe and soon after to China. Over
www.industrialspring.com
our company’s 112-year history we have
exported equipment to every continent
www.prspecialty.com
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
Pictured above are representatives from Mulligan’s Pub, the City of Piqua and the Piqua Area
Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this year.
our Piqua headquarters and
manufacturing facility.”
The Power of Partnerships
OUR Success STORIES
Automotive INDUSTRY Spotlight
Jackson Tube
Why is this important? Ohio’s automotive
industry is comprised of six assembly
plants, three stamping plants, four engine
plants, three transmission plants and more
than 480 automotive suppliers, including
The City of Piqua and Grow Piqua Now
many in the City of Piqua. These facilities
became members of the Automotive
directly employ over 76,000 workers in
Communities Partnership (ACP) in 2013.
Ohio and account for over $1.2 billion on
The partnership is a unique program that
automotive research and development. The
brings together community leaders, industry
state is also one of the most prolific vehicle
leaders and other stakeholders with the
manufacturing states in the country, pro-
goal of sustaining and growing the region’s
ducing over 1.1 million cars and light trucks
automotive infrastructure.
in 2011. Vehicle manufacturers include both
The ACP provides communities with
Crayex Corporation
“Crayex has been a proud part of the Piqua
Mimi Crawford
President/COO
guidance on a number of issues, including:
Industry Products Company
“Industry Products Company has been able
community for more than 40 years. Our latest
to grow over the last 40 years because of the
expansion project in Piqua provides us
region’s rich industrial heritage, our commitment
additional value-added products to serve
to customized solutions for our customers and
several key markets throughout North America.
IPC Team Members, who truly are our greatest
As importantly, we see enhanced recruitment
asset. With our latest expansion, we have further
opportunities for highly skilled employees as
the community makes new investments in its
infrastructure, educational facilities and quality of life offerings over
Linda Cleveland
CEO
positioned ourselves to be one of the top Tier
One and Tier Two supplier of parts and compo-
nents to the automotive industry and other markets.” LINDA CLEVELAND
the next several years.” MIMI CRAWFORD
Industry Products Company (IPC) began construction in early 2012
In late 2012, the Crayex Corporation announced plans to invest
on a 123,500 sq. ft. expansion to house additional products lines
more than $4 million in its Piqua facility. Once complete, the new
and warehousing to support its rapid growth. The $3.8 million
6,500 sq. ft. addition will house a new co-extrusion blown film line
project was managed by Bruns General Contractors and was
that will enable the company to increase the number of products
completed in November 2012.
for the building materials, food and automotive industries.
Crayex has used its experience to develop and provide some of
• Helping communities identify emerging
technologies
• Identifying which companies are active in
new technology areas
• Ensuring that the skill set of present and
future workers is aligned with the needs
of advanced technology development and
production
• Educating communities on how corporate
location decisions are made
tive supply base—both within and outside
Ohio. Many of these suppliers do significant
business with the Detroit Three companies.
The Automotive Communities Partnership
is a program of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR is a non-profit
organization focused on a wide variety of
important trends and changes related to the
automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels. CAR
conducts industry research, develops new
methodologies, forecasts industry trends,
Jackson Tube’s automotive applications
include stabilizer bars, suspension components, impact beams, seating, hanger
beams, trunk hinges and headrests.
Their tubular products are also used in
other industries, including agricultural
equipment, recreational vehicles, furniture,
refrigeration units, hospital equipment and
office furniture.
More information about the company is
available at www.jackson-tube.com.
advises on public policy and sponsors multistakeholder communication forums.
IPC is a privately-held woman-owned company (NWBOC and
cutting operation to produce gaskets for the compressor industry.
ter known for its top quality shrink bags and film, Crayex applies
Today, 95 percent of their business is automotive related as a
the same ISO-Certified quality standards and tested tough criteria
supplier to both automotive and light truck manufacturers as well
to its line of general purpose industrial products, including dust
as to Tier One automotive suppliers.
Now operating from a 337,000 square foot manufacturing operation
The Crayex Corporation was founded in 1972 by Clifford
in Piqua, the company produces a number of automotive trunk tire
Alexander as a custom manufacturer of polyethylene shrink,
covers and cargo load floors. It also has seen significant growth of
non-shrink and specialty films and bags. Continued success in
its in-transit protection, door watershield and acoustic die cut
meeting the needs of customers has resulted in numerous plant
business for both automobiles and light trucks.
expansions at the Piqua, Ohio facility as well as the addition of
www.industryproductsco.com
the McDonough, Georgia plant in 1980.
companies want from communities
facilities relying heavily on the U.S. automo-
One company is Jackson Tube Service.
It was founded over four decades ago
by the Jackson family, who still own and
operate the company today. Established
on the principles of superior customer
service, exceptional product quality along
with proud corporate citizenship, the
company continues to be an integral part
of the Piqua community.
WBENC certified) that was founded in 1966 in Piqua, Ohio as a die
the best shrink tubing and sheeting in the market today. While bet-
covers, liner bags, top sheets or wide width sheeting.
• Sharing what manufacturing and supplier
domestic and international automakers, with
The automotive industry has always
played an important role in Ohio’s—and
our local—economy. Today, the industry
is witnessing a renaissance thanks in part
to new investments from Honda, Ford and
Jeep, which are helping our own local
automotive-related companies regain their
footing after the economic downturn.
The City of Piqua and Grow Piqua Now were founding members of the West Central
Ohio Development Coalition (WCODC) in 2005. The organization started as a loose-knit
association of several communities in the northern Dayton Region who collaborated on
business attraction efforts. Today, WCODC is an alliance of seven counties and 15
economic development organizations that actively work to recruit new investment to this
region. These initiatives include a robust consultant engagement program and participation
in key tradeshows and market missions, which are conducted in close cooperation with the
Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) and the State of Ohio. Funding is provided through
the generous support of the DDC and JobsOhio West, helping leverage the activities and
funding of the participating economic development organizations.
Grow Piqua Now is a long-standing investor in the
Dayton Development Coalition (DDC). Now that
the DDC is part of the JobsOhio Network, both
GPN and the West Central Ohio Development
Coalition are playing increasingly important roles
in carrying out the northern Dayton Region’s
business attraction and retention work.
www.crayex.com
SMALLBUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
The strength of our business community
$3,000 grant from the City’s Job Creation
relies on the successes and growth of our
Rapid Outreach Grant.
large and small companies. The City of
Piqua is fortunate to have an extensive
network of small business assistance,
which includes the Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) at Edison
Community College, Mainstreet Piqua
and the Piqua Area Chamber of
Commerce. Last year, small businesses
contributed new investments and
employees—from manufacturing to retail—
P&R Specialty, Inc.
“This project will allow P&R
Greg Blankenship
President/Owner
Alissa Blankenship
VP/Owner
and helped buoy the local economy, thanks
INDUSTRIAL SPRING COMPANY
in part to creative partnerships and assis-
“Industrial Door Company is pleased to have
Specialty to help meet the
found such a great facility to meet our needs.
growing demand for our
Located directly off Interstate 75, the new loca-
products, particularly for
tion for our Industrial Spring Company division
large nailed wood reel
better positions us with closer proximity to key
packaging for power
suppliers and customers. We look forward to
transmission cables,
telecommunications wires,
industrial wire rope and chain. We are pleased to see our company
Jodi Boldenow
President/CEO
being part of the Piqua community for many
years to come.”
JODI BOLDENOW
tance from the city.
On the manufacturing front, the city welcomed the expansion of D&D Brightworks
at its new location on Commerce Drive. As
part of its relocation to Piqua, the company
added several employees and made investments in new equipment and computers as
the company expanded from supplying one
New restaurants were also an important
part of the economic recovery in 2012.
Buffalo Wings & Rings began work on its
newest location at the Miami Valley Centre
Mall. The new outlet brings the company’s
newest store design to Piqua complete
with dozens of televisions, a family-friendly
dining area and outdoor patio. The project
received assistance from the City of Piqua
through the Community Reinvestment Area
(CRA) program.
Another high-visibility project was the
opening of Mulligan’s Pub at the Fort Piqua
Plaza in historic Downtown Piqua. The new
restaurant offers a pub-like atmosphere
in the beautifully-restored space that was
part of the $22 million Fort Piqua Plaza
restoration project completed in 2008.
The city was able to assist the project by
partnering on several tenant improvements
French employees receive the Presidential “E”
Star Award from U.S. Commerce Secretary
John Bryson (center).
FRENCH OIL MILL MACHINERY COMPANY
In 2012, the French Oil Mill Machinery
Company was awarded the Presidential “E”
Star Award for Exports at a White House
ceremony in Washington, DC. This award
is the highest recognition any U.S. entity
may receive for making contribution to the
expansion of U.S. exports.
Companies are nominated through the
U.S. Commercial Service office network,
which helps U.S. companies grow their
Industrial Spring Company, a subsidiary of Industrial Door
restoration shop to supplying many of the
Company, Inc. announced plans in late 2012 to invest nearly
In late 2012, the company began work on a 14,000 square foot
premier restoration shops and car owners
$900,000 in a 46,000 sq. ft. facility and hire up to 26 employees
building addition to accommodate the nailed wood reels product
around the world with restored brightwork.
within three years. The new spring manufacturing plant will enable
line. This will increase the company’s total manufacturing space
It was assisted in this expansion with a
the company to serve its existing customers in the region as well
to 114,000 square feet. P&R Specialty, Inc. currently employs 60
significant contribution to U.S. export
as provide it with room for future expansion.
expansion that is measurable, innovative,
Founded in Minneapolis in 1974 by Gerald Sizer, Industrial Door
sustainable, and has broad impact.
P&R Specialty’s current products include: injection molded plastic
Company, Inc. has grown to set the standard for quality garage
spools for welding consumables, electrical wire, magnet wire and
“Exporting continues to be a critical
door installation and service in the Upper Midwest.
element of our sales growth, and we are
In 1998, Industrial Door Company, Inc. successfully became
honored to receive the “E” Star Award,”
continue to grow, especially here in Piqua.” GREG BLANKENSHIP
team members.
fuel line hoses; fiberboard spools for welding consumables; and
plywood reels for copper and aluminum conductor, insulated wire,
wire rope and hoses.
P&R Specialty, Inc. was founded in 1982 and today is a leading
supplier of spools and reels in the markets it serves across the
United States, Canada and Mexico.
and with a $2,000 Job Creation Rapid
Outreach Grant to help with the addition of
a new bar in the main dining area.
exports. The primary criterion for the “E”
Star Award is three years of successive
export growth. “E” Awards are awarded
to applicants that can demonstrate a
said Daniel P. French, French’s Chairman
a second-generation family owned company with Jodi Sizer
and CEO. “Our company first began
Boldenow serving as President and CEO and Jeremy Sizer
exporting equipment in 1905 to Canada
serving as Vice President and COO.
and Europe and soon after to China. Over
www.industrialspring.com
our company’s 112-year history we have
exported equipment to every continent
www.prspecialty.com
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
Pictured above are representatives from Mulligan’s Pub, the City of Piqua and the Piqua Area
Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this year.
our Piqua headquarters and
manufacturing facility.”
The Power of Partnerships
OUR Success STORIES
Automotive INDUSTRY Spotlight
Jackson Tube
Why is this important? Ohio’s automotive
industry is comprised of six assembly
plants, three stamping plants, four engine
plants, three transmission plants and more
than 480 automotive suppliers, including
The City of Piqua and Grow Piqua Now
many in the City of Piqua. These facilities
became members of the Automotive
directly employ over 76,000 workers in
Communities Partnership (ACP) in 2013.
Ohio and account for over $1.2 billion on
The partnership is a unique program that
automotive research and development. The
brings together community leaders, industry
state is also one of the most prolific vehicle
leaders and other stakeholders with the
manufacturing states in the country, pro-
goal of sustaining and growing the region’s
ducing over 1.1 million cars and light trucks
automotive infrastructure.
in 2011. Vehicle manufacturers include both
The ACP provides communities with
Crayex Corporation
“Crayex has been a proud part of the Piqua
Mimi Crawford
President/COO
guidance on a number of issues, including:
Industry Products Company
“Industry Products Company has been able
community for more than 40 years. Our latest
to grow over the last 40 years because of the
expansion project in Piqua provides us
region’s rich industrial heritage, our commitment
additional value-added products to serve
to customized solutions for our customers and
several key markets throughout North America.
IPC Team Members, who truly are our greatest
As importantly, we see enhanced recruitment
asset. With our latest expansion, we have further
opportunities for highly skilled employees as
the community makes new investments in its
infrastructure, educational facilities and quality of life offerings over
Linda Cleveland
CEO
positioned ourselves to be one of the top Tier
One and Tier Two supplier of parts and compo-
nents to the automotive industry and other markets.” LINDA CLEVELAND
the next several years.” MIMI CRAWFORD
Industry Products Company (IPC) began construction in early 2012
In late 2012, the Crayex Corporation announced plans to invest
on a 123,500 sq. ft. expansion to house additional products lines
more than $4 million in its Piqua facility. Once complete, the new
and warehousing to support its rapid growth. The $3.8 million
6,500 sq. ft. addition will house a new co-extrusion blown film line
project was managed by Bruns General Contractors and was
that will enable the company to increase the number of products
completed in November 2012.
for the building materials, food and automotive industries.
Crayex has used its experience to develop and provide some of
• Helping communities identify emerging
technologies
• Identifying which companies are active in
new technology areas
• Ensuring that the skill set of present and
future workers is aligned with the needs
of advanced technology development and
production
• Educating communities on how corporate
location decisions are made
tive supply base—both within and outside
Ohio. Many of these suppliers do significant
business with the Detroit Three companies.
The Automotive Communities Partnership
is a program of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR is a non-profit
organization focused on a wide variety of
important trends and changes related to the
automobile industry and society at the international, federal, state and local levels. CAR
conducts industry research, develops new
methodologies, forecasts industry trends,
Jackson Tube’s automotive applications
include stabilizer bars, suspension components, impact beams, seating, hanger
beams, trunk hinges and headrests.
Their tubular products are also used in
other industries, including agricultural
equipment, recreational vehicles, furniture,
refrigeration units, hospital equipment and
office furniture.
More information about the company is
available at www.jackson-tube.com.
advises on public policy and sponsors multistakeholder communication forums.
IPC is a privately-held woman-owned company (NWBOC and
cutting operation to produce gaskets for the compressor industry.
ter known for its top quality shrink bags and film, Crayex applies
Today, 95 percent of their business is automotive related as a
the same ISO-Certified quality standards and tested tough criteria
supplier to both automotive and light truck manufacturers as well
to its line of general purpose industrial products, including dust
as to Tier One automotive suppliers.
Now operating from a 337,000 square foot manufacturing operation
The Crayex Corporation was founded in 1972 by Clifford
in Piqua, the company produces a number of automotive trunk tire
Alexander as a custom manufacturer of polyethylene shrink,
covers and cargo load floors. It also has seen significant growth of
non-shrink and specialty films and bags. Continued success in
its in-transit protection, door watershield and acoustic die cut
meeting the needs of customers has resulted in numerous plant
business for both automobiles and light trucks.
expansions at the Piqua, Ohio facility as well as the addition of
www.industryproductsco.com
the McDonough, Georgia plant in 1980.
companies want from communities
facilities relying heavily on the U.S. automo-
One company is Jackson Tube Service.
It was founded over four decades ago
by the Jackson family, who still own and
operate the company today. Established
on the principles of superior customer
service, exceptional product quality along
with proud corporate citizenship, the
company continues to be an integral part
of the Piqua community.
WBENC certified) that was founded in 1966 in Piqua, Ohio as a die
the best shrink tubing and sheeting in the market today. While bet-
covers, liner bags, top sheets or wide width sheeting.
• Sharing what manufacturing and supplier
domestic and international automakers, with
The automotive industry has always
played an important role in Ohio’s—and
our local—economy. Today, the industry
is witnessing a renaissance thanks in part
to new investments from Honda, Ford and
Jeep, which are helping our own local
automotive-related companies regain their
footing after the economic downturn.
The City of Piqua and Grow Piqua Now were founding members of the West Central
Ohio Development Coalition (WCODC) in 2005. The organization started as a loose-knit
association of several communities in the northern Dayton Region who collaborated on
business attraction efforts. Today, WCODC is an alliance of seven counties and 15
economic development organizations that actively work to recruit new investment to this
region. These initiatives include a robust consultant engagement program and participation
in key tradeshows and market missions, which are conducted in close cooperation with the
Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) and the State of Ohio. Funding is provided through
the generous support of the DDC and JobsOhio West, helping leverage the activities and
funding of the participating economic development organizations.
Grow Piqua Now is a long-standing investor in the
Dayton Development Coalition (DDC). Now that
the DDC is part of the JobsOhio Network, both
GPN and the West Central Ohio Development
Coalition are playing increasingly important roles
in carrying out the northern Dayton Region’s
business attraction and retention work.
www.crayex.com
SMALLBUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
The strength of our business community
$3,000 grant from the City’s Job Creation
relies on the successes and growth of our
Rapid Outreach Grant.
large and small companies. The City of
Piqua is fortunate to have an extensive
network of small business assistance,
which includes the Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) at Edison
Community College, Mainstreet Piqua
and the Piqua Area Chamber of
Commerce. Last year, small businesses
contributed new investments and
employees—from manufacturing to retail—
P&R Specialty, Inc.
“This project will allow P&R
Greg Blankenship
President/Owner
Alissa Blankenship
VP/Owner
and helped buoy the local economy, thanks
INDUSTRIAL SPRING COMPANY
in part to creative partnerships and assis-
“Industrial Door Company is pleased to have
Specialty to help meet the
found such a great facility to meet our needs.
growing demand for our
Located directly off Interstate 75, the new loca-
products, particularly for
tion for our Industrial Spring Company division
large nailed wood reel
better positions us with closer proximity to key
packaging for power
suppliers and customers. We look forward to
transmission cables,
telecommunications wires,
industrial wire rope and chain. We are pleased to see our company
Jodi Boldenow
President/CEO
being part of the Piqua community for many
years to come.”
JODI BOLDENOW
tance from the city.
On the manufacturing front, the city welcomed the expansion of D&D Brightworks
at its new location on Commerce Drive. As
part of its relocation to Piqua, the company
added several employees and made investments in new equipment and computers as
the company expanded from supplying one
New restaurants were also an important
part of the economic recovery in 2012.
Buffalo Wings & Rings began work on its
newest location at the Miami Valley Centre
Mall. The new outlet brings the company’s
newest store design to Piqua complete
with dozens of televisions, a family-friendly
dining area and outdoor patio. The project
received assistance from the City of Piqua
through the Community Reinvestment Area
(CRA) program.
Another high-visibility project was the
opening of Mulligan’s Pub at the Fort Piqua
Plaza in historic Downtown Piqua. The new
restaurant offers a pub-like atmosphere
in the beautifully-restored space that was
part of the $22 million Fort Piqua Plaza
restoration project completed in 2008.
The city was able to assist the project by
partnering on several tenant improvements
French employees receive the Presidential “E”
Star Award from U.S. Commerce Secretary
John Bryson (center).
FRENCH OIL MILL MACHINERY COMPANY
In 2012, the French Oil Mill Machinery
Company was awarded the Presidential “E”
Star Award for Exports at a White House
ceremony in Washington, DC. This award
is the highest recognition any U.S. entity
may receive for making contribution to the
expansion of U.S. exports.
Companies are nominated through the
U.S. Commercial Service office network,
which helps U.S. companies grow their
Industrial Spring Company, a subsidiary of Industrial Door
restoration shop to supplying many of the
Company, Inc. announced plans in late 2012 to invest nearly
In late 2012, the company began work on a 14,000 square foot
premier restoration shops and car owners
$900,000 in a 46,000 sq. ft. facility and hire up to 26 employees
building addition to accommodate the nailed wood reels product
around the world with restored brightwork.
within three years. The new spring manufacturing plant will enable
line. This will increase the company’s total manufacturing space
It was assisted in this expansion with a
the company to serve its existing customers in the region as well
to 114,000 square feet. P&R Specialty, Inc. currently employs 60
significant contribution to U.S. export
as provide it with room for future expansion.
expansion that is measurable, innovative,
Founded in Minneapolis in 1974 by Gerald Sizer, Industrial Door
sustainable, and has broad impact.
P&R Specialty’s current products include: injection molded plastic
Company, Inc. has grown to set the standard for quality garage
spools for welding consumables, electrical wire, magnet wire and
“Exporting continues to be a critical
door installation and service in the Upper Midwest.
element of our sales growth, and we are
In 1998, Industrial Door Company, Inc. successfully became
honored to receive the “E” Star Award,”
continue to grow, especially here in Piqua.” GREG BLANKENSHIP
team members.
fuel line hoses; fiberboard spools for welding consumables; and
plywood reels for copper and aluminum conductor, insulated wire,
wire rope and hoses.
P&R Specialty, Inc. was founded in 1982 and today is a leading
supplier of spools and reels in the markets it serves across the
United States, Canada and Mexico.
and with a $2,000 Job Creation Rapid
Outreach Grant to help with the addition of
a new bar in the main dining area.
exports. The primary criterion for the “E”
Star Award is three years of successive
export growth. “E” Awards are awarded
to applicants that can demonstrate a
said Daniel P. French, French’s Chairman
a second-generation family owned company with Jodi Sizer
and CEO. “Our company first began
Boldenow serving as President and CEO and Jeremy Sizer
exporting equipment in 1905 to Canada
serving as Vice President and COO.
and Europe and soon after to China. Over
www.industrialspring.com
our company’s 112-year history we have
exported equipment to every continent
www.prspecialty.com
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
Pictured above are representatives from Mulligan’s Pub, the City of Piqua and the Piqua Area
Chamber of Commerce at the ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this year.
our Piqua headquarters and
manufacturing facility.”
PIQUA
326 N. Main Street
•
P.O. Box 1142
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Piqua, OH 45356
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1.800.251.1742
growpiquanow.org
Grow your business …Grow your life.
Photos Courtesy of TNT Studios, Jack Holtel and Mike Ullery.
Grow Piqua Now would like to recognize the following individuals for their contributions to this
report: Alissa Blankenship, Greg Blankenship, Jodi Boldenow, Mike Caughell, Linda Cleveland, Mimi
Crawford, Patty Mattis, Kathy Sherman, Debbie Stein and Lorna Swisher.
Advisory Council
Bruns General Contracting
Buckeye Insurance Group
Fifth Third Bank
French Oil Mill Machinery Co.
Hartzell Industries
Hartzell Propeller
Mainsource Bank
Piqua Concrete Co.
Polysource, Inc.
Unity National Bank
Upper Valley Medical Center
U.S. Bank
General Members
A Learning Place
Apex Aluminum Die Casting Co., Inc.
Atlantis Sportswear, Inc.
Council on Rural Services
Ferguson Construction Co.
Fry Leasing
Galbreath Realty
Hemm’s Glass Shops, Inc.
Industrial Property Brokers
Koverman Bayman Dickerson
Insurance
McColloch-Baker Insurance Service
McCulloch, Felger Fite,
Gutmann Co., LPA
McVety Realty
Industrial Council
Crane Pumps & Services
Crayex Corporation
Harmony Systems & Services
Industry Products Company
Isaiah Industries
Jackson Tube Service
Miami Valley Steel Service
Pioneer Electric
Wenco
Advisory Council
Educational
Edison Community College
Piqua City Schools
Upper Valley Career Center
We would like to thank the following companies, institutions and individuals for their
support of our economic development program. Additionally, Grow Piqua Now would like
to acknowledge the City of Piqua, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Mainstreet
Piqua for their on-going in-kind support of these efforts.
Miami Valley Centre Mall
Midwest Maintenance, Inc.
Murray, Wells, Wendeln,
Robinson CPAs, Inc.
Mutual Federal Bank
Nitto Denko
P&R Specialty, Inc.
PSC Crane & Rigging, Inc.
Quint Creative Group
RDC Energy Solutions
Scott M&A Corp.
Sherry Development
TK Holding
Urban Elsass & Sons, Inc.
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In 2004, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, the Piqua
Improvement Corporation, and the City of Piqua discussed the
need to have the private and public sectors of the community
work together in a collaborative process to enhance economic
development in Piqua, Ohio. This culminated in the creation of
Grow Piqua Now in 2006. The organization is funded through
the generous support of the area’s leading businesses, educational institutions and other civic-minded organizations and
individuals. Our work is accomplished through five (5) standing
committees: Long-Range Planning, Membership & Fundraising,
Retention & Expansion, Marketing and Workforce Development.
Michael A. Cox
CEO
Polysource Inc.
Lorna T. Swisher
Executive Director
Mainstreet Piqua Inc.
Kathy M. Sherman
President
Piqua Area Chamber
of Commerce
Jeanie JordanBates
Owner
McVety Realty
Gary A. Huff
City Manager
City of Piqua
James R. Hartzell
Chairman of the Board
Hartzell Industries
Daniel P. French
Chairman & CEO
French Oil Mill
Machinery Co.
Wayde E. Davis
Agent
Koverman Bayman
Dickerson Insurance
Michael J. Caughell
Executive VP & GM
Bruns General
Contracting, Inc.
Thomas B. Atkinson
Vice President
US Bank
PURPOSE
Grow Piqua Now exists to strengthen the community’s business
environment by coordinating an array of resources with an
effective regionally-integrated economic development program.
MISSION
The organization is charged with progressively promoting
economic development in Piqua, Ohio. The private-public
partnership enables us to work cooperatively with our local,
regional and statewide partners to provide opportunities to
Piqua’s businesses and residents.
Specifically, Grow Piqua Now seeks to:
• Market & attract new businesses
• Retain & expand our existing businesses
• Grow & nurture our small businesses & entrepreneurs
Cynthia A.
Holtzapple
Assistant City Manager
City of Piqua
• Advocate & promote on behalf of our local
business community
AREAS OF FOCUS
As an integral part of the Dayton Region, our areas of focus build
on the regional strengths in several key industries:
Nancy D. Luce, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Upper Valley Career Center
• Aerospace & Aviation
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Automotive
• Information Technology
• Human Sciences & Healthcare
• Logistics & Distribution
PROGRAM OF WORK
Through cooperation with JobsOhio, the Dayton Development
Coalition, the West Central Ohio Development Council and
our local and regional partners, Grow Piqua Now aggressively
markets our region to companies in our key industries through
strategic partnerships with consultants in North America
and Western Europe. Additionally, we engage leading site
selection consultants and corporate real estate professionals
at key industry conferences and forums across the U.S. Finally,
we participate with our community partners in Piqua and across
the Dayton Region in a coordinated business visitation program
called Business First! to understand and address the challenges
and opportunities faced by our local businesses.
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David S. Richard
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Harmony Systems &
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Julia A. Terry
Commissioner
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