By Lance Mihm email@example.com
February 23, 2014
MINSTER — Nidec Minster Corporation, formerly Minster Machine, has seen business trend up over the last year and expects much of the same thing through 2014.
Nidec is a publicly traded company on the Dow Jones and Nikkei indexes. New machining facilities are currently being added and will be up and running in a couple of months.
Nidec plans to begin demonstrating its Servo press in march this year. While presses generally tend to be mechanical, the Servo press runs off electricity and is more diverse and precise than the standard press.
“It is a big deal for us,” said Dave Stillwell, of Nidec. “We will be demonstrating it to our customers.”
Stillwell said the company has been able to expand globally since Nidec bought the company. As a result, the Minster plant is exporting more goods to other countries and is hiring.
“We have been hiring, and we will continue to hire,” Stillwell said.
There are more than 500 people working at the Minster facility.
Stillwell said Nidec offers great career opportunities, especially for people with skilled labor and welding skills.
OTTOVILLE — Progressive Stamping Inc. operates two local facilities, in Columbus Grove and Ottoville.
The 350,000 square-foot facility in Ottoville opened for business in 1999 and operates 18 presses, with capabilities of up to a 2,000-ton transfer press. The plant has a complete tool room and “Capability Maturity Model” capabilities.
Primary operations include die stamping, deep draw, automated assembly, robotic ARC welding, spot welding, hydroforming and a E-Coat/powder coat line.
Secondary operations include drilling, tapping, grinding, machining, deburring, riveting and staking.
The company has been awarded as a World Class Supplier and Zero Defect Provider by Ford, among many other awards.
The Columbus Grove facility operates in 225,000 square feet of space and opened for business in 2005.
Services include die stamping, deep draw, automated assembly and robotic spot welding, with secondary operations of drilling, tapping, grinding, machining, deburring, riveting and staking.
Pro-Tec Coating Company
LEIPSIC — Anticipating the demands of the 2025 CAFE standards, U. S. Steel and Kobe Steel recognized automakers invested more than $400 million in Pro-Tec’s Continuous Annealing Line launched in Leipsic in 2013. Pro-Tec Coating Company was established as a joint venture in 1990 by the two companies.
The plant is located on a 1,200-acre site near Leipsic, an area specifically selected for its proximity to automotive customers and steel-making facilities, all linked by efficient access to truck and rail transportation.
The parent companies designed the original production facility featuring a 600,000-ton-per-year capacity, state-of-the-art, hot-dip continuous galvanizing/galvannealing line. The line debuted as one of the largest, most advanced in the world when it began operation in 1993.
Increased demand for high-quality galvanized steel spurred a second galvanizing line that began operating in 1998. The two virtually identical lines brought the plant’s total production capability to more than 1.1 million tons annually.
LIMA — Randall Bearings, Inc. in Lima, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, promotes itself as the premier bronze machining facility in the industry.
Randall specializes in custom bronze machined parts and offers a full standard line of cast bronze bushings, pillow blocks, continuous cast solid and tubular bronze bars.
Randall is a global supplier of machined bronze components to the oil and gas, construction and mining, fluid control, agricultural, transportation and construction industries.
Along with the corporate headquarters and a machining facility in Lima, there is also a newly expanded facility in Coldwater.
ADA — NASG Ohio, L.L.C.’s Ada facility is expecting to put an exclamation point on recovering from the recession with an increase in business in 2014.
While the company did not see any growth in 2013, it projects an increase in sales of 5 percent in 2014.
“We are quoting prices to several new customers that we have not done business with before,” said operation manager Gary Wicker. “We had no improvements in 2013, but it is looking promising for this year.”
NASG produces parts for the automotive, trucking, appliance and military industries. The company moved from Lima to Ada in 1992 as Ada Stamping and was sold to Universal Engineering in 1996. In 2002 it sold to NASG; Ada and other Ohio facilities are one of eight divisions across North America.
“Our main focus is customer satisfaction, quality, on-time delivery and cost,” Wicker said.
In addition to metal stampings, NASG offers secondary operations in resistance welding, mig welding, tapping, deburring, washing, riveting and assembly. All operations are TS16949 registered.
The Ada facility specializes in heavy-duty brake components for the truck, bus and trailer markets.