GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- A local manufacturing business is looking to lead the way in economic growth in the valley.
BOC Water Hydraulics Inc., 12024 Salem Warren Road, hosted a ribboncutting ceremony for its new $3 million office and manufacturing facility expansion Friday morning, displaying its growth to several hundred invited guests including local, state and federal officials, customers, industry colleagues and local vocational students.
"This is a rally cry for the (Mahoning) Valley to take advantage of our unique opportunity (of having young skilled workers)," said BOC Owner Todd Olson. "I believe this country can kick some butt [in the manufacturing industry]...and this company is living proof of that."
Daryl Fink, left, a machinist at BOC , explains his job to Don Kuner of Salem. BOC hosted a ribboncutting ceremony for its new $3 million expansion at its Salem-Warren Road facility in Goshen Township Friday morning. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)
The expansion features a new 15,000-square-foot office and new 16,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, bringing it up to 50,000 square feet for manufacturing as well as a repair and distribution facility in Chicago.
"Part of our goal is to raise awareness that manufacturing is not dead," said BOC's John Burr. "(Small businesses) are what is rebuilding the country's manufacturing muscle."
According to Jessica Borza of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition, the Mahoning Valley region is leading the nation in manufacturing growth and forecasting continued growth in the coming years with an evolving industry that is becoming more technological, more skilled.
"[BOC] is an example of what we're seeing across the area...a manufacturing renaissance," she said.
Olson deferred recognition to his employees, though, crediting them for making the company what it is today.
"Yes, we have the products; yes, we have the facilities, but all of that would be moot without the workers," he said. "They are the heart and soul, the passion, the drive. It's so rewarding for me to see them use their god-given talents...that's why we are successful."
During the ceremony, Salem Mayor John Berlin read a proclamation declaring Sept. 28, 2012, as BOC Water Hydraulics Day, noting that the Olsons and their company epitomize the "American Way"- building something and then making it grow.
The ceremony also featured a proclamation from the Gov. John Kasich congratulating BOC on its expansion and commending it for growing and retaining employment in Ohio; a letter from the U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson commending BOC on its expansion and serving as an example of putting Americans back to work; and a proclamation from Ohio Speaker of the House William Batchelder presented by state Rep. Craig Newbold commending BOC workers for their commitment. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, state Rep. Ron Gerberry and a representative for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown also congratulated the company.
Founded in 1993 as a storefront in Washingtonville, BOC Water Hydraulics moved to the Deming Pump Building Incubator in Salem in 1995 then to office space on Second Street in Salem in 1998. The company moved to its current location in 2001 and added a 4,200 square-foot assembly bay in 2004. There was also an office addition in 2006 and major shop expansion for machining in 2007. All the while the company continued to expand its products and services. Currently products range from cartridge type valves to highly durable steel-on-steel cylinders. Services range from component supply to complete applications design and build.
The new facility will open on Tuesday.
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