FedEx submitted plans to construct a $50 million, 530,000 SF distribution facility in Jerome Township.
Kearny, NJ — The G&S Family of Companies announced plans to build an operating plant in Central Ohio to provide transformer recycling and repair services throughout the greater Midwest. The new operations will be jointly managed by TCI of Alabama and Northeast Transformer Services (NETS), two long established operations within the G&S group. Plans for TCI of Ohio, which began in December 2016, are being finalized through Columbus 2020, Inc., the economic development group headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.
George Newmark, Vice President of G&S Technologies, said, “as demand for our expert services grows throughout the country, we feel it is important to have strong day-to-day operations in the Midwest. TCI of Alabama and NETS have a long history of providing the very best in transportation, recycling, disposal, and repair services to industries and utilities looking to handle their transformers and other oil-filled electrical equipment. Everyone in the G&S Family of Companies is excited about bringing this plant on line and welcoming the latest member to our group.”
Frank Jackson, a veteran project manager at TCI of Alabama, has been named President of the new Ohio operations. Jackson, who with G&S Vice President Jeffrey Lefkovits has been leading negotiations on the purchase agreement, said, “We expect to handle up to 2,000 tons of transformers and related oil-filled electrical equipment, and approximately one million gallons of oil per year.” TCI Ohio plans on hiring approximately 35 new employees within 1 year of completing construction.
“Kenny McDonald, President and CEO of regional economic development organization Columbus 2020 said, “We are excited for TCI of Ohio to finalize its plans for a first-class operations facility in Ohio. Bringing a strong national company to the Columbus Region that is committed to environmental excellence and to serving customers throughout the Midwest is testament to our region as a business location.”
As with other G&S Family Companies, TCI of Ohio will offer laboring, administrative, and management jobs with excellent pay, full benefits, and the opportunity for professional growth and advancement.
TCI of Ohio brings the number of operating sites in the G&S Family of Companies to eight, including TCI of Alabama; TCI of New York; NETS (New York); Transformer Technologies (Oregon); G&S Technologies, New Jersey; G&S Technologies, Virginia; and the oil refinery Hydrodec.
TCI of Alabama is an industry leader in recycling metals from used and obsolete oil-filled electrical equipment. Its facility is permitted to accept equipment with any PCB level. In addition to providing state-of-the-art safe disposal of EPA-regulated items, TCI of Alabama also purchases electrical equipment that is non-regulated (less than 50 ppm) regardless of size.
Northeast Transfomer Services (NETS) is a full-service transformer repair and rebuilding contractor located in Preble, NY. The company offers distribution transformer repair and testing for pole mounted and pad mounted units, single or three phase, between 1/kVA and 2,500/kVA. NETS also offers reconditioning of regulators and network transformers.
George Jackson, President of TCI of Alabama, and Gilbert Kozer, President of NETS, said, “Our companies work closely together to provide a full range of services to our utility and industry customers. From large transformers to PILC cable and everything in between, regulated and non-regulated, we handle it with best-in-class service, with safety, environmental stewardship and customer service as our highest values. We’ve been providing these services to customers in the Midwest for many years, but from a distance. Now we will have an official Midwest headquarters and state of the art facility.”
Honda recently invested $53 million for the construction of two buildings on its Central Ohio campus that house information technology operations and market quality operations for Honda in North America.
The 38,000-square foot Ohio Data Center joins a similar facility near Denver, Colorado, in housing key information technologies for Honda, increasing secure data storage capabilities in North America. The 98,000-square foot North American Quality Center building consolidates operations for several Honda organizations under one roof. It is home to Honda associates focused on product quality in the marketplace, increasing the company’s capability to study and respond to customer feedback more quickly and efficiently.
“Creating a more efficient and effective way for our associates to respond to our customers is the primary goal of our new regional market quality facility,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc. “The global reliance on data from North America has grown year by year and our new data center will help us manage this responsibility.”
The two new facilities are located in Raymond, Ohio and opened in Spring 2017. Honda worked with local and state government entities on the expansion project, including Union County, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, the Ohio Development Services Agency and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
MAI Manufacturing (MAI) recently completed its relocation/expansion to Marysville. Earlier this spring, MAI moved to a larger facility located at 20078 OH-4 in Marysville. Established in 1994, MAI is a privately owned company which supplies thermal and acoustical abatement products to OEMs. Its products can be found in engine covers, generator enclosures, underbody shields, and HVAC unit insulation. MAI accredits its success to the company’s adherence to strict principles of meeting customer requirements. These principles include strong relationships built on mutual understanding, collaborative design through manufacturing processes; and operating in accordance with TS-16949 certification. This has allowed MAI to establish and maintain long-standing relationships with both supply and customer bases, which generates the stability necessary to positively impact the lives of associates and those in the community.
Company representative from Richwood Bank joined community leaders on October 4, 2016 for the groundbreaking of the new Marysville branch facility. The facility is anticipated to open in Fall 2017. Click here to read more.
Many reports, including our regional case study, have documented the difficulties of manufacturers in recruiting new workers, particularly those with advanced technical skills. Unfortunately, this condition is likely to get worse as fewer high school students are pursuing academic studies that will prepare them for careers in manufacturing. This trajectory must be changed!
The Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab Program (MMTL) was developed by a coalition of private industries, career/technical centers, colleges, and economic development officials with two primary objectives: promote technical positions to local K-12 students in an effort to encourage future careers in the manufacturing sector, and provide opportunities for local employers to provide personalized training for incumbent workers at their work sites without disrupting production lines and threatening productivity.
Why the Need?
- It is estimated that over 50% of Ohio’s manufacturing workforce will retire by 2025.
- Companies throughout Ohio are already struggling to secure sufficiently trained employees, which has resulted in millions of dollars of lost productivity.
- Without a solid pipeline of residents entering the manufacturing workforce, Ohio’s economy faces a dismal future.
- The Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab Program serves eight counties in Ohio: Champaign, Franklin, Hardin, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, and Union.
- Employers throughout the eight counties will have access to the lab to provide on-site incumbent worker training.
- The lab will also visit schools to promote careers in manufacturing and help equip students with the skills needed by today’s manufacturers.
During 2015 and 2016, the private sector committed over $436,000 and the public sector $403,000 to purchase the mobile lab and launch the program (estimated launch is 4Q 2016). However, the estimated annual cost to maintain and operate the lab is $150,000. Financial support from the private sector is critical to ensuring that the program will continue to serve the needs of employers and employees throughout West-Central Ohio.
Additional inquiries can be directed to:
Eric Phillips, Executive Director
Marysville-Union County Port Authority