Founded in1890 as The Hocking Manufacturing Company, Logan Clay manufactures sewer pipe, flue lining, decorative chimney tops and wall coping using a special blend of locally mined clay.
Using a high-pressure extrusion process, they produce piping from 4- to 24-inches in diameter which is then fired to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The ring process, called vitrification, bonds the molecules in the clay making it strong and impervious to almost all chemicals.
“Our pipe is the world’s longest-lasting product for sanitary sewer systems,” said Dick Brandt, chairman and president, “and we believe our modern manufacturing processes produce the highest quality pipe in the nation.”
Although clay pipe has been used for 5,000 years, the Logan plant has regularly upgraded their equipment for production and energy efficiency including computer controls on their tunnel kilns.
Brandt attributes the company’s…
WHEELERSBURG, Ohio — Economic development officials in Lawrence and Scioto counties are working together to develop a 177-acre industrial park to bring jobs to both counties.
“We see that whole area as benefiting both counties with jobs,” said Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation which is developing The Point, a 500-acre industrial park in South Point that has between 500 and 600 jobs.
“We already have Dow Chemical in Lawrence County and Sun Coke in Scioto County,” Dingus said. “These plants provide jobs to both counties so everybody wins.”
The plan is for the Development Corporation and the Southern Ohio Port Authority in Scioto County to work together to jointly borrow more than $2 million and go after grants to bring water, sewer, electric, drainage, roads and parking to the site, said Jason D. Kester, director of the port authority.
“The site already has a 50,000-square-foot building…
LOGAN, Ohio — In a factory outbuilding at Logan Clay Products Co., two workers try to answer a question with a mechanical press: How tough is this clay pipe?
The machine makes contact with the brick-red drainage pipe and bears down. Its feat of strength is almost silent, with nearly all the action appearing on a digital screen that shows the amount of pressure: 10,000 pounds, 20,000 pounds, 30,000 pounds.
With that, the press stops and slowly pulls back. The pipe has more than passed its test, part of a routine spot check.
Logan Clay has been around for more than a century and sells something that has been around even longer.
“There is clay pipe in the United States in the ground that’s been functioning for 200 years,” said Dick Brandt, the company’s owner and the third generation of his family to run the business.
Strength and longevity…
This Sunday as people busy themselves in kitchens in town and across the country preparing for the Super Bowl with wings, dips, chips, sliders and sides, they may not realize that one of the most popular Super Bowl dishes they are preparing is made in Ohio.
Except for a few boutique brands, the vast majority of pizza rolls consumed in the United States are produced about 100 miles from Dayton in the Bellisio Foods Inc. factory located in Jackson, Ohio, and General Mills factory in Wellston.
In fact, according to Mike Evans, vice president of supply chain at Bellisio’s, if one lined up all of the pizza rolls produced in one year at Bellisio’s from end to end beginning in Jackson County, that line would extend to San Francisco where the Super Bowl is being played and back 44 times.
Although Evans does not know how many are consumed during Super Bowl weekend,…
Kristi Tanner likes to share Ohio’s story of financial stability and manufacturing heritage when describing the merits of attracting business in Ohio, particularly when she’s talking to global companies.
“International companies are looking for a location that can reduce their risk and maximize profitability,” says Tanner, JobsOhio senior managing director for automotive. “That describes Ohio. It also helps that you can reach 70 percent of the U.S. and Canadian automotive assembly facilities in a single-day truck drive.”
“We assisted Fuyao with not only site selection and incentives, but more importantly we worked with them as a partner to understand their business needs and present potential Ohio solutions and opportunities that would reduce their risk and accelerate their market entry.” Kristi Tanner, senior managing director for automotive, JobsOhio
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit corporation that drives job creation and economic investment in Ohio through business attraction…