If you drive a stick-shift Jeep Wrangler, the device you use to change gears is made at a factory in Logan.
That is one of hundreds of parts made by Amanda Manufacturing, an auto-parts supplier whose sales are soaring along with U.S. demand for trucks.
Many of the parts are rods or tubes that are cut and formed for use all over cars and trucks, including a truck’s rear hitch and the metal loop that acts as a catch for a door latch.
“We take on the tough stuff,” said Mike Hood, the vice president for manufacturing, on a recent tour.
His statement has a double meaning, referring both to the strength of the parts and to the difficulty of the engineering that often goes into their design.
The company has about 250 employees and is hiring. Employees in the factory, members of the United Auto Workers union, receive base pay plus bonuses that are…
The Morgan County Improvement Corporation (MCIC) along with Jobs Ohio, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG), Morgan County Herald newspaper, and the Morgan County Commissioners’ and Business Development Office were invited on a tour of the Miba Sinter and MetalAxis facility, in McConnelsville, on Friday, Feb. 26.
“Miba Sinter and MetalAxis, today, employees 220 white and blue collar employees,” said Miba Sinter Site Manager Steve Krise. “When I came to Morgan County, Ohio, from PA, in 2009, Miba had three employees, including myself. In 2010, Miba Sinter employed 35 people. In the next two to three years, Miba Sinter, in McConnelsville, will hire even more people from the area and could employ a total of 350 individuals by the time the plant is full.”
The steady growth of Miba Sinter is impressive for the Morgan County area and its employee base.
The Morgan County Improvement Corporation actually owns the Miba Campus and has…