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…