SIDNEY – In a custom that began several years ago, Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst hand-delivered proclamations to officials at several local manufacturing companies on Friday to mark National Manufacturing Day. National Manufacturing Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October since it was first celebrated in 2012.
This year Barhorst visited SELMCO Metal Fabricators, Emerson, SMT Industries and Valence Industrial. While he typically chose businesses he hasn’t visited before on National Manufacturing Day, he made a trip back to Emerson to celebrate the centenary of Copeland brand products.
“Sidney has more manufacturing jobs per capita than any other municipality in Ohio,” Barhorst said in proclamations he gave at each stop. “In fact, every day Sidney receives a net influx of over 5,000 people who come to Sidney for work – it is almost as if the entire population of the Monroe and Ashtabula county seats are settling in. every day in Sidney to work, then returned home after they finished their day’s work.
“Many residents don’t realize it, but Shelby County is home to Emerson and Honda, two of the three largest manufacturing employers in the Dayton area,” Barhorst said. “Manufacturing has a greater multiplier effect than any other major economic activity. Every $ 1 spent on manufacturing generates an additional $ 2.79 in economic activity in the community.
“Perhaps more importantly, a vibrant manufacturing base leads not only to more research, development and innovation, but also to greater productivity, exports and jobs for the middle class,” said Barhorst . Manufacturing helps raise living standards more than any other sector of the economy, and we’ve certainly seen it here in Shelby County.
“I usually let the people I visit set the tone for the visit,” said Barhorst, “so each visit is a little different. “While the president of SMT Industries, Ron Duval, and the director of industrial operations of Valencia, Chuck Warner, gave a tour of their facilities, I met privately Lynette Ross, director of operations of SELMCO. At Emerson, Vice President of Human Resources Ann Runner met me with a delegation of company representatives and we posed for photos after reading the proclamation.
“Last year I visited Sidney Manufacturing, Derby Packaging, iVEX Packaging and Monarch Lathes,” said Barhorst. “Ultimately, I hope to visit all of the manufacturers in Sidney.
Barhorst has flown solo again this year. In recent years, he was usually accompanied by a delegation that included the city manager, the executive director of the Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership and the chairman of the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Last year, because of the pandemic, he made the trip on his own as he did again this year.
“I hope we can start traveling with a delegation again next year,” said Barhorst. “Due to the low vaccination rate in Shelby County (33.49%) and the increasing odds of dying from COVID (now 1 in 458), some employers were reluctant to schedule visits this year.
“One of the things I learned from my visits to Ohio County mayors earlier this year is how lucky we are locally,” said Barhorst. “We have nationally known businesses that other communities would love to have.
“Sidney is home to the largest manufacturer of air conditioning compressors, the largest soybean processing plant on this side of the Mississippi River and America’s number one refrigerated pizza maker. Manufacturing is in our DNA and looking back through history, it’s almost from the start. We make things in Sidney and are proud of this long tradition, ”said Barhorst.
National Manufacturing Day provides the country with an opportunity to celebrate those who make the products made in America. Americans continue to develop products and unlock new technologies that grow our economy. It is promoted by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International.
Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst and SMT President Ron Duval examine a hydraulic line next to a machine that SMT Industrial has just completed for one of their customers that makes hydraulic lines for vehicles.