The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 11:50 am

2 local manufacturers adding 50 jobs in next 2 years

Sherry Slater The Journal Gazette

More than 50 new jobs are expected to be signed, sealed and delivered by two local manufacturers within the next two years, state officials announced Wednesday.

Ward Corp., an aluminum castings maker, and American Sealants Inc., a sealants and adhesives maker, will invest almost $10  million combined to expand their existing operations.

Ward, which employs 215, has already begun hiring for the 42 production jobs it expects to create. Wages for the first 10 production workers, who will be hired this year, will average $30,000 a year, according to a filing with city officials. Information was not available for the remaining positions.

The company is spending $6.2 million to add 15,000 square feet to its local foundry operation, which occupies three buildings on two acres at 642 Growth Ave. The expansion will allow it to supply parts to Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins, which makes diesel engines.

Ward, founded 50 years ago, reported $28.8 million in sales last year. 

American Sealants is also growing.

The company is investing $3.53 million to build and equip a 60,000-square-foot facility with mixers and packaging equipment. 

American Sealants’ products include the sealants that recreational vehicle manufacturers use when installing windows and that home builders use when installing kitchen countertops, company spokesman Andrew Zaremba said. 

"We’re retail – we’re in the large box stores, but it’s under another brand name," he said. "A lot of people have used our products, but they don’t know it."

The company, which had sales last year of $7.9 million, also does contract packaging, which includes mixing the ingredients requested by customers and placing them in tubes or pouches that are then packaged with major appliance repair kits for some major manufacturers, including General Electric and Whirlpool. 

"Our sales guys have plenty of people to call on," Zaremba said. "It’s never an issue."

American Sealants, 3806 Option Pass, plans to start hiring next month for up to 10 new jobs.

Job openings include maintenance, machine operators and general production. Production pay starts at $9.50 an hour. Machine operators and applicants with experience earn more, Zaremba said.  

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