Middletown, Ohio, Recognizes Its World-Class Manufacturers During Manufacturing Month

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26 Oct 2022


Middletown, Ohio, adjoining the Great Miami River, has a rich history of manufacturing that has expanded and diversified into global markets using cutting-edge technologies.The manufacturing sector employs 17.5 percent of Middletown's total workforce, providing area residents with sustainable, livable wages to support their families. Careers are available working directly with product production or working behind the scenes in sales, customer service, supply chain management, accounting, human resources, and information technology. Manufacturing Month is the ideal time to recognize one of Middletown’s most vital industries and the workforce that supports it.

Tobacco, paper, and steel production put Middletown on the map as a manufacturing leader. Middletown’s ARMCO Corporation was a major steel works founded in 1900. It’s now Cleveland-Cliffs, the largest flat‑rolled steel company and the largest steel supplier in North America. Cleveland-Cliffs’ 2021 revenue of $20.4 billion earned them the ranking of 171 on the Fortune 500 list for 2022.

Phoenix Metals creates a bridge between primary metal producers and consumers, enabling them to custom-fit orders. They are a one-stop depot for metal service needs such as plate cutting, sheet cutting, precision blanking, slitting, shearing, plasma burning, and polishing. In 2021, they moved forward with the expansion of their operations in the City of Middletown by beginning construction of a 156,000-square-foot facility in Middletown's MADE Industrial Park.

Phoenix Metals plans to invest a total of $15 million in the expansion project: $12 million for new construction and $3 million for equipment and soft costs. Once construction of their new facility is complete, they will add 20 employment positions over the course of three years. For the 20 new positions, payroll will increase by $600,000 from $3.9 million to $4.5 million.

Philips Tube Group is the quality leader in the steel tube industry and is recognized as a reliable partner in several sectors, including automotive, HVAC, appliance, RV, and construction. Family-owned and operated since 1967, the company received its Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certification in 2010 to showcase its status as a woman-owned business following Angela Phillip’s father's passing. Their world-class employees produced over 250 million feet of tube in 2020, enough to circle the globe nearly two times.

Founded in 2001, LubriSource, another woman-owned company, has a proven track record in automated lubrication equipment, components, systems design, installation, and repair. Industrial machinery lubrication is their complete focus. LubriSource moved to Middletown in February 2021 because of its strategic location between Cincinnati and Dayton and its solid economic development initiatives. The company is also WBENC-certified.

Middletown is Right for Your Manufacturing Business

To learn more about manufacturing opportunities in our area, contact Middletown Economic Development at 513-425-7941or business@cityofmiddletown.org. Find out more about Middletown’s plans for the future and how you can become a part of them.

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