Manufacturing: Powers Our Everyday Lives (part 1)
Old and new, originally established and deliberately relocated here. Ohio, the northeast region specifically, is home to a variety of businesses that make products critical to and/or make convenient our everyday lives.
You ask, "Like what? Exactly what NEO-manufactured products improve my day-to-day?" Well, here you go, the first list in a series of three featuring regional businesses and products you may be surprised to learn are from the Heart of It All. From touchless bathroom experiences and creative kids playgrounds, we start with products familiar to homes and businesses.
Brillo Betcha didn't know these household mainstays were manufactured in the Buckeye State. Yep, in the early 1900s, a cookware peddler and jeweler joined forces to create this aluminum cleaning device. A few years later, they added soap and the brand moved to London, Ohio, which is where it has since resided.
Haltec & Wilson Sporting Goods Co. We assume you eat fruit and some grains
and like football. If at least the food-related portion of that is correct, you can thank Haltec, located in Leetonia, Ohio, for their large tire inflation valves that keep agricultural vehicles (along with mining and military ones) on four, fully loaded wheels to take care of the fields. If the second half is also true, Haltec has an agreement with Wilson Sporting Goods Co. to provide air inflation systems for their football manufacturing operations, located in Ada. That agreement led to Haltec also keeping the pigskins pumped up all game long. Take that, Brady.
Vitamix In 1949, Vitamix founder William G. “Papa” Barnard created the first infomercial in the U.S. to demonstrate how the Vitamix blender can help families eat healthier with whole foods. After 100 years, four generations and sales in 130 countries, the Vitamix family business is thriving in Solon.
Timeless Razors Plastic injection molded parts. CNC. Metals. With words like this peppering the brand’s website, you’d think Timeless Razors were crafted by machinists. Well, you’d be right. The high-quality double-edge razor, founded by an entire family of machinists, are manufactured in North Royalton.
Coastal Pet Products If the name doesn't sound familiar, you'll spot it immediately the next time you are at Petco, Pet Supply or any other big box store made for your furry friend. The manufacturer of collars, leashes, harnesses and toys resides in Alliance,.
Little Tykes Little Tykes is known for its products and playsets that encourage active and imaginative play for children. It was founded in 1969 in Hudson, designed to get kids moving and spark curiosity.