SIDNEY — The year 2015 was a solid one of growth for Western Ohio Cut Stone.
“Commercial, public and residential markets were all up year over year as compared to 2014 with sales revenue up over 9 percent,” said Tom Milligan, president. “Our traditional 4-inch building stone products continued to see robust growth. Demand was especially strong in our Eastern Pennsylvania markets as well as the Dayton market.”
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Specialty cut products were also part of the growth picture for 2015 with specialty landscape and building stone projects being part of the overall mix. One such project was the Komminsk Legacy Park project in New Bremen, Ohio. Western Ohio Cut Stone provided 48 custom cut stones made to look like original lock stones present in the historic Miami and Erie Canal Locks, cut from native Ohio Limestone pictured in the photo above. Also natural slabs from our Seneca County operations were provided as landscape accents on the project.
The company’s thin veneer saw line that came on-line at the end of 2014, continued to see increased orders, staying very busy through the Fall with back orders carrying into 2016.
Local sales at our yard at 1542 Riverside Drive (State Route 47) , east of Sidney also grew in 2015. We continue to offer a full line of crushed stone and sand and gravel products and a hardfill dumpsite. We also carry a full line of natural stone landscape and building stone products. We have grown those lines to include pattern natural stone pavers and several lines of natural stone veneer all available for retail customers as well as contractors.
Employment grew at the company’s operations, with production staff additions at each location. Our workforce produced with a focus on safety throughout the year, meeting high standards of product quality at the same time.
As we look to 2016, we continue to be optimistic about our growth prospects. Despite a volatile world economy, residential construction in the United States, which is a big driver for our products, looks to be strong into 2016. This is largely due to residential building still catching up after historic lows following the 2008 economic crisis. Many markets are still seeing pent up demand for new housing as interest rates remain low and employment remains strong. Remodel markets also show strong demand for our products as the beauty and quality provided by natural stone add value that buyers want.
Western Ohio Cut Stone is a producer of architectural grade natural stone products. It has quarry operations in Seneca county, Shelby County and Miami County in Ohio. The company also represents and sells natural stone products and natural thin veneer products of other producers from its warehouse in Sidney. Western Ohio Cut Stone serves markets throughout the Midwest, East Coast and Mid Atlantic.
The company, which was founded in 1995, has locations in Ludlow Falls, Sidney, Bloomville and Flat Rock. Brad Kinner is the director of operations and Janet Mullen is the controller.