SIDNEY — The year 2016 saw record sales and ended with leadership changes for Western Ohio Cut Stone.
“Commercial, public and residential markets were all up as compared to 2015 with sales revenue increases of 9 percent after similar year over year growth the prior year,” said CEO Tom Milligan. “This was helped by good weather during the early part of the year allowing contractors to continue masonry and landscape installations when they would normally be shut down due to inclement winter weather conditions. Our traditional building stone products continued to see robust growth. Demand was especially strong in our Eastern Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic and Dayton markets.”
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Specialty cut products continued strong growth in 2016. In one such project in Virginia which is ongoing, Western Ohio Cut Stone is providing a custom cut ledgestone for a prestigious Frank Lloyd Wright style home, cut from native Ohio Limestone from our Bloomville, Ohio, operation in Seneca County.
The company’s thin veneer saw line product sales continued to see increases, staying very busy through the Fall.
Local sales at our yard at 1542 Riverside Drive (State Route 47) , east of Sidney remained steady in 2016. We continue to offer a full line of crushed stone, sand and gravel, and a clean 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.
Effective Jan. 1 of 2017, Brad Kinner, long time operations director of Western Ohio Cut Stone, was named its president. Brad has also taken an equity interest in the company. I assumed the new role of CEO and I still retain controlling interest in the company. This leadership change is a natural next step in the growth and development of Western Ohio Cut Stone, coming off a strong 2016 year.
Janet Mullen is the company controller.
As we look to 2017, 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 2017 as the new Administration enters the White House.
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.