SIDNEY — Western Ohio Cut Stone, based in Sidney, is a producer of architectural grade natural stone products.
“We have quarry operations in Seneca County, Shelby County and Miami County in Ohio,” said Brad Kinner, president. “The Company also represents and sells natural stone products and natural thin veneer products of other producers from our warehouse and yard in Sidney. Western Ohio Cut Stone serves markets throughout the Midwest, East Coast and Mid Atlantic.”
His report continues:
The year 2017 saw a continuation of strong sales that had reached record levels in 2016. Commercial, public and residential markets were all strong and on par with prior year sales. 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. Sales of our traditional building stone products continued to be robust. Demand stayed strong in our Eastern Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic and Dayton markets.
Specialty cut stone products sales continued to be strong in 2017 as well. Homes and buildings across Ohio utilized these products to add beauty and a lasting legacy to these structures. The company’s thin veneer saw line product sales continued to maintain strength, staying very busy through the fall.
Local sales at our yard at 1542 Riverside Drive (state Route 47) , east of Sidney were steady in 2017. 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, decorative gravel as a mulch alternative, 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.
Two developments to enhance our marketing took place in 2017. Western Ohio Cut Stone secured its first trademark, Erie Shore, which will be the designation for our in-house produced full depth and natural thin veneer lines. When our customers see the Erie Shore designation they will know that they are buying 100 percent natural stone products produced at Western Ohio Cut Stone. Western Ohio Cut Stone also fully revamped its website www.westernohiocutstone.com which is now live. The newly designed website more fully shows the breadth of our products and capabilities than our previous site as well as incorporating videos of our operations and how-to’s.
As we look to 2018, we continue to be optimistic about our growth prospects. Residential construction in the United States, which is a big driver for our products, looks to be strong into 2018 as the new Administration and Congress have passed Federal tax reform legislation.
Founded in 1995, Tom Milligan serves as CEO for the company. Janet Mullen is the controller.