Monday, December 19, 2011

12 Days of Manufacturing: Day 5

Twelve Days of Christmas is both a song and a way to beat the drum about gifts leading up to a memorable day of the year for gift giving.

So, why not 12 days of manufacturing with an upbeat way to beat the drum for the fact that manufacturing is alive in Licking County? Manufacturing has been giving gifts to the Licking County economy for decades.

Follow my @RickPlatt Twitter feed every day at 8:05am EST to learn more about one more manufacturer with a presence in Licking County.

More than advanced manufacturing, these 12 have innovation, product development, and one-of-kind capabilities common among them.

Licking County's manufacturing diversity gets spotlighted too with aluminum, steel, quartz, corrugated, machinery, pine tree extracts, gyroscopes, bus axles, fiberglass, polyurethane, LED lighting, and RF antennas among the products.

Day 5: Bus Axles
Yesterday, I tweeted about Meritor.

You can just go buy a bus axle off the shelf.  You can't just make on anywhere either.

Once a Timken plant and once part of Rockwell International, Meritor's heavy axle plant in Heath is another long-standing manufacturer with roots in Licking County that stretch long and deep.

Meritor's axles end up in a wide range of heavy equipment, including RV's, buses, and fire trucks.  Though a narrower market than the wider automotive industry, Meritor's impact on the lives of everyday Americans is wide. 

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