Slice of Stainless, Inc. celebrated a 25,000-foot expansion of its Union Township facilities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 5.
Attended by approximately 50 people, the ceremony was a chance for elected local and state officials, and local dignitaries, to tour the new facility and congratulate the company on its accomplishment.
Co-founder Todd Reed said that considering the struggles to get to this point, it was a very exciting day for the company.
Slice of Stainless, which employs about 16 workers, was founded in 1992 by Todd Reed and Robin Tackett out of a small two-bedroom home in Cincinnati.
The name Slice of Stainless came from the fact that, in the early years, Reed delivered pizzas at night to help make ends meet.
During the years 1995 to 2000, business grew while they shared office space with a converted grocery store. In 2000, the company built its brand new 15,000-square-foot facility on two and a half acres in the Woodland Tech Center in Union Township.
The 25,000-square-foot facility expansion celebrated at the Sept. 5 ceremony will now triple the size of its Clermont County operations.
With more than 400 clients worldwide, Slice of Stainless is the first steel processing plant in Clermont County, something that Reed and Tackett are very proud of.
"We will succeed or we will succeed," Reed said. "There is no in-between."
Clermont Chamber of Commerce president Matt Van Sant, in his remarks to those assembled, said that the company founders took a vision and a passion and turned it into something spectacular.
"We are here to celebrate this magnificent accomplishment," Van Sant said. "Clermont County is hitting singles, doubles, and triples every day - and this is a home run."
Ohio State senator Tom Niehaus remarked that small businesses like Slice of Stainless represent what business is all about in Ohio.
"I would rather have 100 employers with 10 employees than one employer with a thousand," the senator said. "This is the kind of success we like to hear about. They have invested in Ohio, chosen to stay in Ohio, and are going to hire Ohio residents. This is a very exciting day."
Slice of Stainless, Inc. specializes in small quantities of stainless steel sheet and plate and high-temperature nickel alloys. The expansion, which was completed by Ferguson Construction, included the purchase and the installation of million dollar equipment and will provide many new county jobs, said Slice of Stainless Inc. sales manager Jill Schmidtt.