PIQUA, Ohio—French Oil Mill Machinery Co. was honored with a proclamation from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for outstanding contribution to manufacturing and the skilled trades industry on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 2.
“We are honored to receive this recognition on behalf of all of our dedicated and hard working employees who demonstrate the foundations of our core values on a daily basis to ensure our ongoing success,” said Tayte French Lutz, director of marketing and French. “Being able to partner with our local schools on Manufacturing Day, and many other days throughout the school year, strengthens our future generations, our local community, our company and our industry.”
The proclamation states: “Your dedication to manufacturing and economic development makes you a valuable asset to the State of Ohio. As a business, you have demonstrated a great work ethic, high integrity and a strong commitment to your community and industry. Furthermore, you are to be commended for your participation in National Manufacturing Day and raising awareness of careers and opportunities in manufacturing.”
French said in a news release that this is the second year the firm opened its doors to a group of local students in conjunction with Manufacturing Day. The event consisted of opening remarks about manufacturing, a short overview of the company's history and products, a SolidWorks engineering presentation and a tour through French's machine shop and assembly departments.
The firm said it has hosted tours for Piqua City School students for close to 30 years.
French is an ISO certified, fourth generation, family-owned U.S. company that custom designs, manufactures and supports hydraulic presses for molding rubber and composite materials, screw presses for synthetic rubber processing and the separation of liquids from solids, and oilseed equipment used to extract vegetable oil from seeds and nuts.
The firm operates out of a 225,000-sq.-ft. corporate office and manufacturing facility in Piqua.