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11:34am EDT February 17, 2011
Doug Kovatch, Kovatch Castings Doug Kovatch, Kovatch Castings

The past year was an exciting one, filled with growth and optimism for Kovatch Castings Inc., a Uniontown-based company that provides high-quality investment castings for the medical, aerospace, military and other commercial applications.

While the company was founded in 1976 as a small organization to meet the needs of many local businesses, over the past 35 years, it has grown into much more than that. Under the leadership of President Doug Kovatch, the son of the company’s founder, 2010 marked a year in which the company expanded its business in order to remain competitive. The company decided to install new and more efficient equipment and has added an additional 16,000 square feet to its current building. This additional space has allowed the business to add two new energy-efficient foundry ovens, a conveyor system, a dryer cabinet and new software. All of these new technologies enable the company to utilize a heat recovery system to heat the company’s operations and has allowed Kovatch Castings to become much more efficient, consistent and flexible. As a result of this expansion, the company has hired an additional 45 employees and expanded its business by a potential $10 million.

This expansion wasn’t just important to the business though. It also caught the eye of the state of Ohio, which sees the project as extremely important to pumping up the local economy. As a result, the state awarded the company a $1 million grant. The funds were allocated to the state from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the criteria for the grant required that jobs are created and energy-saving improvements be implemented. The other exciting part of the grant is that this is the maximum grant amount awarded by the state, which means Kovatch Castings is heading in the right direction.

Kovatch and his employees are dedicated to providing superior products and service, and they pride themselves on the company’s success. They also strive to provide the best service and support to all of their customers and challenge themselves toward continuous improvement so that the company can continue to make these kinds of strides toward the future.

How to reach: Kovatch Castings Inc., (330) 896-9944 or www.kovatchcastings.com