Cut to the heart Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2008

When Tim Gase talks about low turnover at his company, you should listen.

If you want the number in percentages, it’s zero — as in, for two years, not one employee has left Peerless Saw Co.

Maybe that’s because Gase and his partner, Ken Lloyd, have impressed their 51 employees with the success they’ve led the saw company to during the last decade. Or maybe it has something to do with the loyalty that Gase showed to his employees in 1999 when he and Lloyd bought the company.

At that point, Gase was president at Peerless and found out that the historical company — it opened its doors in Columbus’ German Village in 1931 — was about to be sold off. Having been loyal to the company and its employees for four years, Gase didn’t like the uncertainty of the potential transaction.

Instead of risking his career and the career of the people he trusted, he and Lloyd made an offer on the company. Though established machine and tool companies were fighting to get their foot in the door, Gase was able to put together enough to take control of the company. Having done so, he proudly and nervously stepped up before his company on Sept. 17, 1999, and told his people that he controlled the company and that its history of family values and hard work would continue.

In the time since, the company has managed to increase its volume significantly while keeping staff numbers the same.

HOW TO REACH: Peerless Saw Co., (614) 836-5790 or www.peerlesssaw.com