FINDLAY — The Great Recession was no fun for most businesses, but it hit logistics especially hard. At Ohio Logistics, the company used the down time to get better, becoming more flexible for customers.
It’s paying off now, said Doug Williams, vice president for the Midwest Division, as Ohio Logistics is growing.
“We focused on becoming more versatile and better educated about our business,” Williams said. “We weathered the storm, and when the economy opened back up, we knew we’d be much faster, better and more effective for businesses.”
The company, with its headquarters in Findlay, employs nearly 375 people and operates a little more than 6 million square feet of warehouse space in seven states, including a facility in Ottawa that employs about 15 people.
That warehouse in Ottawa is full, serving a major food client and an automotive client, Williams said.
In the past year, the company has added facilities, square footage and operations. It continues to invest in warehouse management systems and technology, Williams said.
“We can automate communication with customers,” Williams said. “We can electronically send information over, tracking orders and material. It’s bar-coded, down to the the pallet level. That’s scanned, validated and electronically fired back with confirmation of receipt. It’s a streamlined customer service function.”
The company hopes to capitalize on the new National Gateway intermodal station by CSX in North Baltimore. Ohio Logistics is strategically located to benefit from the hub for importing and exporting goods by double-stacked rail cars.
The Lima company provides general commodity warehousing, chemical warehousing, transportation, and custom warehouse building.
Wright prides itself on providing quality outsourced warehousing, so customers can focus on their core competencies.
The Lima company provides blending and filling services, laboratory analysis, packing finished products on standard or customized pallets, warehousing and recycling and reusing scrapped materials.
The Ottawa company, founded in 1947, custom engineers and builds specialty semi-trailers.
In 2008, the company completed a 65,000 square foot fabrication facility. The company started out as a regional supplier of lowboy trailers. It has grown into a progressive and innovative trailer manufacturer in the industry, serving customers around the globe.