T. Marzetti, Phoenix Baseball Bats, American Whistle Corporation, Thirty-One Gifts & Buckeye Shapeform
Before Marzetti became a household name, Teresa Marzetti was whipping up homemade dressings and authentic Italian fare for Ohio State students in her small restaurant near campus. Nearly 117 years later, T. Marzetti carries on Teresa’s legacy with dressings, dips and breads sold in grocery stores all over the country.
2,500 employees work for the Columbus-based company in 14 manufacturing facilities around the country.
50 million pounds of dressings and sauces are made at Marzetti’s local plant on Indianola Avenue.
41 uniquely flavored dressings are sold in all 50 states. Some dressings are even sold internationally in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
2.6 million pounds of cheese from Wisconsin and South Dakota go into their best-selling dressing each year: Chunky Blue Cheese.
Phoenix Baseball Bats
Charley “Lefty” Trudeau had been playing for the Ohio Village Muffins (the old-time Ohio Historical Society baseball team) for five years when he started crafting vintage bats for the team in 1996. The hobby turned into a thriving business in 2000 when their bats were approved for use by professional teams.
2 minutes is all it takes to craft a bat on Phoenix’s advanced bat-making machine called a lathe.
15,000 bats were manufactured in 2012. Most bats are made from rock maple, yellow birch or northern white ash.
400 different bats are sold by Phoenix, including youth bats, training bats and even vintage-style bats.
150 professional baseball players use Phoenix bats. They’re particularly excited about Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detriot Tigers and Miami University (OH) alum Adam Eaton, starting outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
American Whistle Corporation
Founded in 1956, American Whistle Corporation remains the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States. The trademark whistles are punched and stamped on-site for customers including the Boy Scouts of America and Columbus Police Department.
5,000 whistles are made each day using 30-ton punch presses. The standard-size whistle comes plated in nickel or brass and can be stamped with a logo or message.
9 employees staff the entire factory on Columbus’ north side.
13 years Length of time American Whistle has been making whistles for the Columbus Police Department
20 award whistles plated in 24K gold were given to referees and line judges at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.
Hardworking women are celebrated at Thirty-One Gifts, a direct seller of customizable totes, purses and accessories sold to women, by women. Using the home-party model created by founder Cindy Monroe in 2003, Thirty-One Gifts experienced immense growth and was named the 10th largest direct-selling company in the nation by Direct Selling News in 2012.
$718 million of revenue was brought in by the company in 2012.
500,000 products are shipped out from the manufacturing facility each month.
1.1 million parties were hosted by independent sales consultants in 2012.
$553,528 was the average salary earned by top-selling national executive directors in 2012. The average woman in this category worked 36 hours per week selling products, hosting parties and recruiting consultants.
From small tin containers and oxygen tanks for scuba divers to plastic control knobs and military missile parts, Buckeye Shapeform seems to do a little bit of everything. The diverse manufacturing company started delivering products to customers via horse-drawn carriage in 1902 and today serves a wide client base.
80,000 square feet make up their manufacturing facility on Columbus’ south side.
22,000 unique product configurations and standard variations are produced by Buckeye Shapeform. These range from enclosures for electronics to custom-made control knobs.
6.7 million tin containers and novelty cans are made on average each year—that’s more than 18,000 per day.
500 precision metal deep-drawn parts used for high-quality missile components are manufactured each day. Most products are military applications and include flare housings and rocket launchers.