Family firm to grow in Vermilion

VERMILION A local family's 40-year-old business is growing. Coleys CNC Machining, 1775 Liberty Ave., is upgrading and
May 24, 2010



A local family's 40-year-old business is growing.

Coleys CNC Machining, 1775 Liberty Ave., is upgrading and expanding its facility.

Construction is underway on the nearly $1.8 million project, which will be located down the road at 2385 Liberty Ave. The facility will be west of the former Lorain Ford Assembly plant.

Company officials plan to invest an additional $2.5 million on new equipment for the plant, said Coleys co-owner Kevin McDaniel.

McDaniel, who owns the company with his parents, Ken and Jerri McDaniel, said Coleys' current operation is split among three buildings with just 1,200 square feet of office space.

Building a new facility would consolidate the operations, making manufacturing more efficient.

"Coleys is a lean manufacturing specialist. It's difficult to be the best at lean manufacturing when you have three different buildings," McDaniel said. "We want to be 100 percent lean for our customers."

The new facility will encompass 31,000 square feet. About 4,500 square feet will be office space; the rest will be designated for manufacturing.

Monroeville-based Janotta & Herner Inc. is constructing the new facility. Project manager Seth Herrnstein said work on the building will be done throughout the winter to make sure the project is ready for operation by early summer.

"The new facility ... the whole process itself is going to be vastly more efficient than what they are already using," Herrnstein said.

The McDaniel family, longtime Vermilion residents, acquired Coleys CNC Machining in 1970. Since then, it has been a dream for the family to expand its operations.

"I, personally, am thrilled for the City of Vermilion and the McDaniel family and the employees. (The McDaniels) have been working toward this goal for a very long time," said Vermilion Mayor Jean Anderson.

"It's the tip of the iceberg. It's momentum going in the right direction. I think it adds a lot of energy to anything that would come after."

The company employs 36 workers, and McDaniel estimates that six new jobs will be created within the next three years. However, the potential could be higher, he said.

Coleys is a leader in lean production machining and assembly of precision parts for steel mill, aerospace components, military, trucking, lawn care products, electronics, pumps, performance and construction and heavy equipment industries.

Company officials plan to invest in new, automated equipment -- specifically pallet pool systems. Machinery from the old location will be moved to the new facililty when construction is complete.

Once operations are switched over, officials plan to lease the three buildings to local contractors in Vermilion.

"Coleys has always been a highly-respected machining facility with high-profile customers and the area's best employees. Now we can take that equipment and knowledge and design a global, world-class leader in machining at our brand-new factory," McDaniel said.