SALEM, Ohio - The city of Salem has had more than its share of plant closings in recent years, but the newly completed expansion of BOC Water Hydraulics could mean growth for the Valley.
BOC Water Hydraulics invited the community to tour their newly expanded facility on State Route 45. The $3-million project took 14 months to complete and adds about 15,000 square-feet to the facility.
"Without this investment, without this expansion we couldn't do anything," said President and Owner Todd Olson. "We were basically tapped out on our existing facility."
BOC is a manufacturer specializing in water hydraulics, providing steel mills and oil and gas refineries with the high pressure, high flow water applications they need to operate.
"Big integrated mills make steel and it's all hot, and there is a fire hazard," explained Jeff Vanblaircom of BOC. "So they want to use water to minimize the flammability."
The expansion of BOC is predicted to increase their production by about 30% to 40%, and while no promises are being made, the growth of the facility could mean a need for more employees.
"Obviously business conditions dictate how many employees we will ultimately higher," said Olson, "But it gives us the potential to hire maybe another 15 or 20 over the coming couple years."
Jessica Boraz of the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition spoke at the event and told area business leaders the Valley is leading the nation in manufacturing growth.
Boraz explained that while the rest of country declined in manufacturing employment from 2009 to 2011 our region grew by 7% and it's predicted to see a 33% growth over the next two to three years.