The Kidron Body Works started life as small
manufacturer of cutom-built quad cabs and sleeper cabs that soon found
a niche supplying various types of operator enclosures to manufacturers
of heavy trucks and construction equipment.Located in the
of Kidron (mailing address Dalton, Ohio), located 35 miles
southwest of Akron, (25 miles west of Canton) in southwestern Sugar
Township, Wayne County, Ohio. Longtime cab customers include Galion
Equipment (aka Michigan), Eaton Yale Towne (aka Trojan), Thew Lorrain
Shovel, Massey-Ferguson and others.
In the early 1950s they added conventional
truck bodies to their product lineup and were early adopters of
aluminum and FRP (Fiberglas reinforced plastic) dry goods and insulated
/ refrigerated truck bodies. Today they survive today as a divison of
VT Hackney, a
multinational truck body manufacturer that distributes its products
throughout North America, Central America and Asia-Pacific.
Kidron was founded near the end of the
Second World War by two
Swiss Mennonite brothers; Lester (b. June 25, 1916
– d. Dec. 28,
1992 in Lakeland, FL) and George Bixler (b. March 8, 1915 – d. October
18, 1990 in Millersburg,
OH), two former employees of the Orrville Body Co., the nation's
largest manufacturer of OEM sleeper and quad cabs. Orrville's
clients included Mack, White, Autocar; Western Star; Diamond-T, REO,
International, Studebaker, Ford, GMC and Volvo.
Coincidentally Ohio was the home of most of
the nation's truck cab manufacturers, several of which were started by
Body Co. employees. The Ohio-based firms included: Highland Body Co.,
Cincinnati (pre-war White
sleepers); Gerstenslager Body Co., Wooster (multi-makes); Royal Body
(pre-war Ford & White sleepers); Crown Steel Products Co.,
Orrville (multi-makes); Orrville Metal Specialty
Co., Orrville (multi-makes); and Montpelier Body Co., Montpelier
(pre-and post-war Ford
Non-Ohio based firms engaged in similar work
Stoughton Cab & Body Co., Stoughton, Wisconsin (post-war Ford);
Body Co., York, Pennsylvania (pre-war multi-makes); Proctor-Keefe Body
Detroit, Michigan (pre- & post-war Ford); Automotive Industries
Owendale, Michigan (post-war multi-makes); Winter Weiss Co., Denver,
(pre-war Ford sleepers); and Wilson Motor
and Smith Bros. - both located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Lester (b. June 25, 1916) and George (b.
March 8, 1915) Bixler were born in
Sugar Creek, Wayne County, Ohio to John J. (a farmer, b. Feb. 7, 1872 -
30, 1953) and Eliza (Nussbaum, b. in 1887, in Indiana; d. 1925) Bixler.
George and Lester’s paternal
grandparents were John
C. (b. 1841 – d. 1909) and Maria C. (Sommer, b. 1841 – d. 1913) Bixler.
Siblings included Alvin (b.1907); Verna (b.
(b.1914); George (b. 1915); Lester (b. 1917); Lillian (b.1919); John
infant girl (b./d.1922); infant boy (b./d.1923); and Melvin
(b./d. 1925) Bixler. Unfortunately George and
Lester’s mother, Eliza Nussbaum Bixler, died while giving birth to
Coincidentally the Bixler brothers married
Martha and Mary Haueter.
Lester married Mary Haueter (b. May 4, 1915,
Alfred and Lina Lehman Haueter of Orville, Ohio) the 1940 US Census
Holmes, Wayne County, Ohio (res. 1935 in Kidron, Ohio), his occupation,
of a feed store. On June 4, 1938 George married Martha N.
Haueter (b. May 4,
1915 – d. May 7, 2005, daughter of Alfred and Lina Lehman Haueter of
Ohio) and to the blessed union were born two children: Phyllis
(b.1939); and George
Jr. (b. Mar. 9, 1950) Bixler. The 1940 US Census lists George in
occupation as ‘builder’ in a ‘sleeper cab factory’.
Bixler boys joined many other members of the community who found a job
watining for them at
Body Company. In 1944 George had an opportunity to open his own body
shop, purchasing an old red implement storage barn located next to the
tennis courts inEast Kidron
. By the end of the War his brother Lester and
brother-in-law Bill Brown had joined him in the enterprise as did a
young blacksmith named Russel Saurer, who had also just returned from
Later their first cousin Ira Sommer (b.1920 in Sugar Creek, Ohio to
farmers Christian P.
Sommer) joined the firm as salesman. Their paternal grandparents were
John C. (b. 1841 – d. 1909)
and Maria C.
(Sommer, b. 1841 – d. 1913) Bixler.
By 1950 the company employed eighteen and
began constructing truck bodies in addition to building cabs and doing collision and refurbishing of existing vehicles. On October 28, 1952 the firm was
incorporated in the state
of Ohio by George Bixler, Dennis L. Hofstetter and Earl D. Hofstetter
Body Co. and additional property was purchased across the
road from a farmer named Paul Keiner.
Dennis L. and Earl D. Hofstetter were the
of Daniel J. Hofstetter and Kathryn Amstutz. Siblings
included: Alvin Hofstetter; Earl Daniel Hofstetter; Viola K.
Hofstetter; Lorene Ferne Hofstetter and Eunice Delpitine
Dennis L. Hofstetter (b.March 24, 1908 - d.
April 29,1993) married
to Owayla Fern Brand (b. Jun. 15, 1906 in Holmes Couty, OH, – d. Aug.
1, 2001). Earl D. Hofstetter (b. October 12, 1904 – d.
March 17, 1961)
married to Theresa 'Terry' F. Long, and to the blessed union were
born three children: Earl Daniel Hofstetter, Jr.; Richard W.
Hofstetter and Anna
The September 17, 1953 edition of the
Crescent included a picture of a new Dodge-chassised 1,500 water tanker
constructed for the Orrville Volunteer Fire Department:
“New $4,500 Fire Truck To Aid In Conquest
“Fire protection to area farmers was given
in the arm this week when the new 1,200 gallon capacity water truck was
completed by the Kidron Body Company and turned over to the Orrville
Fire Department. The new truck, which cost $4,500, is the result of the
co-operation between the trustees of two townships, Greene and
Orrville City Council, and the Volunteer Fire Department of this city.
climaxes the efforts and hard work of a group of men who set out as
last December to get this goal accomplished and provide this added
to their friends and neighbors in the county area.”
March 5, 1956 edition of the Orrville
“Do you know whose farm is pictured here
“The Lester Bixlers have lived on the farm
for three years,
although their actual farming has been restricted to one Summer. Mr.
now a foreman for truck body construction at the Kidron Body Company,
of the founders of Kidron Body, along with his brother George, who is
of the firm. Lester sold his interest in the body company, bought the
make room for his large family, only to learn that he was allergic to
“So that nixed farming for him. Clarence
neighbor, farmed it for two years and, recently, Ralph Marthey bought
of the 57 acre plot. The house and five acres are still for sale and
Bixlers hope they can sell it soon so that they can go ahead with their
building a new home in Kidron.
“Lester, who is 40 years old, is a native
community and has been with the Kidron Body Company for nine years.
farming he worked there part time.
“Lester Bixler and his wife, the former
married in 1939. They have five children, Ruth Ann,15, a sophomore at
Richard, 14, a freshman; Carol, a fifth grader; Barbara, who is almost
years old; and Becky Sue, who is almost two.
“Mrs. Bixler, it will be recalled, has a
Martha, who, incidentally, is married to Lester’s brother, George. They
Kidron. The Bixlers are members of the Orrville Mennonite Church.”
March 14, 1957 edition of the Orrville
“Kidron Community Council Hears About
“Kidron, Mar. 14.—The Kidron Community
Council announces the
construction of a new building, 160 ft. x 50 ft. by the Kidron Body
be located across the road from the present plant. This construction
as soon as the weather clears up enough for foundation work to got
under way in
an open field. This, announcement was made to the Kidron Community
president Merl Lehman at the meeting of the council Monday evening.
Bixler, president of the Kidron Body Company, informed Mr. Lehman that
wanted the council to be the first to hear this public announcement.
expansion program will require a considerable number of new employees
Kidron Body Company as soon as the new construction is ready for
With a number of homes now available in the Kidron area for new
may develop into a choice set up for new men finding employment here or
elsewhere in or near Kidron.”
April 3, 1958, Massillon Evening Independent:
“Fulton Gets New Fire Truck
“The Canal Fulton Volunteer Fire
and equipped the small truck shown in the above photo and presented it
village. Firemen pictured with the truck from left to right are Robert
Earl Stoughton, Ray Ries, chief and Jay Butter, assistant chief.
the rear step of the truck are William Fellmeth and James Finefrock.
of the $1,500 truck was purchased from a Kidron body shop and the
the truck was built by volunteer work of the firemen. The small truck
used to fight grass fires and similar small blazes and was placed in
27. It carries 100 gallons of water. Funds for the vehicle were raised
firemen through carnivals, from donations received from residents of
areas who found it necessary to have water hauled for their stock and
projects and from contributions made by George Muhlhauser who has been
generous gifts to the department annually for a number of years. The
brings to five the number of trucks housed by the department in the
By then end of the decade Bixler had split the
firm's operations into four groups; Custom Body Div.; Metal Fabrication
div.; Kid Division;
and the Plastics Division.
The obituary column of the March 23, 1961
edition of the
Orrville Courier Crescent:
“Earl Hofstetter, Prominent Kidron
“Earl Daniel Hofstetter Sr., 56, died at
Friday at 4 a.m. following an extended illness. He was born Oct. 12,
southwest of Kidron and except for short periods in Canton, Toledo and
Ind., he was a life resident of the community.
“He operated the Hofstetter Brothers Super
Market with his
brother, Dennis, until ill health forced him to retire after 31 years.
opened the store in 1929 as a general store and steadily expanded it.
business was sold recently to his son and two nephews. He served on the
of directors of the Kidron Body Co. since its organization, one term on
Dalton Local Board of Education, and two terms on the board of
directors of the
Tusco Grocery Co.”
September 19, 1963 edition of the Elyria
“…checked with representatives of the
Co. and were
instructed to contact the Kidron Body Shop of Kidron, which make the
the Galion firm.”
December 3, 1964 edition of the Orrville
“Kidron Body Co. Opens Branch At Garrod
Furniture Site Here
“Kidron Body Co. has leased from Blair
House, Inc. of
Cleveland the former Garrod Furniture building on Sterling Ave.,
George Bixler, president and founder of the Kidron based firm. Partly
efforts of the Orrville Chamber of Commerce, Kidron Body was able to
one-year lease with Bernard Siegel, president of Blair House. Garrod
ceased business some years ago and the building has been vacant since
Bixler said the building will be used for experimental purposes and
of new products. Orrville plant will employ approximately six persons
Eugene Hannie of Orrville, who is production manager at Kidron Body,
temporarily acting as supervisor. The building is now in use. Lease
option to buy. Decision whether to remain in Orrville after the lease,
consolidate all operations in Kidron, will be made later, according to
“Sterling Avenue area is zoned
Furniture had been permitted to operate as a ‘non-conforming user.’
Thursday, Raymond Lindamood, attorney representing the Kidron Body Co.,
petition with the Zoning Board of Appeals to allow industrial use of
Zoning Board, plans to hold a hearing according to Robert Lacy, sales
service director. Members are Wilmer Smith, Virgil Runion, Ed Kraft and
Gresser. Kidron Body also has begun work on a building in Kidron which
give the firm 6,000 feet of additional space. This is the 13th time in
18-year history that the firm has expanded.
“New Truck Bodies
“Under roof now are 6,000 additional
feet in the
metal division. Soon to be occupied by the recently-developed aluminum
body kit, the, new addition was planned to accommodate the growth of
product which was first marketed a year ago.
“Kidron Body engineers have expanded the
production to include a fiberglass reinforced plastic body, known as
"FRP," of the same design. Both are constructed with, the same
extrusions for, frames, but give the purchaser a. choice of models.
“The new aluminum truck body kit has been
marketed for six
months, and 250 of them have been produced. Production rate is two and
kits per day in the old plant. Fifteen new employees have been added to
payroll to operate this division.
“Sales for the kit are now confined to the
U. S. east of the
Mississippi River. Expansion to the West is contemplated when
facilities are ready.
“Sheet metal fabrication of plant No. 2
Production of custom-built truck bodies, chiefly the use of the new kit
own plant, is much larger.
“Employment has jumped from 66 a year ago
a current 110.
Mr. Bixler expressed confidence that many more will be needed to
new sections. A new overall sales approach is being used and has
output of the plants 35 per cent in one year to keep up with new
“The sales force and management displayed
the new products
recently at the National Truck Body and Equipment Association,
Kansas City, Mo. Employment in the plant is largest in the sheet metal
fabrication department. This division turns out products for several
“Galion Iron Works uses Kidron Body cabs
all their road
graders. Yale-Towne Co. of Batavia, N. Y. and Clark Equipment Co. of
Harbor Mich. are the other two principal users of products turned out
“Victor Dix, president of the Orrville
Chamber of Commerce,
and Dave Davault, chairman of the Chamber's Industrial Development
said the Kidron Body Co. would be a wonderful addition to the
'The reputation of Kidron Body as a first-rate progressive firm has
been well established,' said Mr. Dix. 'Quality growth is necessary for
every progressive community,' said Mr. Davault. 'Quality truck body
manufacturing has been a trade-mark at Kidron Body and management is
minded and progressive. We wish the firm the best of luck on their new
both in Kidron and Orrville.'”
By 1965 Bixler realized that in order to get a
piece of the expanding truck body business, he would have to build a
satellite operation somewhere in the southern US. A site was chosen in
Lakeland, Florida, adjacent to the region's municipal airport in
Lakeland, Florida, the January 21, 1965 edition of the Orrville
Courier Crescent announcing the expansion to the local community:
“Eugene Hannie To Head Kidron Body
"Further expansion of the Kidron Body
Company has been
announced by that firm. Construction of a new plant will begin next
Lakeland, Florida. The company has purchased a five-acre tract of land
and has a three-year option on five additional acres.
“This action took place almost at the same
time the company
was negotiating for rental of the Garrod Furniture building on Sterling
here for plastics development. The city-owned land faces Drane Field
location of the airport. A $50,000 industrial plant for production of
and plastic truck bodies, primarily for refrigerated-type hauling, will
constructed. It is hoped operation can begin by January, 1966. Eugene
1824 Lynn Dr. will manage the Florida operation.
“Except for routine final approval by the
Agency, the transaction was terminated when George Bixler, Kidron Body
president, and the mayor of Lakeland, Harold Grizzard, executed the
“This sale ended about eight months of
the body company and the Lakeland board. Chairman William S. Myrick Jr.
executive director, Robert Drabik, were present to sign the contract.
“Mr. Bixler stated that the Lakeland
possibly employ 30 by the end of the first year of production. Except
or four key employees which the company will send South from the parent
most workers will be drawn from the Lakeland labor pool.
“Last fiscal year, the company reached a
high of $1.3
million total sales. Truck body and sheet metal fabrication are
“Supplier of Cabs
“Kidron Body Co. is a major supplier of
for Galion Iron
Works and assemblies for Clark Equipment Co. and Yale-Towne
Kidron Body Co. currently supplies about 75 per cent of meat hauling
Ohio and a substantial number in Indiana and Pennsylvania. These truck
leave the plant complete and ready for the road.
“Another division manufactures a
truck body of plastic or aluminum which is delivered to assembly plants
throughout the east.
“The new Lakeland division will serve the
division is now a year old and has been engineered exclusively by
present, the local plant employs about 110. The new Orrville plant
Employment has grown about 40 per cent in the last year. All offices
engineering operations of the company will remain in the Kidron
By the end of the year Kidron South, as it was
known, was producing aluminum and FRP truck bodies and trailers for
distribution acorss the southern United States. Within a short time the
plant employed 130 and was producing $3 million worth of bodies
January 6, 1966 edition of the Orrville
“Iceboxes Make Comeback; Lehman Hdwe. at
Kidron Answers Need
of Amish for Cold Storage
“Kidron Body Manufacturers 'Em
“By Mike Starn
“Ask most folks born after 1943 what they
think of your new
icebox. 'Come again,' they say. I never met one in my life until
so the pleasure was all mine. I'd been a victim these past 22 years of
roll-out, fold-out, pasteled, even-temperature, multi-shelved, Betty
‘refrigerators,’ the mere mention of which leaves me cold.
“Kidron Body Co. makes, and Lehman
of that village
sells iceboxes ... and in an expanding market, too. Faced with a
demand from the area's Amish population who shun modern man's
dobuggery, Lehman Hardware met the problem head-on.
“The hardware has long been a main
engine-driven washing machines and kerosene appliances and have
many neighboring states for this special equipment.
“But even kerosene-driven refrigerators
aren't acceptable to
the Old Order Amish, one of the largest concentrations of whom make
in Wayne County. Time is the Great Leveler only to those who make
“The hardware store made the best of the
situation at hand.
Before leaving for another stint as manager of Menno Travel Service in
Kenya. Africa, Junior Lehman, owner of the store, negotiated with
Co. metal parts division, to manufacture the boxes he designed. Details
operation were handled by John Hall, salesman for the firm; Junior's
Ezra, and a brother, David, who operates the store in Junior's absence.
“The finished product is a work of art,
pearly-white box is 59 inches by 28 inches by 25 deep and sports an ice
compartment capable of holding up to 135 pounds of ice.
“Kidron Body has produced 25 of the ‘new’
iceboxes to date
with more on order, according to David Lehman, hardware manager.
“Interior of the box is made from
insulated with two-in thick Styrofoam used by most refrigerator and
Replacing the old latch lock, however, is a magnetic gadget installed
the door. Shade of progress!”
December 31, 1970 edition of the Orrville
“Frank Wyss was a partner of Albert
threshing equipment for area farmers for a number of years. He also
dairy business, selling and delivering milk to local residents until
1940's; and was employed at Kidron Auction from its beginning in 1925
present time. When the threshing rig storage building was sold to
in 1946, it grew into the Kidron Body Co. of today.”
August 30, 1971 edition of the Orrville
“Ira Sommer TBEA Official
“Ira Sommers, sales manager for the Kidron
Body Co. at
Kidron, holds the registration committee chairmanship for the Truck
Equipment association's (TBEA) 24th annual international convention and
exposition in Chicago Oct. 4-6. This special three-day event provides
total market showpiece in the world for all types of truck 'bodies,
equipment, truck hardware, hydraulic systems, lights, safety equipment
other pertinent products.
“The Truck Body and Equipment Association
fully staffed headquarters in the Chevy Chase building, Washington,
has a membership comprised of this Nation's and Canada's fore-most
builders, truck equipment manufacturers, truck accessory manufacturers,
their respective distributors. Sommer has long been active in the TBEC
been honored with the chairmanship of the registration committee for
further position the firm as one of the nation's leading truck body
manufacturers, Kidron needed to get their products into the Midwest. In
August of 1971 Bixler purchased a suitable property in the small
Mennonite community of Pretty Prairie, Kansas, the February 29, 1972
edition of the Massillon Evening
Independent announcing Kidron's plans to the local residents:
“Kidron Body to build new plant in Kansas
“George Bixler, founder and president of
Kidron Body Co.,
has announced the board’s decision to expand by opening a new plant in
“The expansion is designed to extend the
production and service facilities to a new geographical area. The
the Midwest will resemble the current branch in Lakeland, Fla., now in
“The new branch will produce truck bodies
service for national accounts. It will be another step approaching
distribution, because additional distributors will be added to the
total of 60 in major cities.
“Bixler acquired 10 acres of land in
August in anticipation of the expansion. The village is in a Mennonite
community resembling the locality in Kidron, where the company
when it is built, will be operated from the Kidron headquarters as is
Florida plant. No definite date for contraction has been disclosed,
but it is
hoped that production may begin by October 1973.
“The Florida operation has grown yearly
35,000 square feet. It serves the southern tier of states as far west
The Kidron Plant has distributors from the east coast to Iowa.
both plants now covers both custom-built bodies and kits produced for
“The main plant in Kidron also has an
extensive sheet metal fabrication
division. It produces cabs and other assemblies for numerous major road
construction machinery equipment firms. This phase may in time be
in the branch plants as the demand materializes, Bixler said.
“Currently, all the fiberglass used in van
is produced only in the Florida plant and then transported as
kits to the distributors.
“At this point, says Bixler, the projected
be using trained personnel from both plants. Lester Steiner, now, now
in the Kidron custom body division, is slated to become the Pretty
“Norman Sommer, recently of Orrville,
and now in sales
at Lakeland, will become the Pretty Prairie plant manager.
“Employment figures in Kidron are
Lakeland, 35. As the Kansas operation develops, it is estimated that it
attain a level comparable to the Florida branch, which has had
“Kidron Body has just entered its 26th
Its growth has passed through various stages as it advanced from custom
building, addition of the metal fabrication division, development of
kit divisions and distribution of prefab bodies, and the recent
container systems for national accounts.”
March 12, 1972, Hutchinson News (Kansas):
“Kidron Body Firm Locates in Area
“George Bixler, founder and president of
Kidron Body Co.,
has announced the board's decision to expand by opening' a new plant
operation in the midwest will resemble the current branch now in its
year in Lakeland, Florida.
“The new branch will produce truck bodies
service for national accounts. It will be another step approaching
distribution as additional distributors will be added to the current
60 in major cities.
“Bixler acquired ten acres of land in
August in anticipation of the expansion. The village is in a Mennonite
community resembling the locality in Kidron where the company
1946. At this point, says Bixler, the projected development will be
trained personnel from both plants. Lester Steiner, now in sales in the
custom body division, is slated to become the Pretty Prairie plant
“Norman Sommer, recently of Orville, Ohio
and now in sales
in Lakeland, will be heading the Kansas sales staff.
“Employment figures in Kidron are
Lakeland, 35. As the Kansas operation develops, it is estimated that it
attain a level comparable to the Florida branch which has had
“Kidron Body Co. has just entered its
twenty-sixth year of
operation. Its growth has passed through various stages as it advanced
custom body building, addition of the metal fabrication division,
of the body kit divisions and distribution of prefab bodies, and the
construction of container systems for national accounts.”
July 9, 1972, Hutchinson News:
“Pretty Prairie Firm To Break Ground
“Pretty Prairie - Part of the centennial
will be the ground-breaking for a new Pretty Prairie industry.
will be about 1:30 p.m. July 15 at the site of construction for a 120
180 foot building for Kidron Body Co. The new branch will produce truck
and provide service for national accounts. Lester Steiner is general
During the mid 1970s George Bixler retired from active managment of the firm, turning the reigns over to his cousin. Kidron's new president, Robert L. (b. Mar. 3, 1941 - d. Jan. 18,1996) Sommer, was the son of Ira J. (b. May 30, 1919 - d. Sept. 20, 2004) and Lillian
N. (Bixler) Sommer - Ira being Kidron's longtime sales manager and George Bixler's first cousin. Norman W. Sommer (b. Nov. 10, 1928 - d- d. Aug. 26, 2000), manager of the Pretty Prairie plant, was Ira's younger brother and Robert L. Sommer's uncle. The February 26, 1976 edition of the Orrville
Courier Crescent announced Bixler's retirement to the Kidron community:
“Robert L. Sommer has been elected
of the Kidron
Body Co. He will replace George Bixler who started the company 30 years
has presided over since then. Mr. Bixler will remain as chairman of the
Sommer and his wife, Janet, and their daughters, Jodi and Lori, reside
Kidron and attend the Orrville C. and M. Alliance Church.”
A $1.3 million fire detroyed Kidron's Lakeland, Florida operations in late 1983, the December 29, 1983 edition of the Lakeland
“Investigators Find No Cause to Kidron
by Gary Kimler
“Lakeland – Investigators searched
but didn’t find
the cause of the fire that destroyed a 30,000 square foot truck
southwest of Lakeland Tuesday Night.
“Sheriff’s Investigator Duane Bickmire
estimated damage to
Kidron Body Co. at $1.3 million.
“He and two other fire investigators – Ed
Wiles of the State
Fire Marshal’s Office and Alfred Combee of Polk County’s fire
sifted through the burned-out structure most of the day Wednesday.
“The assembly plant is at 4220 Drane Field
Road, about a
mile west of Lakeland Municipal Airport. The company, based in Kidron,
assembles aluminum and fiberglass truck bodies.
“Blackmire said the assembly plant
combustible materials, which may have been the source of explosions
firefighters heard and saw when they arrived at about 7:45 p.m. and
building engulfed in flames.
“No one was hurt in the fire.
“The great majority of combustible
were stored in
a nearby building that didn’t catch fire, Bickmire said.
“George Bixler, an official at the
home base in
Ohio, was asked Wednesday if Kidron would rebuild in Lakeland.
“‘At this point in time,’ he said, ‘we
that the Florida
market is good and we have every intention of trying to serve that
“He said Kidron had been in Lakeland since
and, at last count, employed 42 people.
“Firefighters from Lakeland and Medulla
departments were hampered Tuesday night by insufficient water supplies
“There were only two fire hydrants at the
scene and both
were fed by the same 6-inch water main. Lakeland Fire Department Cmdr.
Mitchell sad that was the equivalent to having only one fire hydrant –
poor one at that because the water pressure was poor so far away from
“‘Course, if we would have a dozen
wouldn’t have cut down on the loss much because it was pretty well
engulfed by the
time the Lakeland Fired Department arrived,’ said Fire Department Lt.
“Green said Lakeland firefighters remained
at the site
throughout the night and returned to the station about 6:30 a.m.
In 1982, Kidron introduced its own new and
state-of-the-art refrigerated truck body, followed by a semi-trailer
of the same advantages, first shown in 1984. By this time, active
expanded throughout the U.S. as well as into Canada, Mexico and Central
1992 Dunn & Bradstreet listing:
Kidron Inc. (OH) 13442 Emerson
Rd, Kidron, Ohio.
Mfrs. insulated/refrigerated truck bodies & trailer bodies;
metalwork. Accts Meaden & Moore Inc. Robert L. Sommer chrmn; H Tr
Lutton, COO Ex VP; John L. Naylor Jr., Sec.; John E. Sommer, VP; Tom
Danneiniller, Engr Mgr.; Mark Husted, Cont.; Gene Lindgren Mgr.; George
Asst Soc.; Fred Arnoff.
On February 8, 1995, Kidron Inc. was
Transportation Technologies Inc., of Washington, D.C., which also owned
& Sons, the premier manufacturer of beverage truck bodies and
That was followed by the 1997 purchase of Hackney Brothers of Wilson,
like Kidron, a major supplier of insulated truck bodies to the dairy
Subsequently, Hackney Brothers products were merged into the Kidron
giving birth to the Hackney Ultimate model. Bringing these great
under a single corporate umbrella, TTI with the Kidron advantage was
set a new industry standard for customer satisfaction with greater
and a clear dedication to developing further innovations in product
In the July 1, 1998 edition of Trailer
Builders, Bruce Sauerwrote:
“A larger manufacturing plant has expanded
of Kidron Inc. in Lakeland, Florida.
“The company had been producing van bodies
in a 34,000-sq-ft
plant in Lakeland. Relocating to a 120,000-sq-ft plant provides the
with several advantages, including the ability to manufacture trailers.
“Kidron has manufacturing plants in
Washington, North Carolina. The company has been building van bodies in
Lakeland since 1965, but space limitations made it impossible to
trailers at the Florida plant.
“‘This is the best plant we have for
says John Sommer, Kidron's executive vice-president. ‘We have analyzed
operations of our other locations and have come up with a plant that
suits our needs.’
“One of the biggest needs was flexibility.
Kidron is one of
the few major manufacturers that routinely builds trailers and truck
the same assembly line. The Lakeland plant is capable of manufacturing
nine-foot van bodies, 48-ft trailers, or anything in between.
“Most of Kidron's production involves
insulated van bodies
and trailers, but the plant also produces dry-freight vans and some
“Built-in Flexibility Kidron has done
several things to
enable the plant to produce vans ranging in length from 9 to 48 feet,
78 to 108
inches high, and 84 to 102 inches wide.
“The plant is set up with two assembly
lines, both of which
can produce bodies and trailers. The key to the flexibility is found in
fixtures the company uses. The floor fixtures, for example, can
widths and lengths of floors that Kidron needs to produce. The track
automatically lay down a longitudinal weld of any length up to 55 feet.
same is true for the two roofing stations, both of which are 55 feet
“‘We had six units in our two roofing
Sommer says. ‘All of the bodies were short enough to fit three in each
“The roofing station is a fixed height. To
different heights of trailers and truck bodies, Kidron lifts them to a
convenient working height for those installing the roof. An air hoist
vans to the desired height. To maintain that height during the roof
installation process, the vans are placed on pairs of fixtures that
laterally in and out. The closer the stair-step fixtures get to one
the higher the van can be placed.
“Sides are produced by feeding the
sideposts, and rivets through a rivet press. The press is wide enough
sidewall height requirements, and the CNC press is easily re-indexed to
accommodate various lengths and sidepost spacing.
“‘Length is no problem,’ Sommer says. ‘Our
is 140-ft long. We just keep setting rivets until we've made a wall
“Until the new facility opened last year,
operation relied heavily on the main plant in Kidron, Ohio, for the
it needs. That is changing now that the company has a plant with
space and equipment for component production.
“‘This has been a big change for us,’
money we save by not shipping parts from Ohio to Florida will more than
the lease on this building.’
“After moving into larger quarters, Kidron
sold the building
it previously occupied to Jim Hardee Equipment.
“‘Moving was a real experience,’ Sommer
says. ‘At one point,
we were building product while we were wiring the building and
“The new Kidron plant is part of a long,
located in an industrial park at the Lakeland airport. Kidron leases a
300' space in that building. In addition, the company has a 300' x 40'
and a 4,000-sq-ft paint area. Kidron use the overhang area to install
liftgates, bumpers, mudflaps, and refrigeration units. The mild winters
central Florida make it possible for the company to use the area all
“The paint area houses two paint booths-33
feet and 54 feet
“A Year of Change
“The past year has been one of change for
Kidron and parent
company, Transportation Technologies Inc. Among the tasks the company
* Purchased Hackney Brothers,
bodies directed primarily at dairies.
* Closed the old Hackney Brothers Body
North Carolina, and moved production to the Hackney & Sons plant in
Washington, North Carolina.
* Moved into the new plant in Lakeland.
* Implemented a new computer system. The
company is in the
final stages of converting software from other data formats.
* Trained staff in all plants (Kidron,
Washington) to build cold-plate trailers.
* Introduced a new product-the Hackney
combines the best features of the Hackney and Kidron designs.
“Ultimate Truck Body
“The new Ultimate van is designed for
and ice cream
products, meat, seafood, frozen food, cut flowers, ice, and other
are sold on multi-stop routes.
“Bodies range in length from nine to 24
feet. The outside
sheet is made of smooth aluminum panels or color-impregnated fiberglass
Inside lining typically is fiberglass with damage-resistant wear strips
side and front walls.
“Insulated with up to six inches of
foam, the vans are designed to hold temperatures at -20 degrees F on
routes. They can be equipped with Hackney Vari-Temp and plate systems
as conventional refrigeration units.
“To commemorate the opening of the new
sponsored an open house April 30. The event attracted about 500
the support of 40 suppliers, many of whom set up tabletop displays
“‘The open house gave us the opportunity
customers and vendors the additional capability we have with this new
says John Sommer Jr. ‘We emphasized our insulated van manufacturing
That's our strength.’”
In July 2003 Kidron more than doubled its capacity through the purchase of the
former Grumman Olson truck body plants in Montgomery, Pennsylvania and
Tulare, California for pennies on the dollar, the August 25, 2003 edition of Trailer and Body
“Kidron adds products, manufacturing, and
“Kidron's parent company, Specialized
(SVC) has completed a strategic acquisition that has made Kidron one of
largest manufacturers of truck bodies and trailers in North America.
“SVC acquired two additional manufacturing
located in Tulare, California, and Montgomery, Pennsylvania - both
owned by Grumman Olson.
“The acquisition provides Kidron with over
feet of additional manufacturing space, complementing existing Kidron
manufacturing facilities in Kidron, Ohio, and Lakeland, Florida. Kidron
immediate possession of the two new manufacturing facilities and work
expediting the process of preparing them to produce Kidron products.
“The acquisition marks the culmination of
strategy to be a national provider of insulated truck bodies and
capable of providing fast service and product deliveries for customers
dealers on both coasts. The acquisition also meets the strategic goal
continuing to expand the Kidron product portfolio with additional
lines. Kidron will now offer insulated truck bodies, dry freight van
cut-away bodies, service bodies and refrigerated trailers.
“It is anticipated that all facilities
entire product portfolio. Kidron has also secured a chassis bailment
serve the dealer markets.”
The April 1, 2004 edition of Trailer and Body
Builders announced that Kidron's new Montgomery, Pennsylvania facility was up and running:
“Kidron plant opens in Pennsylvania
“Specialized Vehicles Corp (SVC), parent
company of Kidron
brand truck bodies and trailers, has opened a manufacturing plant in
PA for Kidron products.
“‘We have an order backlog for almost 300
dry freight units,’
said John May, president of Kidron. ‘Opening this facility will let us
customers' expectations and actively solicit new dry freight orders in
that can be delivered in July and August. Subsequently, we intend to
our product offering in Montgomery to our full line of refrigerated and
freight bodies and trailers.’
“Among products now being manufactured in
Montgomery is the
new Cargo Star dry freight van, introduced at the National Truck
Association's recent Work Truck Show.
“The 235,000-square-foot plant was
in July 2003 and
retooled to efficiently produce Kidron products. Located at 914 Saegers
Road in Montgomery, it is staffed and fully equipped for assembly,
paint, and turnkey service.
“‘This plant, and the jobs it creates, was
made possible by
a cooperative effort involving governmental entities including the
Pennsylvania and officials from Lycoming County,’ said May.
“The plant is Kidron's fourth operating
facility. Its Tulare
CA facility, also acquired in July, was opened in 2003. Other plants
Kidron OH and Lakeland FL.”
The March 1, 2005 edition of Trailer and Body
Builders prodvided additional details on Kidron's new Pennsylvania facility:
“It would take $80 million to create what
spent in 1987 on its Montgomery, Pennsylvania, truck body plant,
the company that owns it now.
“For that price, you would get an
— complete with multiple robotic painters — and a serpentine conveyor
move truck bodies seamlessly through the assembly process. You would
234,000-sq-ft plant and 34 acres for storing incoming chassis and
goods. And you would have the infrastructure you need to compete for
$1-billion order for truck bodies.
“The Kidron Division of Specialized
(SVC), however, did not spend $80 million for such a plant. SVC was
acquire the facility for pennies on the dollar following the
Grumman Olson in 2003.
“And while Kidron is not planning on a
body order anytime soon, the company has big plans for using its newly
“‘There really isn't another truck body
plant to compare
with this one,’ says general manager Tom Dolan, a Grumman veteran who
the plant during its heyday. ‘This facility was a capital intense
built by an aerospace oriented company.’
“Grumman's Montgomery plant was a
high-octane plant when it
was built in 1972 to produce modular homes and motor coaches, but it
turbocharged when the company received the contract to build the LLV
Vehicle) that the U S Postal Service ordered by the thousands in the
its peak, the plant was producing 100 postal trucks per day and up to
dry-freight bodies. Automotive-style assembly technology helped make
possible, including an in-floor conveyor system that continuously moved
trucks through the assembly process. Robotically applied paint, part of
automated finishing department, also helped move truck bodies through
quickly. Although Kidron is not using the robots, the company says it
the typical vehicle in about 10 minutes.
“‘Without that contract for those postal
none of this would have made any sense. Grumman made a $42-million
investment in 1987 — about $80 million in today's dollars — to get this
ready to produce that order. There's no way to justify that kind of
build 10-20 van bodies and three or four trailers per day. We were very
fortunate to have been able to acquire a facility like this for the
“Grumman Olson had four truck body plants
when the company
went bankrupt in 2003. When the Grumman assets were sold during the
2003, Kidron was able to acquire two of them — the Montgomery facility
146,000-sq-ft plant in Tulare, California. With the acquisitions, the
Ohio-based manufacturer now has plants to serve the Midwest, Northeast,
(with its established plant in Lakeland, Florida) and the West.
“‘With plants only in Ohio and Florida, it
was difficult for
Kidron to compete nationally,’ Dolan says. ‘But the two additional
us a lot more competitive.’
“Gearing up for trailers
“The acquisition provides geographic
company, along with greater production capacity. It also makes it
Kidron to become a greater player in the trailer business.
“Kidron, a specialist in producing
refrigerated vans, has
been able to capitalize on the growing trend toward refrigerated
trailers. But as the business has grown over the years, so has the size
trailers the company produces. Kidron currently is using only 40% of
building, giving the company ample room to gear up for trailer
with plenty of room between support posts, the building will permit
trailers to move through it smoothly.
“‘Refrigerated fleets aren't content with
delivery trailers anymore,’ Dolan says. ‘In just the past two years, we
seen a big increase in demand for longer trailers in these
are spec'ing a lot of 48-ft local delivery trailers, and we are
trailers up to 53-ft long.’
“The Montgomery facility began prebuilding
trailers in April 2004 and assembled its first trailer in August.
“Tooling for trailers
“Prior to Kidron's acquisition,
not been built in the Montgomery plant. The company recently took a
to increase its production of reefers by installing an insulation
press can simultaneously foam both sides of trailers up to 53 feet long
accommodate all wall thicknesses that the company offers.
“Kidron is equipping its Montgomery plant
self-sufficient as possible.
“‘We believe that self-sufficiency offers
lot of advantages,’
Dolan says. ‘It lowers our costs, enables us to offer better quality,
reduces our lead times. Bottom line is that we are better able to serve
“Dolan says the plant has the fabrication
equipment it needs
to produce a wide range of parts and components for its truck bodies
trailers. The plant also is designed to do as much assembly work as
off-line, with fully completed subassemblies being brought to the main
“‘We are still in growth mode here,’ Dolan
says. ‘But with
the acquisition of this plant, Kidron has the capacity to produce the
volume of trailers that our customers are demanding. Orders are in
we are gearing up to produce a lot of trailers and dry freight truck
“Despite the emphasis on refrigerated
trailers, the first
Kidron product built in Montgomery was a dry-freight van body.
“‘It was simple for us to start with
Dolan says. ‘Grumman had been building them right up until the plant
They had discontinued production of stepvans here, but the plant was in
shape to produce dry-freight van bodies.’
“Grumman liquidated in June 2003, and SVC
took possession of
the plant in July. Kidron spent approximately six months planning how
could be adapted to produce the company's product line. Modifications
retooling began in March 2004, and the first Kidron vans produced in
were delivered in May.
“‘Our first order was for 283 trucks,’
says. ‘We hit
100% efficiency after building just 42 vans, and we completed the order
“Dolan credits an experienced workforce
fast start. ‘We primarily have long-term employees here,’ Dolan says.
some recent hires, but a lot of our employees were here when Grumman
producing the LLV order in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Some of them
even here when the foundation for this plant was poured in 1972.’
“‘This plant has had a culture of
manufacturing. Grumman was
a company that was committed to that idea. If they needed a bulkhead,
would machine it out of titanium and aluminum billets. That approach
here — we have granite measuring tables and huge press brakes that you
don't see at most truck body manufacturing plants.’
“Dolan was director of engineering at the
plant in Sturgis, Michigan, when potential buyers for the plant began
inquiries about the Grumman Olson properties. He also had extensive
with the Montgomery plant during the LLV days.
“‘I met the suitors, including
representatives of SVC,’
Dolan says. ‘Some of the potential buyers really didn't understand what
plant is all about. They viewed a lot of the features of this plant as
things that were in the way. We didn't want to have to convince them of
possibilities that this plant could provide. With all the industrial
engineering that went into this plant, it would have been a shame for
to rip out everything and produce for themselves a 275,000-sq-ft box.
though (Kidron's president), recognized immediately that this plant
us to build what we don't currently build and to be more efficient
things we do.’”
July 1, 2012 edition of Trailer and Body
“Company's plant in Kansas builds Hackney
“For the first time since the merger of
Kidron and Hackney,
the products of both companies are being built in the same plant.
beverage body plant in Independence KS has been expanded to accommodate
of the refrigerated van bodies built by Kidron.
“Not every hybrid contains an engine
and an electric
motor. Take the newly ‘hybridized’ Hackney and Kidron plant in
Kansas, for example.
“It's been almost a decade since two of
truck body manufacturing companies — Hackney and Kidron — became sister
companies. During that time, Hackney plants built Hackney products, and
plants built Kidron products. The two operations mostly shared
rather than manufacturing space. Until now.
“The VT Hackney plant in Independence,
Kansas, is the first
to house production of both — the beverage body and trailer line that
builds and the refrigerated bodies that are the hallmark of Kidron.
“But Kidron recognized the potential to
facility as a manufacturing base for serving the Southwest, and
Hackney plant by more than 50% in order to create space to manufacture
refrigerated van bodies.
“In making the move, it is now much closer
to major population
centers in Texas (now the nation's second-most populous state), along
Colorado, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
“‘We have a good sister company with a
here in Independence,’ says John Sommer, executive vice-president. ‘It
great place for us to invest.’
“Hackney first opened the plant in 1972.
Located on 28
acres, the facility consisted of 140,300 square feet of manufacturing
warehouse space, along with 6,600 square feet of offices.
“To meet Kidron's manufacturing
requirements, the company
expanded the main assembly building with a 54,250-sq-ft addition. The
and final installation building was enlarged by 18,000-sq-ft.
“The entire process took less than a year.
The company broke
ground June 14, 2011, and began limited production May 1.
“‘We hired a general contractor to build
other than that, we did the entire project with existing staff,’ says
Spears, plant manager. ‘That includes either finding or building all of
fixtures. And we did it while taking care of the normal Hackney
production — at
a time when demand for Hackney beverage bodies was really beginning to
“Contributors to the project included
engineer; Steve Potter, production manager; and Ron Hannigan, materials
“Construction for the expanded facility
began July 1 last
year. And while the building was being constructed, a group of Hackney
employees went to Kidron headquarters in Ohio for training.
“‘We posted a notice to see if anyone
Sears says. ‘We needed nine, and 20 people volunteered.’
“The nine who were selected spent two
Hackney in turn hired nine new people to replace the skilled personnel
transferred to the Kidron side of the plant.
“Sears, a Hackney veteran, also spent time
Kidron product. He studied the company's plants in Kidron, Ohio, and
Montgomery, Pennsylvania, in search of best practices that could be
“The building was completed January 31.
However, the plant
was far from complete. Fixtures had to be installed, and some plans
changed as people had new ideas. Here is one example:
“‘Kansas is tornado country,’ Sears says.
‘We are required
to have a tornado shelter. As we looked at the heavy structural steel
were using to build our elevated roofing station, it occurred to us
could use the area beneath the roofing station as our tornado shelter.
some heavy steel walls around the beams and now have a shelter that is
stronger than what we had planned. More than 70 people can gather
roofing station in the event of a tornado.’
“Refrigerated van bodies and beverage
different products with major differences in the way they are
example, most of the welding is done on the floors of refrigerated
Beverage bodies, however, involve a significant amount of welding
They also require a fair amount of fabrication — including major
the chassis frame rails.
“For refrigerated vans, insulation quality
is key. It is
primarily an assembly process with very limited fabrication required.
Generally, the bodies are mounted with no significant alterations
“‘We alter frames every day,’ Sears says.
‘So if we get a
chassis for a Kidron order that needs alteration, we are ready to do
know exactly what's required.’
“Even the basic material flow is different
for the two
product lines. Hackney beverage bodies have been and will continue to
stall-built. The plant has six assembly stations where Hackney products
produced. By contrast, Kidron uses a cellular manufacturing approach to
subassemblies that are fed into an assembly line.
“Ramping up production
“Kidron is only in the first few weeks of
production at the
“‘We have a good backlog,’ Sears says. ‘By
the end of 2012,
we expect to be building 15 bodies a week, and we will be pushing for
“The additional production is well within
what the plant is designed
to be able to build. When at top speed, the plant should be able to
seven bodies a day — 35 per week — on a single shift.
“‘We have an experienced workforce here,’
Sears says. ‘Our
average employee has 17 years experience with us.’
“A lengthy history
“Much like the people who work there,
have been serving their respective markets for many years. Hackney,
Washington, North Carolina, has been specializing in beverage bodies
trailers for more than 60 years. Beyond that, the Hackney family traces
roots back to England where it built four-wheeled horse-drawn carriages
as Hackney coaches. The first know coach of this type was built in 1619.
“Kidron also started as a family business.
Two of the three
generations of the Sommer family continue to work there.
“The two companies are now owned by VT
Systems (VTS) is an
integrated engineering group serving the aerospace, electronics, land
and marine sectors. VTS has 5,100 employees worldwide.”
October 1, 2012 issue of Trailer and Body
“VT Hackney opens plant in Kansas, plans
truck body production
“VT Hackney Inc, a unit of VT Systems Inc,
plans to increase
production of its Kidron insulated and refrigerated truck bodies by
50% per year with its recently opened 70,000-square-foot production
“The facility provides the company the
capacity to produce
more than 2,000 insulated and refrigerated truck bodies annually.
“Completed in less than a year, the new
Kidron's ColdShield system, the latest technology used at the plant. A
temperature management system, ColdShield is offered exclusively in
refrigerated distribution truck bodies and trailers. A critical
ColdShield is a state-of-the-art foaming system that lets Kidron truck
protect refrigerated products by maintaining cold temperatures longer.
“About 250 people attended the grand
the Kidron production facility July 12. Attendees included employees,
business representatives, state and local leaders, and company
“‘This is an historic day for our company,
the city of Independence,’ said Mike Tucker, president and chief
Press Release dated September 25, 2013
“VT Hackney, Inc. (VT Hackney), a company
Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Kidron Metal Products,
custom manufactured cabs, operator cab enclosures, cabins, and
fabrications, has unveiled a new website. Kidroncabs.com will
automotive and original equipment manufacturers seeking to outsource
specialized parts and components required to complete finished
Kidron Metal Products has developed a niche in manufacturing sectors
construction, agriculture, rail car, automotive, and utility.
“Tom Dannemiller, Director of Sales and
Metal Products, said, ‘Our Metal Products division has flourished since
economy has rebounded. We felt the need to create a stronger brand
online, while establishing a convenient way for our customers and
customers to communicate with us and learn more about our capabilities.’
“Kidron Metal Products is located in
OH, and shares
production and support services with Kidron Truck Bodies.
Kidron Metal Products operated under the Kidron Truck Body brand and
website. With the launch of kidroncabs.com, Kidron Metal Products
also be introducing a new logo to further differentiate the brand to
“‘Tom and his team have done an
job of building
Metal Products and capturing new business. Kidron Metal Products
ready to be a stand-alone brand to be more focused in reaching out to a
market of customers and exploring new possibilities in the custom metal
products arena,’ remarked Mike Tuker, VT Hackney President.
“VT Hackney, headquartered in Washington,
N.C.is one of the
nation’s leading specialty truck body and trailer manufacturers,
products to a diverse group of markets under the leading Hackney and
brands. Today, VT Hackney operates manufacturing facilities in four
has 24 assembly and service partners worldwide. The company has
trademarks in 40 countries and serves customers in over 60 countries
“VT HACKNEY, a company of VT Systems, is
manufacturer in North America for specialized truck bodies and trailers
services multi-stop food and beverage service distributors and
emergency rescue departments. With its two leading brands, Hackney and
VT Hackney specializes in beverage truck bodies and trailers, emergency
bodies and trailers, contractor services truck bodies and
refrigerated truck bodies and trailers. Please visit www.vthackney.com
“VT SYSTEMS is an engineering company
solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace,
electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative
products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and
software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP
communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice
video; rugged computers and computer peripherals; specialized truck
trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment;
design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems
globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please
“MIKE TUCKER - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
“Mr.Tucker's leadership is founded in his
many years of
experience and success in the food, dairy and beverage industries,
strong commitment to top-notch customer service that now benefits
customers. In 1990, he joined the Hackney Division -- like Kidron, also
of VT Hackney. At Hackney, he held many leadership positions in
sales prior to being appointed president in 2001.
“JOHN SOMMER SR. - EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
“Mr. Sommer is a second generation
and well known in the refrigerated distribution industry. He continues
and provide leadership for Kidron, with which he has now been
over 50 years.
“JOHN SOMMER JR. - SALES AND MARKETING
“Mr. Sommer, a third generation founding
works with national accounts and handles the day to day market
for the company. His previous sales experience in the truck equipment
includes three years with a leading liftgate manufacturer where he
various management and marketing positions. Sommer earned his Bachelor
Science in Business Administration/Marketing from The University of
“Sommer’s career in the industry started
Corporation before he joined Kidron in 1998. Throughout his time
Kidron, Sommer has held various management positions in areas of
service, marketing and sales. Before his promotion, Sommer served
years as National Accounts Director.
“The Kidron brand represents leadership in
says Sommer. 'We are blessed with an experienced employee base
exceptional sales team. I look forward to the new challenge and
continuing the success of Kidron Truck Products.' Sommer is a
business graduate of the University of Akron and continues to live in
area with his wife, Carey, and three children.”
© 2015 Mark
Theobald for Coachbuilt.com