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Micro: Celebrating 50 Years of Manufacturing and Growing
American Micro Products, Inc. celebrates 50-Year Anniversary during
period of rapid business expansion.
BATAVIA, OHIO (October, 2006) - American Micro Products, Inc. recently
kicked off a year-long celebration of its 50 years in business.
Headquartered in a 140,000 square foot facility in Batavia, Ohio, American
Micro is a privately owned manufacturer that has not only survived recent
decades of U.S. and Midwestern manufacturing attrition, but enters its 50th
year in the unique position of being one of the fastest growing businesses
in the Greater Cincinnati, tri-state area.
Gerard Paroz, a Swiss immigrant, founded the
company in August, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After leaving the Gruen Watch
Company, he sought to supply the local business community with high
precision machined parts using Swiss turning technology, a field in which
Gerard had become an expert.
Eventually supplying high-precision and
micro-precision solutions for some of the worlds largest OEMs in the diesel
fuel systems, aerospace, medical device, energy and communications sectors,
American Micro has become a leading global supplier of precision
manufactured components and assemblies. To meet the needs of its growing
customer base, the company moved to its current Batavia manufacturing
facility in 1996. In 1998, American Micro Products acquired American
Connector Engineering, Inc., a manufacturer of circular, glass-to-metal,
hermetically sealed electrical connectors. American Micro has also developed
new business relationships in China, Malaysia and Switzerland to fulfill
demand from global OEM customers for precision products.
Starting in August, American Micro began
celebrating the half-century benchmark with a number of planned activities
to commemorate the milestone, including a recent company event for their 240
"Our unique expertise in high-precision
manufacturing has kept our business strong while other American
manufacturers have struggled to compete globally," notes American Micro CEO,
Pierre Paroz. "The special kind of work we do is difficult to send offshore
without the high level of engineering and operation expertise that we have
developed over the past 50 years."
Recognized as one of Cincinnati Business
Courier's "Fast 55" companies, American Micro has experienced a compound
average growth rate of 30% over the last 4 years. The company has
established an ambitious recruiting and training program for machine tool
operators and programmers with even higher growth projected over the next
several years. Recently cited by the Los Angeles Times for its aggressive
hiring plans, American Micro anticipates hiring 30 to 50 new employees over
the next year to fuel its rapidly expanding business.
To develop the highly specialized machining
skills needed by the company, the company has partnered with local leaders
in vocational education and the Ohio Department of Development's Industrial
Training Program. In fact, the company recently hired a full-time trainer to
develop the machining skills of its employees. "To fulfill the current and
future demands of our precision manufacturing business, we're constantly
seeking and developing people with critical machining and programming
skills," cites American Micro president Steve Kappers. "We feel very
fortunate to be a manufacturer which is expanding its employee base in the
Cincinnati community as we enter our 50th year."
Recognized for its business and philanthropic
contribution to the local area, American Micro was recently featured on
WCPO's (TV channel 9) "Beyond The Bottom Line" broadcast for its
community-minded commitment to helping and funding local charitable
For more information about American Micro and/or its connector products, contact American Micro Products, Inc., 4288 Armstrong Blvd., Batavia, OH 45103, Phone: (800) 479-2193, FAX: (513) 732-3535, Web site: www.american-micro.com.