Enerfab Inc.
Steeling for the Future
Enerfab Inc. is a diversified company specializing in process solutions, heavy construction, custom fabrication, clean air solutions and maintenance services for the power generation, food and beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical markets. Founded at the turn of the last century as the Bishopric Products Co., it originally served the brewing industry.

Last year, the company’s revenue was $671 million, a 71 percent increase from 2007. Much of the firm’s recent growth is attributed to its expansion into the power utility industry.

“While many companies have recently found themselves in ominous financial situations, Enerfab is poised to sustain continued growth through further diversification of our business units and the customers whom we serve,” says Wendell R. Bell, vice chairman and CEO. “These are certainly challenging times for all groups, but we view this as a perfect opportunity to reinvest.”
 
COMPANY: Enerfab Inc.
LOCATION: Winton Place
PRIVATE OR PUBLIC: Private
FOUNDED: 1901
NUMBER OF LOCAL EMPLOYEES: 340
CEO / PRESIDENT: Wendell R. Bell
WEB ADDRESS: www.enerfab.com
MANUFACTURES: Custom-designed steel-plated process systems
 
Freeman Schwabe Machinery
A Cut Above
If you have an Ohio driver’s license, you have Freeman Schwabe to thank for the magnetic strip on the back. The state of Ohio is one of the firm’s many satisfied clients.

A manufacturer of die cutting presses, cutting machines and automatic cutting systems, Freeman Schwabe supplies a wide range of industries in the USA and worldwide. Its customer base includes the following sectors: Packaging, medical products, auto interior, foam and paper.

Over the past three years, the company has experienced 60 percent growth. “We are focused on delivering custom cutting solutions,” says president Greg DeFisher.
 
COMPANY: Freeman Schwabe Machinery
LOCATION: Batavia
PRIVATE OR PUBLIC: Private
FOUNDED: 2006
NUMBER OF LOCAL EMPLOYEES: 18
CEO/PRESIDENT: Greg DeFisher
WEB ADDRESS: www.freemanschwabe.com
MANUFACTURES: Die cutting presses, machines and automated cutting systems

It’s a Wrap Ideas LLC
Bringing Whimsy to Ordinary Objects
After years of designing theater sets and costumes for school plays, moms Robin Acree and Wendy Robbins decided to strike out on their own, opening their business, It’s a Wrap Ideas, two years ago. “We started the business as a cottage industry from our dining rooms and have worked diligently as it grew so quickly its first two years,” Robbins says.
The firm designs coffee cup sleeves and other products that marry function with style and allow customers to express their own personality.

The company grossed $1.9 million in 2008, employing 15 full-timers, eight part-timers and about 10 outside seamstresses on contract.
 
COMPANY: It’s a Wrap Ideas LLC
LOCATION: Erlanger
PRIVATE OR PUBLIC: Private
FOUNDED: 2007
NUMBER OF LOCAL EMPLOYEES: 17
CEO/PRESIDENT: Robin Acree and Wendy Robbins
WEB ADDRESS: www.itsawrapideas.com
MANUFACTURES: Small embroidered and personalized items for the gift industry