Alco brings 35 manufacturing jobs to Oberlin

By Laurie Hamame -

Alco, a steel manufacturer, is set to open in Oberlin with 35 new jobs.

Headquartered in Elyria, Alco is the largest independent provider of precision machined components used in hydraulic hose fittings, air conditioning and refrigeration couplings, tube fittings, adapters, and other fluid power components.

The corporation has three other locations in Illinois and Michigan.

The new production center is located in the Oberlin Industrial Park, filling a vacant 48,000-square-foot space on Sterns Road.

The computer numeric controlled machining side of the building will be fully operational by Oct. 13, and the distribution center will be ready by Jan. 31, 2018. CNC machines are automated, using coded instructions and computer technology to manufacture industrial components.

All CNC equipment is being moved from the Elyria plant to Oberlin, opening up jobs in machine operation and metal cutting, said director Brian Cunningham.

People graduating out of the CNC program at Lorain County’s Junior Vocational School or the advanced manufacturing program at Lorain County Community College would be high in demand, said planning director Carrie Handy.

The company has more than 550 employees and produces more than 130 million components annually, supplying engineered steel, brass and aluminum machined products.

“We’re happy to have new jobs that our residents can get to without having to travel,” said Handy. “In a town the size of Oberlin, 35 jobs is a pretty significant number.

Laurie Hamame can be reached 440-755-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

By Laurie Hamame