Tonnard Manufacturing Corp., 715 Spring St., was the focus of a plant tour today, September's stop in a series of tours implemented by Corry Mayor Dave Mitchell and Corry Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Rick Novotny to give city officials and the community an inside view of local industries.
Purchasing Manager John Gage brought the group on a walk through the facility.
In attendance was Mitchell, Novotny, Blue Zones Project Community Program Manager Jennifer Eberlein, Impact Corry Vice President Pat Goodsel, Corry Higher Education Council Executive Director Brody Howard, Tonnard Shop Foreman Manager Tim Foreman, Tool Room Foreman Logan Hunt, Office Manager Marcia Jones, Production Supervisor Curtis Martin, Corry Area School District Superintendent Sheri Yetzer, Councilman Steve Drake and Councilwoman Taree Hamilton.
Tonnard produces a variety of metal stamping, among other things, and is often the only supplier of products needed.
The company has many customers all over the United States and many located throughout Europe.
Tonnard has been in business for more than 50 years. The company provides customized services such as metal stamping and fabricating, painting, silk-screening and laser cutting, to name a few.
They work with a wide variety of metals including alloys.
Some industries that use Tonnard to make parts are aerospace, automotive, agriculture, health care, and military, among others that total about 45 different industries needing Tonnard’s products.
Tonnard employs design and layout craftsmen to their customization service.
While on the tour, Yetzer said that walking through the facilities during the plant tours really gives the chance to see the job opportunities available.
The tour ended with a meeting to give the chance for everyone to speak with Tonnard President Brian Bills.
Mitchell asked Bills a question he asks during every plant tour, “What can our local government do for you?”
Bills pointed out that Tonnard is in Corry because of all the people he employs, who work hard to make his business a successful enterprise. He said he would like to see someone recruiting people to move to Corry, giving all the local industries a larger pool of residents to employ.
Gage commented during the tour that there are a lot more machine presses at Tonnard than there are operators.
"I believe in Corry, otherwise I wouldn't be here," Bills said. "All of these people, even the young people here that are our future — they are the ones that build it."
Bills continued to say that the question needed to be posed to the people of Corry instead of him.
"Having a job supplies the income but that income gets distributed throughout Corry, through the people that work here. What do they think we need? What are their ideas? I am just one person," Bills said. "If you are visiting a hundred people, that's 10 percent of what you are trying to change."
Tonnard is ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified by NSF International Strategic Registrations, with the American National Standards Institute/American Society of Quality Control National Accreditation Board.
More information can be found at tonnard.com.
Gage and Bills revealed that when economic conditions allow, Tonnard will be moving to a Route 6 facility, but have not designated a timeline for the move.