|7/1/2020 11:36:00 AM|
Local company celebrates success
Four generations of an expanding company broke ground last month with promises of even more growth in future years.
|Thomas Layman is oblivious to what his dad, Kyle, is talking about at the groundbreaking for his family’s new factory. That dirt is so interesting! EDC Director Kathy Ertel is amused as she and Mayor Mike Ochs prepare to give remarks for the auspicious occasion.—Staff Photo|
|Kyle Layman was joined by key project people and honored guests at the groundbreaking for his new plant. From left to right are: Jamie Westfall, project manager for Ferguson Construction; Joe Studer, project supervisor for Ferguson; Shawn Gerkin, NV Clerk-Treasurer; Mike Ochs, NV Mayor; Kyle Layman, president of Layman Fabrication, Inc.; Greg Hicks, president of the NV Redevelopment Commission; and Clay Smith, general manager for Ferguson in Indy.—Staff Photo by Barbara King|
Layman Fabrication, Inc., founded in 2003, announced in February it had landed a sizable contract with Honda and thus needed to expand to a larger facility. The North Vernon Redevelopment Commission embraced the project and obliged with an agreement to grant the locally owned company 10 acres it owned adjacent to Layman's current facility at 350 North and 75 West; to provide a tax abatement; and to purchase its current facility for $510,000, which the NVRC will now use as a site to attract new industry.
The groundbreaking for the new $1.2 million 24,000 sq. ft. facility represents a major step for Kyle Layman, who now runs the company his father, Doug, started back in 2003. The elder Layman branched out on his own after working for Hacker Fabrications. On the very first day at his new business, Doug recalls his dream was affirmed when he received an order from Impact Forge in Columbus.
At that time, "I knew it was gonna happen," he recalled.
And he was right.
Today, Kyle has taken over the business and operates with 18 employees in an 12,400 sq. ft. facility. The company makes or "fabricates" a wide variety of items for industry.
The company became a certified vendor for Honda North America in 2019, which will bring work to Layman from over 10 Honda plants in North America.
The Honda contract necessitated a larger building as well as an expansion of the workforce from the company's current 18 employees to 24. Kyle's goal is to continue to grow the company to as many as 80 employees.
A 2009 graduate of JCHS, Kyle has worked at the company since he was 16 and took over as president four years ago. He was joined at the groundbreaking by his wife, Brittany, a former school teacher; their son, Thomas, who stole the show with his front and center fascination with shovels and dirt; Kyle's dad, Doug; and grandparents Don and Carol Layman.
Ferguson Construction, an Ohio-based company actually began work on June 1, said Jamie Westfall, project manager. Ferguson is the company that built the local GT facility and had also built the Honda factory in Greensburg.
While the contract date completion date is October, the Ferguson crew's personal goal is to have the factory completed the second week of September.
The actual groundbreaking was a joyous occasion as the Laymans' toddler sat front and center playing in the dirt as his dad spoke of the occasion's significance.
Also speaking were EDC Director Kathy Ertel who noted how exciting it was for the EDC to assist a local person achieve his/her dreams.
NV Redevelopment Commission President Greg Hicks was the EDC's first director 34 years ago. He recalled how the first project back then was helping Wendall Azbell's CEW company recover after a fire. The EDC has made significant and long-lasting contributions over the years, he noted.
Mayor Mke Ochs recalled how he had lived next door to the Laymans' relatives and what "fine people" they were. "I know they are looking down from heaven," he said.
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