EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was written in response to reader-submitted questions through Open Source, a platform where readers can ask Richland Source’s newsroom to investigate a question.
LEXINGTON ─ The 50,000-square-foot facility at Lexington Industrial Park has sat quietly for a while. But the sign outside reminds people that Mansfield Screw Machine Products Company once operated there.
A reader recently asked Richland Source a question about the business on the Open Source platform: What happened to Swagelok’s short-lived operation at 145 Industrial Drive, Lexington, after they bought out Mansfield Screw Machine Products?
Richland Source previously reported that Swagelok bought Mansfield Screw Machine in April 2018 and hired all the company’s employees at that time with a goal to expand the operation.
Swagelok, based in Solon, is a developer and provider of fluid system products, assemblies, services and training, according to the company’s website. It serves industries such as oil and gas and semiconductor and had been Mansfield Screw Machine’s long-time customer before the acquisition.
John Lytell, senior global communications manager for Swagelok, said in an email that the company continued to make investments in maintaining and improving the 50,000-square-foot facility after acquiring Mansfield Screw Machine in 2018.
However, the age of the building and changing business needs made the operations in Lexington significantly cost-prohibitive, he said. Swagelok decided to move the operations, including its employees and equipment, to the company’s Strongsville facility in 2020.
Lytell said all the 26 associates in Lexington had an opportunity to transfer to Swagelok’s Strongsville location or any of its Northeast Ohio facilities. The company rented the property at Lexington Industrial Park. Lytell said the lease expired last year.
Mansfield Screw Machine was a four-generation family business founded in 1945 on Orchard Street in Mansfield. It was once a supplier for Westinghouse and Tappan in its early years, according to previous Richland Source reporting.
The company moved to Lexington in 1980 after the business outgrew previous locations. According to Production Machining, a publication focusing on the precision machining industry, Mansfield Screw Machine specialized in machining stainless steel and also served analytical instrumentation, oil and gas and semiconductors industries with precision parts made with brass, copper and other materials.
Lexington Mayor Brian White said the building on Industrial Drive is still owned by the business’ previous owners. He said the facility is in good shape and he hopes another company will start operating there soon.
Sources tell Richland Source the facility on Industrial Drive has been sold to Forrest Machine Products, which will occupy it May 1. It will be moving from its South Illinois Avenue location.