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Industry magazine names Wadsworth's Luke Engineering a top shop

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WADSWORTH — The Wadsworth-based Luke Engineering and Manufacturing Co. has been named one of the top finishing shops in North America for 2019 by an industry publication.

Company President Chris Jurey said Monday that the company received word about its recognition from Products Finishing about one month ago.

“It is great,” Jurey said. “Products Finishing is the magazine recognized in our industry as the place to go to, so it is wonderful to be recognized there.”

According to a statement from the company, the magazine utilized a benchmarking survey to analyze hundreds of finishing companies in several different areas of business, including current finishing technology, finishing practices and performances, business strategies and performances, and training and human resources.

“Luke Engineering has established itself as one of the best finishing operations in the industry,” Tim Pennington, editor of the Cincinnati-based magazine, said in the statement.

“The criteria we used was very stringent, and only the top finishing shops that excelled in all four areas made the list.”

“Luke Engineering is in rare air when it comes to finishing operations,” Pennington added.

Kathy Breitenbucher of the Medina County Economic Development Corp. said Monday that media recognition can help showcase a small company and what it can accomplish.

“It certainly gives validity to a small business when they are a local hometown company that is getting national recognition or even regional recognition,” she said.

Jurey said the company has more than 50 years experience in coating aluminum to provide both a better finish and longer lasting product.

“It can be anything made out of aluminum; there is military, there is automotive stuff, there is aerospace stuff,” he said.

Jurey said while the company does business with “a good number” of people in Northeast Ohio, it also attracts customers nationwide due to the services offered.

Bethany Dentler, executive director of Medina County Economic Development Corp., said Monday that trade publications can help her organization know what is going on better and help better support them in the community.

“Sometimes (a company) is not connected to their own local community because they are doing some things at the national level,” Dentler said.

“If we hear about awards like this then we can help them get connected to their local and regional potential customers and vendors as they find out about awards like this.”

Dentler said Luke Engineering has been an active participant in its “Made in Medina County” events in the past, maintaining a local involvement in the community.

Only 50 companies were recognized as a “Top Shop” based on the magazine’s surveying, and Jurey said it is the third time the company has received the designation.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.


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