Marmon/Keystone Officially Opens
Known internationally as the “pipe and tubing people,” Marmon/ Keystone was officially welcomed to the community at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to inaugurate its new manufacturing facility in the Fulton County Business Park.
Norman Gotshalk, retiring president of Marmon Distribution Services, told the gathering of community leaders that this was his last open house. “I’ve done a few of them. I started 25 years ago when we had eight locations. We now have 61.” He went on to say that it was no accident that they had chosen Fulton County. “You’ve been easy to work with and we couldn’t ask for anything more and we’re not here by accident. We’ve been doing business with JLG Industries for 20 years,” Gotshalk said. “We like the county and we hope to be a good, responsible neighbor,” he said.
The new 43,000-square-foot building, built by Palmer Construction Co., is 25 percent larger than the former leased location, with the extra space adding to business capacity. The building is located behind Community State Bank and Tri-State Community Health Center just off Secrist Springs Drive.
Master of ceremonies David Washabaugh, president of the Fulton County Industrial Development Association, introduced special guest speakers Nancy Bull, representing Congressman Bill Shuster; Fulton County commissioners Rodney McCray and Craig Cutchall, Clyde Bookheimer, FIDA executive director; and Brenda Gordon, who presented a plaque on behalf of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. Ayr Township supervisors were also in attendance, together with many community leaders.
In addition to retiring Presi- dent Gotshalk, Marmon/Keystone officials included incoming President Alan Wilkinson, Marmon Distribution President J.T. “Tim” Spatafore and local manager Tim Wamba.
Marmon/Keystone operates more than 60 locations throughout North America, Mexico and Western Europe, employing more than 1,200 people. The company, with corporate offices in Butler, Pa., is a leading wholesale distributor of tubular products for more than 100 years and inventories more than 15,000 sizes and grades of carbon, alloy, stainless and aluminum tubular and bar products. Locally the company cuts metal for JLG Industries.
Marmon/Keystone and affiliate companies are owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment company.