Welcome to the North Coast

Terry Gillian
Terry Gillian

Lake Erie, Cleveland Browns, Great Lakes Science Center, The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum, Cedar Point, Pro Football Hall Of Fame, Cleveland Cavaliers, Put-In-Bay, Bridgestone Invitational, All American Soapbox Derby.

Northeast Ohio has twenty State Parks and five State Forests providing hundreds of miles of hiking trails, boating, kayaking and educational opportunities.  The Cleveland Clinic ranks fourth of the top hospitals in the nation.  Six of the top ten Ohio colleges and universities are in NE Ohio.  Fishing, camping, hunting, night life, theater, shopping, sports, are all prevalent and enjoyed here.  These are a few things that help to make Northeast Ohio a unique place to live and great place to visit.

Ohio has produced people that inspire, entertain and educate us: musicians from Dean Martin to Devo and actors like Paul Newman, Clark Gable, Halle Berry and a host of others.  Some famous and infamous Ohioans include George Custer, Steven Spielberg, Tom Murdough, Ulysses Grant, Superman, Sherman McKinniss, Tecumsech, Benjamin Davis, Robert Dunne, Curtis LeMay, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Harry Howard, Judy Resnick, Orville & Wilbur Wright, Thomas Edison, Thomas Schidel, Macy Gray, Bud LaMont, Charles & Marilyn Manson, Phil Dodge, Elizabeth Blackwell, Bud Boyce, John Brown, Harry Covington, Clarence Darrow, Bruce Muller, Jerry Rubin, Bob Smith, Barry Aubrey, Gloria Steinem, Steve Osborn, Jeffery Dahmer, Donald DeFreeze, Anthony Sewell, and Terry Gillian.

Modern rotational molding got its start here in the early 1960s. An Akron company, McNeil-Akron, teamed up with a toy manufacturer in Barberton OH, The Sun Rubber Company, to develop a machine to produce hollow vinyl toys.  Sun Rubber had the rights from Disney to produce their molded rubber toys and wanted to make them of vinyl.  McNeil-Akron designed the familiar 3-arm Roto-Cast machine for Sun Rubber and later bought the rights to the machine. FEMCO (Falls Engineering & Machine Company), a division of McNeil-Akron produced the machines for a while before McNeil-Akron moved FEMCO in-house in about 1976 and started producing the machines there.  The first Rotational Molding Development Center (RMDC) was at Akron University.  McNeil donated a 3-arm Turret Roto-Cast machine for development, education and training.

We all welcome you to the North Coast.  Enjoy your stay and the ARM meeting.  We hope you leave with a favorable impression of our area and look forward to your return.

Terry Gillian is responsible for sales at Paladin Sales. He is a member of the Rotational Molding Hall of Fame.

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