Manufacturing company stakes claim in Devola

A new manufacturing business based in Mineral Wells, W.Va. has landed in Devola. The company celebrated its official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon and highlighted the 2,500 tons of product the company produces annually.

Somerville Industries, Inc., a full-service manufacturer of aluminum, carbon steel and stainless steel products and equipment for Midwest and Mid-Atlantic markets all the way into Canada, recently moved into 32,000 square foot facility and 4,200 square foot office building on Townhall Road in Devola.

The family-owned company opened in 1968 and has 40 employees between its two locations, with 15 in Devola and about 25 in its original Mineral Wells facility.

“Any future hiring will be done on a rolling basis, with the ebb and flow of the market,” said Peggy Somerville, administrative manager of the company. “We’re not the kind of company that hires big and then lays off, but instead we like to have a core of full-time employees that are here for the long-term.”

The company specializes in fabricated products, with everything from benches to walkways to ladders, with a wide range of welding, drilling and cutting equipment.

Just a year ago, owner Steve Somerville said the company had no plans to expand into Ohio, but plans were changed with a recent jump in the market.

“None of this growth could be possible without the people we surround ourselves with in the community,” he said. “All the businesses, banks, attorneys, everyone, made our transition into Ohio possible, and they all carry over our commitment to quality.”

Charlotte Keim, president of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, said the expansion of Somerville is a great sign for Marietta’s future.

“So often when we get new businesses it’s retail or service, so it’s nice to see a manufacturing facility thrive here in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” she said.

The company has already been fully operating for about five months, but used the ribbon cutting and reception to introduce itself formally to the community.

“In a time of economic hardship, it’s great to see manufacturing companies recognize the need to invest in the area’s workforce,” said Congressman Bill Johnson, R-Ohio. “And because of these companies, we’re going to get a lot of new jobs.”

Somerville Industries, Inc. hopes to utilize its dual facilities to further supply nearby companies that have been thriving from the coal, oil and gas industries.

“Even if it’s not right here in the city of Marietta, any business is good for Marietta and good for the county,” said Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews. “We’re excited to have them aboard.”