Paradigm move is short on distance,
With customers ranging from AK Steel
to the local hobbyist, machine
shop expects a busy future.
By Thomas Gnau
Thursday, January 24, 2008
DAYTON — Around Paradigm Industrial
Inc., there's a saying.
"We can fix everything except a broken
heart," quipped Chuck Grandin, Paradigm president.
Fixing and maintenance is what Paradigm
does, on everything from tools that alter prosthesis parts to
industrial shafts to much more.ers include Butler
County's AK Steel Corp., as well as construction companies and
hospitals. But Gr On one day, one of Paradigm's 35 employees will
work on a surgical tool. The next day, he may work on a stabilizer
bar for a bulldozer.
Paradigm recently moved barely a
block north on Stanley Avenue, from a 4,000-square-foot home at 1254
Stanley to its 10,200-square-foot home at 1345 Stanley.
It's a jaunt short on distance and
long on confidence: According to the city of Dayton, which approved
a $50,000 grant to assist the move, it will allow the company to
create 10 positions at an average annual salary of $34,560 during
the next three years.
With a machine shop and welding
shop, the company's biggest customandin and Rick Stamps, Paradigm vice president,
emphasize that they work, too, for small businesses, including the
fledgling machinist starting out in a two-car garage or even the
hobbyist who collects vintage fire engines.
The company's biggest
customer last year was Delphi Corp., which leads to the biggest
question facing the firm in 2008: How will Delphi, which hopes to
emerge from bankruptcy protection before April, fare? Delphi has
closed a plant in Moraine and plans to close another on Home Avenue
Paradigm has worked for Delphi in Kettering and Dayton,
but also for a Delphi plant in Mexico. Already, Grandin and Stamps
have made contact with Tenneco Inc., a company Delphi has said may
buy its Kettering plant.
Said Stamps, "I just hope we have the same
rapport with the people who buy that plant."
Grandin and Stamps have
roots in what today are Delphi facilities. Both men retired from
General Motors in 1999 before starting Paradigm with the assistance
of several partners.
"We were much too young to quit working,"
All employees so far have been GM veterans who knew
each other when they worked for the automaker. Rarely do Grandin and
Stamps need to give new employees extensive interviews.
they likely have worked together before.
Paradigm Industrial Inc.
New home: 1345 Stanley Ave., Dayton
sent out 35 W-2 forms for 2007.
Latest investment: About $85,000 in
renovating new offices and work spaces.
Revenue: About $200,000 in
its first year in business (1999-2000). About $1.25 million in 2007.
Services: Welding, maintenance, repair, machining, assistance with
new product launches.
Quote: "The Dayton economy is pretty solid for
us, for what we do." — Rick Stamps, Paradigm vice president.
Sources: Chuck Grandin, Rick Stamps
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