West Ohio Tool Co. is a small family run business doing big things in Logan County! Starting as a tool sharpening business, Kerry and Kim Buchenroth began "Buck's Sharpening" out of their garage in 1989. With expanding services and customers, the business eventually outgrew the garage, a remodeled chicken coop/storage building and a steel building that was built on their property. By 2000, the Buchenroths moved to a new building at the Indian Lake Industrial Park and became known as what it is today: West Ohio Tool Co.
In 2019, Kerry had some health challenges, so Kaci (Kim & Kerry's daughter) and her husband, Rea stepped in to manage the company. Kaci had more than two decades of hands on experience. Kerry stayed on as a trusted advisor but unfortunately passed in 2021. Kerry’s vision combined with he and Kim’s work ethic, problem solving, customer service and dedication that built West Ohio Tool Co. lives on more than 30 years after clearing the initial space in their garage. Today, they are not only family owned still, but also 100% woman owned since Kim and Kaci are the current owners. Recently, West Ohio Tool was recognized as the cover story of womLEAD magazine and have certifications pending for WBENC, WOSB (Women Owned on the federal level) and Small Business.
West Ohio Tool Co. helps people solve problems by providing world class custom cutting tools in carbide, PCD and CBN. They manufacture new products and service used. They have also innovated a line called the "EdgeX4," which was developed for significantly longer tool life for significantly lower cost per hole. Some of the items that are made with their cutting tools are the NHL Hockey puck, wind turbines, rear brakes, John Deere small utility tractors/gators, parts for outer space, etc. Recently, West Ohio Tool had the privilege of submitting their first quote to NASA! The team loves to help others and loves what they do, which makes for a successful business. Their innovative ideas and business strategies have helped them thrive, even through the pandemic. This year, they are on pace for their highest year of sales ever!
Not only is their business thriving, but so is their community involvement. The West Ohio Tool team consistently volunteers for organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank and donates 10 meals to Feeding America for every new item manufactured. They also make it a priority to work on team building and bonding, which not only is positive for the employees but also for the business. It is no wonder why West Ohio Tool is being recognized for many awesome things, not only in Logan County but around the country. We are proud to have them in our community!
You can find more information about their story, products and accomplishments on their website: www.WestOhioTool.com and www.EdgeX4.com.
Please join us in congratulating West Ohio Tool in being the Logan County Chamber of Commerce April 2023 Business of the Month!