LEETONIA, Ohio (WYTV) – A company with two operations in Columbiana County has received two leadership awards from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States.
Humtown Products has received both an engineering and production technology award, along with one for talent management.
The additive manufacturing division of Humtown Products is located in what was the Mitsubishi tire plant in Leetonia.
“This is actually the largest commercialized sand operation in the United States right now,” said owner/president Mark Lamoncha.
Humtown Products was started by Lamoncha’s father, Russell, in 1959 as a pattern shop in Columbiana.
Now, Humtown also operates five 3D printers in the Leetonia plant. On Tuesday, it was building a core that goes inside a mold for a company that makes hydraulic pumps.
“It could be water, it could be sewage, it could be any kind of a liquid,” Lamoncha said.
One of Humtown’s awards from NAM was for engineering and production technology, for the company’s ability to use 3D manufacturing to make money.
“So much prototyping has been done with 3D printing, but commercializing on a scale like this had really not ever happened before,” Lamoncha said.
The second award for talent management leadership came from Humtown’s development of a program called Visual Earnings, which converts the company’s employees’ engagement and efficiency into real-time on a screen and computes a visual pay rate.
“I call it the ‘industrial athlete model’ where you’re moving away from managing and controlling and commanding people to empowering them and unleashing their potential,” Lamoncha said.
So not only is Humtown Products finding new ways to incentivize its employees, but it has also shortened the process of making parts from three months to less than a week.
“So this gives all of our customers the ability to get to market much faster with their prototyping,” Lamoncha said.
Giving Humtown customers what Lamoncha called the “Amazon experience.”
Humtown will be recognized among other world-class manufacturing companies such as Boeing, Ford, Lockheed Martin and Cisco at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which is put on by NAM. It will take place as a virtual event on Oct. 8, 2020.
Other winners in Humtown’s award categories include General Motors, IBM, Merck and Siemens Energy.