2013-02-06 / News

Mayor Wyse Reviews 2012 Business News

Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, related several pieces of good news about the village business community during his Monday, Jan. 28 State of the Village address.

Wyse said Lauber Manufacturing, a woodworking business located on Stryker St., was sold to Clancy’s Cabinet Shop, rural Archbold. The property transfer was completed last month.

Lauber Manufacturing has long been an Archbold icon, and Wyse said he was disappointed to see it go. But, he said he was glad to see the company purchased by a local firm.

Wyse also noted the closing of Nu-Arch Lanes in Archbold. The bowling facility closed Dec. 11.

With the closing of Nu- Arch, the last Fulton County bowling alley has closed, Wyse said.

Wyse said there has been some interest in the facility.

Archbold Furniture, which moved back to Archbold in 2008 after a decade in West Unity, had a year of positive growth in 2012, Wyse said.

The company plans to add additional products, and employees, for 2013.

Archbold Medical Center will add an asthma and allergy clinic, starting in February.

Last year, Wyse said surgical procedures performed at the medical center were up 18%, from 1,060 in 2011 to 1,253 in 2012.

Woodworking

Sauder Woodworking, the largest employer in Archbold and Fulton County, had another good year of sales and production increases, Wyse said.

The company quietly added 130 new employees in 2012, he said.

“They remain optimistic for 2013,” Wyse said.

Sauder Manufacturing had an all-time-high sales volume during 2012, and added production capacity. He said the company added 39 employees last year.

Arrow Tru-Line reported 2012 was better than 2011, and for the first time in five years, the company added employees.

Wyse also said Farmers & Merchants State Bank is nearing completion of a new branch operation in Waterville, adding to the footprint of the locally-based financial institution.

Other Indicators

There were three new homes started in the village in 2012, up from one last year, he said.

Archbold municipal income tax collection for 2012 was up 4.6% from 2011. Wyse said the income tax can be an indicator of economic activity.

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