Everyone's along for a ride
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - As the saying goes, where thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s smoke, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fire. For Ohio Valley Communications, the same can be said about business opportunities. Ever since Toyota built a manufacturing plant nearby, the local economy has grown and so has the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s workload.
In 1998, Ohio Valley secured a contract to outfit ToyotaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new manufacturing facility with fire and security systems. The 400-million-square-foot plant, where automobiles such as the Sienna and Sequoia are produced, features SimplexGrinnell fire alarms, in addition to security cameras, recorders and paging system.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our economyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been good since Toyota came here. It brings other businesses with it,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Vice President Steve Hammer. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been the biggest boon for us.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Indeed, the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yearly revenue has jumped from about $1.6 million pre-Toyota to approximately $2.4 million in 2004. In addition to the car manufacturer, Ohio Valley handles fire and alarm work for the nearby Bristol-Myers Squibb facility and St. MaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Medical Center.
Revenue from fire alarm installations equals between 20 percent to 25 percent of the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s overall business, according to Hammer. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We could survive with just fire alarms,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Founded in 1936, the company is focused exclusively on commercial work. The company does not target private businesses solely, but public sector organizations as well.