Buckeye Machine Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Posted by Angie Wigle


Forest, OH,  February 2014

In January 2014, Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc. celebrated the 40th year anniversary of its automated industrial equipment business and manufacturing facility in Forest, Ohio.

In 1967, D. Ray Marshall decided he wanted to own and operate a machine shop.  With several years of experience as a tool room machinist and building racecars, Ray began building various items such as basement supports, basketball posts, picnic tables and other items out of his garage.  In 1969, he rented a small building, borrowed some money and began working as a salesman during the day and building equipment and parts at night.  It was also in 1969, that he hired his first employee.   

In 1974, Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc. was incorporated and a new 5500 sq. ft. facility was built.  New employees were hired and a quality control system was implemented.  Through the years Buckeye has continued to grow adding mechanical and electrical engineers, a sales team, administrative support, machinists, welders, and assemblers.  What started out as a small machine shop has evolved into a complex manufacturing facility that designs and builds automated industrial solutions, robotic systems, and precision machined parts.  The modern, well equipped facility now has over 80,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and office space. 

 “Our continued success has been driven by our workforce,” said Neal Boyd, Vice President of Operations.  “Over the past 40 years, we have developed a very diverse customer base who has entrusted us for our innovative ideas, quality workmanship, competitive price, and on-time delivery.”

For the last 40 years Buckeye Machine has continued to reinvest in the business with the purchase of machinery, the expansion of the facilities, and the commitment to leading edge technology.  Buckeye has also been an avid supporter to the local community through continued charitable donations and community projects. 

“As the President and Owner of Buckeye Machine Fabricators, I am both honored and grateful in having reached such a milestone”, said D. Ray Marshall.  “I am very thankful for great employees and the support of my loving wife Nancy and my family, without which I would not have been afforded the opportunity to spend my life pursuing my dreams and growing Buckeye Machine into the business it has become.  After several expansions in recent years and the purchase of additional acreage, we are now in a position to expand our output, increase our workforce, and activate a 10 year plan that will allow for continued growth and expansion to our product line and facilities.  I am very excited to see what the next decade brings for Buckeye Machine as it reaches its golden anniversary in 2024.  Thank you to all of our customers, employees, and local community for making this possible.”

Buckeye Machine plans on enjoying a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary with numerous events and activities including Employee Appreciation Day, Customer Appreciation Day, Promotional Events, Website Giveaways, and more.