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1984, OGS started a packaging division called Mil-Pak,
an Akron-based packaging company that allowed OGS
to keep its packaging operations on site and maintain its
status as a direct government defense contractor. Progressive Stamping was acquired in 1991 for its heavier
press capabilities. It now has an in-house die shop and 3
In recent years, the company has picked up more steam
as it has made some acquisitions to grow its client base,
even if the acquisitions don't always fall within OGS's
core competency. One of these was Lehner Screw Machine Company, acquired in 2014. Lehner specializes in
critical tolerance machining of screw machine-type parts
for the military, aircraft, heavy equipment and various
A more recent acquisition was Royalton Manufacturing, acquired in 2016. Royalton specializes in high-precision small- to medium-sized turned and milled parts for
a variety of industries. Again, the company had a skill-set
that OGS lacked at the time. " One of our weak spots was
machining," Tom Bader recalls. "We didn't have the skillset or the mind-set, so they have filled a nice need for us."
Once acquired, a company is left relatively free to run
its operations, Bader says, with very little micromanagement. "What we do is figure out our weaknesses and
strengths, and let them run with it," he explains. "There
is a GM at every location, and they are expected to run it
as if it were their own company. I show up once a week to
keep the train on track, but if you give them a lot of trust,
they do a good job for you."
drivable car at the International Manufacturing Technology show back in 2014, and can print up to 30,000
pounds of material. "We really wanted to have that 'wow'
factor," says Tom Bader, who along with John Bader is
also a partner in AES. "Right now it is one of the world's
largest 3-D printers."
With a BAAM printer in-house, there is potential for
AES to expand its offerings, and very efficiently. "Currently, this machine can print up to 80 pounds of material in an hour," Andrew Bader says. "The capabilities
are tremendous. Due to the technology of the BAAM,
AES is able to offer tools and molds at nearly a 50 percent lead-time reduction."
Bader says there has been significant interest from the
aerospace sector, but the machine will be made available
globally to create molds and tooling for a variety of industries. "Right now, we have a lot of OEMs interested, there
are a lot of big names," he says. And the timing could not
be better as the third generation of Baders has made its
presence known. mt
expanding comfort zone
As it continues to look for new growth opportunities,
OGS continues to look outside of its comfort zone. Most
recently, the company announced a venture into 3-D
printing through its spin-off company, Additive Engineering Solutions (AES), which started in 2015.
AES began when Andrew Bader and partner Austin
Schmidt came across various applications for additive
manufacturing, or 3-D printing.
Originally, the company was started as a consultant
business, with no intentions of owning a 3-D printer. But
AES came across an opportunity too good to turn down
when it purchased a Cincinnati Inc.-built Big Area Additive Manufacturing Machine (BAAM), and thus became
a contract manufacturer as most BAAM machines are at
universities, labs or large companies.
This particular printer is well known for printing a
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