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Husted Declares September as “First Responders” Month

Top half says First Responders with a green background. Bottom half has logos for this month's OBP businesses.

COLUMBUS –  Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced September as “First Responders” Month. Throughout the month, the Ohio Business Profile program will highlight first responders and the Ohio businesses that support them.

There are more than 18,000 firefighters, 11,000 emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and 24,000 police and sheriff patrol officers in Ohio. In order to perform their jobs safely and efficiently, first responders need help from companies like the ones listed below.

“We are grateful for the service of first responders and all they do to protect and serve our communities, but we also know that they can’t do it alone,” Secretary Husted said. “Many Ohio-based businesses are producing products that help first responders in carrying out their work.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Red Head Brass, LLC (Shreve, Ohio) manufactures couplings and fittings for the domestic firefighting market. Although every sale is important, their main priority is to ensure the safety of the men and women using their products.
  • Shamrock Gear Restoration LLC (Hudson, Ohio) provides cleaning, inspection and repair services for firefighter protective apparel. With the owners having over 100 combined years of service as firefighters, their hope is to provide a peace of mind to those who risk their lives to protect others.
  • LION (Dayton, Ohio) keeps first responders from all over the world ready for action. They supply fire departments with custom personal and protective equipment, training tools, and maintenance programs.
  • FireCraft Safety Products (Columbus, Ohio) provides products worldwide that enhance the safety of firefighters and first responders. Their products range from firefighting gloves to gas detectors.
  • Rawhide Fire Hose, LLC (Wooster, Ohio) has made durable fire protection products its specialty since 1976. Having four warehouse locations, they are able to provide deliveries to customers within one or two days.
  • Fallsway Equipment Company (Akron, Ohio) has multiple service divisions within the company. These services include up-fitting for police cruisers, maintenance for fire and rescue vehicles, refurbishing for fire vehicles, and valet services for fire departments.
  • Sutphen Corporation (Dublin, Ohio) builds safe and reliable fire apparatus through innovation and customer focus. As a fully integrated custom manufacturer, they produce chassis, body, and aerial ladders from the ground up.
  • The Will-Burt Company (Orrville, Ohio) designs and builds telescopic masts, towers and positioners allowing customers to elevate equipment including cellular antennas, broadcast antennas, cameras and lights.

From 2010 to 2016, Ohio saw a 30.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses, and 2016 marked the seventh-consecutive record-breaking year for new businesses in the state.

Since taking office in 2011, Secretary Husted has made it a priority to offer better services to Ohio entrepreneurs and businesses at a lower cost. In 2013, he launched Ohio Business Central, which allows businesses to be created online with a significantly quicker turnaround time. This efficiency allowed the state to cut the fees associated with starting a new business by 21 percent in 2015. That same year, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program making it easy for new businesses to access free tools to help them get off the ground.

Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 to highlight Ohio companies that create transformative products, offer outstanding service, contribute to their local communities and employ Ohioans. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website. Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.


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