SWEET THROUGH THE YEARS - 1955 THRU TODAY
Quality Material Handling Equipment and Superior Customer Service
In 1955...soon after our founder, W. Dean Sweet, graduated from Ohio State University, the young man organized a team of associates to create Sweet Manufacturing Company. The company was dedicated to innovation and change in a well established industry. After more than fifty-five years, this family business is still "family-oriented" with long-term loyal employees. Their many contributions became agents for change and progress. Today, Sweet continues to look toward the future.
THE EARLY 1960'S.
Development and production of the "Sweetheart®" elevator buckets was introduced with fabrication in mild steel and stainless steel. Original brochures and advertisements of this bucket featured a photo inset of the founder's daughter Alicia as "Miss Sweet". Today, with a college degree and subsequent years of employment in various areas of the company, Alicia Sweet Hupp serves as President and Chief Executive Officier. Along with a dedicated management staff and team, they initiate innovation and comprehend changing technology. This remains the philosophy of the "Sweet" team.
Another innovative change by Sweet included introduction of galvanized steel in the manufacturing process, something new to the industry. Customers appreciate the rust and corrosion resistant qualities obtained along with longer life and reduced maintenance of equipment. Our first registered trademark, "Silver-Sweet®", was granted for use on galvanized and stainless steel bucket elevators.
DEVELOPMENTS OF THE 1970'S.
The 70's brought additional new products and registered trademarks. Flite-Veyor® drag conveyors, Silver-Span® conveyor support systems, Silver-Stairs® line, and circular bin stairs became popular in the product line.
CONTINUED EXPANSION IN THE 1980'S.
With the acquisition of Bonded Machine Company in 1985 and their 50-year reputation in the industrial market, Sweet Manufacturing complemented their product line with belt conveyors. Various types and models were designed to meet the needs of many industries. All incorporated galvanized steel fabrication and construction.
THE 1990'S - MAINTAINING THE COMPETITIVE EDGE.
New generation changes continued in the 90's with the latest technology and addition of computerized systems in engineering, manufacturing, and communication. Our global market is supported through a multilingual staff, literature, Website, and E-mail.
Also introduced in the 90's was the CalorMatic® heat processor. Originally developed to roast soybeans and grain, a wide range of models are also used in processing and sterilizing eggshells, birdseed, nuts, and waste material (new applications are constantly being researched and developed).
In 1998, Sweet® was selected for the first time to receive the Ohio Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award (E Award). This prestigious award recognized Sweet, among companies of all sizes, that have shown superior performance in exporting or heightened awareness of exporting as a vital component of the Ohio economy.
CONTINUED GROWTH INTO THE 2000'S.
With the new millennium, Sweet Manufacturing Company continued to bring innovation and technology to our vast customer base...a new generation to serve a new era of productivity and progress.
Foremost in our continuing objectives is the expansion of markets both domestically and internationally. For more than 50 years, Sweet® equipment and products have provided superior quality and enduring performance to our customers around the world.
Our manufacturing facility and processes experienced growth during the later part of the first decade of the 2000's. New equipment, improved plant layout and facility expansions were implemented. All of these led to improved efficiencies and a foundation for future growth. Our most recent equipment purchases include: 175 ton Cincinnati Press Brake, 2500 Watt Laser and a 135 ton Cincinnati Press Brake.
In 2005 and 2009, Sweet was again selected for the prestigious Ohio Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award (E Award). This notorious recognition continues to affirm the commitment that Sweet has made to the international markets.
You will find Sweet® equipment in more than 35 countries around the world. Our equipment is prominent in North, Central and South America, particularly the United States, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. Additionally, we are expanding in Eastern Europe and Asia. Key countries of recent expansion are Romania, Ukraine and Russia. Continued geographical expansion will be a vital part of our future.
Companies from all over the world have been long-time users of Sweet® products. Our customer list includes: Cargill, Anheuser-Busch, Pillsbury, CPC, Archer-Daniel Midland, Backus, Proan, Firestone, Certainteed, Sand Source, Mor-Agra, Copeval, Anita Foods, Andrioli-Argentina, Bachoco, Nutrimex, Prio, Renew Energy, Pollos Cibao, Aceitera General Deheza and Pollos Cibao.
More and more of our product line, including bucket elevators, belt and chain conveyors, support systems, and bin gates, are being supplied to the industrial market in sectors such as cement, sand and gravel, aggregates, foundries, rock products, wood processing, furniture manufacturers, mining and minerals and food processors, to mention a few. Further product specification information is available within our Web site.