Last year may have been the best year yet for Vaughn Industries, a Carey-based company that turns 50 in 2013.
John Barnes, who works in business development at Vaughn Industries, said solar projects on the East Coast along with the addition of 75 employees helped make for a successful 2012.
"We were just very busy and revenues were up quite a bit," he said.
Vaughn Industries of Carey has done extensive work in solar field construction. Last year, three solar fields were constructed by Vaughn Industries on the East Coast. One is shown above.
The company also added an 11,000-square-foot expansion to its sheet metal fabrication shop and installed four more overhead dock doors for semi-trucks. A duct coil line was another addition, which allows the company to manufacture custom duct work.
"It's automated and computer programmed," Barnes said. "The neat thing about that is you're working on a job site and need duct work fabricated, you can have it the next day."
The capabilities of Vaughn Industries, located at 1201 E. Findlay St., include electrical and data networking, mechanical, commercial HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration, high-voltage substation and underground, high-voltage transmission and distribution and renewable energy.
Barnes said last year, the company finished three solar fields on the East Coast. The fields are an addition to Vaughn Industries' construction of two of the largest solar fields in Ohio. One is near Upper Sandusky and the other is in Napoleon at the Campbell Soup Co.
"All told, we have constructed more than 50 megawatts of solar field," Barnes said.
With beginnings in Ron Vaughn's basement in 1963, Vaughn Industries grew quickly from residential work to industrial work, Barnes said. Today, the company continues to grow with accomplishments that include work at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University and Mercy Tiffin Hospital. Other projects include work at schools, cell phone data centers, medical centers, factories and quarries.