Northeast Ohio Precast Opens in Salem
SALEM, Ohio — From highways to Dunkin’ Donuts, Northeast Ohio Precast has been a part of projects throughout the Mahoning Valley.
Since opening in 2017, owner Anthony McCoy and Pat Nicotera, general manager, have manufactured concrete products small commercial projects, such as Taco Bell restaurants and O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. Products range from manholes and curb inlets, to water catch basins and head walls.
While the business is new, McCoy has been doing the work since 1998. He began his career working full time as a laborer at a small precast concrete company while attending Youngstown State University, where he earned a degree in civil engineering. From there, McCoy worked for a large general contractor estimating projects as large as wastewater treatment plants.
“My inspiration to start my own business was simply to give the area a new concrete precaster,” McCoy said. “Just like any other start-up business, you see a void in the market and you try to fill it.”
When the company began, it was just McCoy and Nicotera at first. As the business grew, they hired five employees and decided to open an office and production center.
Pictured: Tony McCoy stands with precast products.
With “a lot of help” from McCoy’s parents, Ray and Sukie, they remodeled a 15,000-square-foot space at 6705 W. South Range Road in Salem. They held a grand opening in early June and will likely be hiring more workers to keep up with demand, McCoy said. All employees are trained and certified by the National Precast Concrete Association.
“We have recently been working our way into the heavy highway market,” McCoy said. “We sell to contractors, municipalities, cities, townships and homeowners located in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.”
Other local projects include the Youngstown Amphitheatre project and Angels for Animals.
With the new production center, Northeast Ohio Precast can manufacture manholes up to 48 inches in diameter, and can core holes up to 24 inches wide through concrete walls and floors. The space allows “plenty of room for inventory,” McCoy noted.
The company is a member of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program offered through the Ohio Department of Transportation. The program “ensures nondiscrimination in the award/administration of USDOT-assisted contracts in highway, transit and airport projects,” according to ODOT’s website.
“The program helps us as a company by providing information, training and overall support as a business,” McCoy said. “They go above and beyond to answer any questions we have and have been a great resource for us.”
The program requires that persons own 51% or more of a small business, establish that they are disadvantaged within the meaning of DOT regulations and prove they control a business.
“There’s a lot of great general contractors and site-work guys located in the Mahoning Valley that do work all over the state,” McCoy said. “We want to work with these guys to build projects and to provide them with the best concrete structures and service.”
Pictured above: (From left) Ray and Sukie McCoy, Tony McCoy’s parents; Hayes McCoy, Tony’s son; Tony McCoy and his wife, Amy; Pat Nicotera.
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