Awards & Events

Quality Switch to Be Honored for ‘Excellence in Manufacturing’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Quality Switch, Newton Falls, will receive the Excellence in Manufacturing award from the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber at the Economic Forecast breakfast Nov. 13.

This is the third year for the award, which focuses on a company’s longevity in business, growth, product innovation and achievement. Quality Switch was one of nine nominees. The chamber presents the award in partnership with the Cleveland-based Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, or Magnet.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize such a longstanding and successful company in our market,” said Sarah Boyarko, the chamber’s chief operating officer. “Quality Switch continues to grow year after year, all while improving the quality and reliability of its products. Because they work to adapt their products to align with their customers’ processes, Quality Switch has experienced greater opportunity in both the domestic and international markets.”

Founded in 1956, Quality Switch is a family-owned-and-operated company that designs and manufactures switches for use inside electrical transformers on utility power grids and in industrial power supplies. In 2016, it expanded into higher voltage applications with the opening of the Horace H. Sewell High Voltage Testing  & Research Center.

In May, the company was one of six to be honored with the President’s “E” Star Award for exports. 

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presents the “E” Star Award to Larry Dix, president of Quality Switch and Jeremy Sewell, vice president. With them is Gilbert Kaplan, under secretary of commerce for international trade.

The Economic Forecast breakfast, sponsored by First National Bank, will feature keynote speakers Bob Paduchik, Ohio chairman of Donald J. Trump for President, and Rick Ungar, progressive radio talk show host of “The Rick Ungar Show.” First National’s Chris Cwiklinski, CFA, senior vice president and director of Portfolio Management for FNB Wealth Management’s Cleveland Region, will give an update on the state of the economy on the local, regional and national levels. The event will be held at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman.

Pictured: Laura Whitmore, Jeremy Sewell and Adam Sewell are the third generation at Quality Switch, following in the footsteps of their father, Russell Sewell, and grandfather, who founded the Newton Falls manufacturer in 1952.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.