Troy Sunshade upgrades equipment, plans factory move

GREENVILLE— Troyshade Company has recently made several strides to improve its manufacturing process, and continues to plan upgrades.

Located in Greenville, the company manufactures bank bags, medical bags, flag bags, sports bags, tote bags, specialty bags, zip bags, memorial products, horse masks and much more.

Some of the improvements the company has made include upgrading the majority of its sewing machines, and purchasing a digital fabric cutter and spreader.

Co-owner John Baumgardner explained that previously, they would manually lay out fabric, and use saws to cut the fabric by hand. The new digital cutter uses digital knives that are able to cut the product in any kind of dimension or size.

“It’s sped up our process from having two people on the cutting to one, and it does a lot better job,” he said. “A lot more detailed. It’s a better cut than someone manually cutting it could possibly have a slight imperfection in it.”

Baumgardner, who purchased the company with co-owner Bill Coomer in April 2020, said the large upgrades, like the digital cutter and spreader, were about a year in the making.

“We’ve just been reinvesting in the building, the plant and the people,” Baumgardner said. “When we bought the company, our wages were close to minimum-wage. We’ve increased wages probably by 20 or 30 percent. All the profit that we make off of this we’re reinvesting into the company.”

At the moment, the company is in the process getting its equipment ready to move to a new building. Coomer and Baumgardner purchased the old Marsh grocery store building last winter, which will allow for Troy Sunshade to operate on one floor. They plan to be moved into the space by this summer.

 

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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