(courtesy of Allan Maggied, plant manager, Chesterfield Steel)
It all started in the early 1940s in an office on Dille Road when Baird Tewksbury opened Chesterfield Steel. The original part of today’s building was an ALCOA storage shed located on Harvard Avenue. Mr. Tewksbury had the building disassembled and reassembled, with additions, at the current 222nd and Tungsten location in Euclid, Ohio. The facility now is 117,000 square feet. Ed Weiner became Mr. Tewksbury’s partner in 1945. Somewhere in the late 1950s to early 1960s Mr. Tewksbury sold his half of the business to Ernie Tallisman. For a short time, the business was called Weiner-Tallisman. After Mr. Weiner’s passing in 1967, the Weiner family sold their portion of the business to Mr. Tallisman, and the Tallisman family owned the business until 2008 when it was purchased by Lerman Enterprises and became Steel Warehouse Cleveland, LLC, dba Chesterfield Steel.
The business purchases .012 – .410-inch-thick flat-rolled sheet steel coils from various mills, and some from Holland. Coils are shipped into the Port of Cleveland and trucked to Euclid where they are processed to customer specs by slitting, blanking, or sheeting. Historically, Chesterfield has found a niche in the hot-roll pickle product.
When carbon steel coils are produced, they first come off the production line as a “black coil” due to the carbon left on the surface from rolling. To remove the carbon, these coils are run through an acid bath called “pickling,” and then oiled. Additional rolling and/or coating may be done to the coil depending on the end use of the customer’s part.
At Chesterfield, the end use of the customer’s part is the driver of our process. To ensure our customers get the “right steel” to make the part, we start with the part we obtain from the customer. The part goes through an intense and thorough examination and assessment in order to spec out the chemical, physical, and surface properties needed. This entire process is handled by our quality department, as well as considerable collaboration with the producing mill. Once the specs are determined, the purchasing department orders the steel.
Incoming coils typically weigh 10,000 – 50,000 pounds each. Once in the Euclid facility, a coil to be processed will be unloaded from the truck and moved with an overhead crane to the respective bay where it will be processed. A coil to be slit will be loaded onto a mandrel, opened, and threaded through a series of rotating knives. Prior to running, the knives are set up to slit the coil into strips with tolerances typically holding +/-.005 inches in width. These same strips are separated and rewound onto an exit mandrel to complete the slitting process. Once wound, each strip, now a smaller-width coil, is secured with a steel strap around its circumference. The smaller-width coils are pushed off the mandrel onto a packaging machine where lateral straps are fitted through the inside and outside diameters, sealed, mechanically placed on a skid, weighed and stored as finished goods until they are trucked to the customer.
The other process that takes place at Chesterfield involves taking a wide coil, loading it onto the mandrel of a different type machine. The original coil width is threaded through a corrective leveler to shape-correct the wide strip and then progresses to a shear that cuts the strip to produce sheets to a predesignated size per the customer’s specification. These sheets are checked for flatness and digitally checked for length, width, and squareness required by the customer. The sheets automatically are stacked on a skid so that they end up looking like a big deck of cards. Once completed, they also are packaged with steel strapping and stored as finished goods until they are trucked to the customer.
Customers have primarily been in the automotive sector. As a second-tier supplier, Chesterfield sends these coils and sheets to the stampers and roll formers to make the parts that up in domestic and foreign cars and trucks. The end-use parts may be bearings, air conditioning compressors, bumpers, engine pulleys, impellers, airbags, and transmission parts. Some non-transportation parts include CO2 cartridges for air guns, cooking range burner bowls, casket parts, etc.
A team of 49 associates produces these thousands of tons of steel each month. The company has very low turnover, as many of Chesterfield employees have been there for years. “We may not be perfect, but it is a great place to work,” says Allan Maggied, plant manager. Tried and true processes that are continuously improved by team members’ participation have sustained the company. Things change. As we look down 222nd Street, although still the business corridor of Euclid, it isn’t the bustling manufacturing area it used to be. In the past, Chesterfield had deliveries within a stone’s throw away. Now, the largest shares are out of town, and even out of state.
Since most employees have been here as long as they have, there is the Chesterfield culture that has evolved throughout the years. With 70-plus years in the business, we have much to be proud of. As the Chesterfield family, we certainly have been through thick and thin, and will continue to do so. Currently, we are facing the challenges of the 232 Steel Tariffs, trucking shortages, finding a maintenance tech, etc. If there is one thing that we’ve learned, we know only by listening and working with each other will we be able to continuously improve and make our family the desired place to be. We are proud to say we work at Chesterfield Steel in Euclid, Ohio!
When did you know you were an artist?
I’ve always loved to draw and make things, but it took a while to consider myself an artist. I think it was after I developed the habit of drawing every day that I had the confidence to call myself an artist.
How did you get your training?
I have a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art and took vocational commercial art in high school. I also did a mentorship with Dan Krall, an illustrator and animator. I also practice a lot on my own.
What types of work do you create?
I mostly draw cartoons. My goal is to make them funny, weird, cute and kind. I also make small sculptures based on my drawings. I like to call them delicate monsters and wide eyed weirdies. In art school, I studied installation and performance art; so, I also am interested in interactive, public art. But the running theme is to invoke delight, whether it’s a cute drawing or a playful sculpture.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by everything! Sometimes it’s a vintage greeting card or an old video clip of an animation or an antique broach. I’m a fan of so many artists and so many kinds of art, and it gets all mashed up into my drawings and sculpts. There is an impulse that happens.
What do you do when you are not creating art?
When I’m not creating art, I like to look at art in museums and galleries. I teach at BayArts and work part time at Ohio Citizen Action. I love to spend time with my family and friends, watch movies, swim, and go to flea markets and libraries.
Have you shopped at HGR for your work?
Yes! HGR is like a candy store for artists. There is so much raw material; it’s boundless and inspiring, and it’s affordable!
If so, what have you found and how have you used it?
I found some orange “High Voltage” tape to use in a public sculpture for Waterloo Arts. The tape was a turning point in the evolution of my idea for the sculpture, and that would not have happened without HGR.
How did you get involved as an artist-in-residence with Waterloo Arts Fest?
I have participated as a vendor for many years at the fest. I think it is so unique in that it’s a real neighborhood event. There are a lot of hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. This year, I was invited to do a residency, so I jumped at the chance.
Tell us about the project.
I built an “Orange Removal Machine” — a community sculpture that served as a voter registration booth and also helped gather objects for “A Color Removed” at SPACES Gallery. I built a giant, open structure out of hula hoops and covered it with orange tape. I asked people to bring me any orange objects: clothing, toys, sports equipment, household items, etc. The objects have been cataloged and displayed as part of Michael Rakowitz’s installation at SPACES, during FRONT International.
I’m organizing a pop-up group show at the Osterwitz Gallery located at 15615 Waterloo Road in Cleveland on Sept. 7. I gave 30 artists a “Ting-a-ling Tina” Doll, a tiny doll inside a tiny phone. Each artist can customize the doll, or make a new piece inspired by the doll. It should be a fun show!
On Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 22nd St., Euclid, you can learn to identify the social media tools that will be most effective for your business, how to set up accounts on these platforms and how to manage social media so that it does not rule your working day. Instructor Chic Dickson, founder and owner, C7Branding, which specializes in digital business identity solutions understands that non-profits, social work agencies, and government entities have often used social media purely to market their brand to their potential clients and funders. Chic has combined social media with evidence-based strategies to cultivate client engagement and keep client loyalty longer. Chic has been featured in The Plain Dealer, WKYC, The News-Herald, and various other websites and blogs for her success in utilizing social media to reach audiences from all over the world.
This is a no-cost workshop! You can register here.
SAVE THE DATE! Join the Euclid Chamber of Commerce at The Cabin, 28810 Lakeshore Blvd., Willowick, Ohio, on Aug. 14 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. EST for a presentation from the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce over coffee and networking.
There is no cost to attend. Membership is not required.
Please register here.
(Q&A with Robert Lash, president, Moskey Dental Laboratories)
What is dental restoration?
A dental restoration replaces a tooth or teeth in a patient’s mouth. The dentist makes either an analog or digital impression and sends it to Moskey Dental Laboratories with a prescription for the type of restoration he/she wants.
What is your background? I see that you completed your undergraduate studies at Emory University and law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. How did you end up in dental restoration?
Despite my education, my family’s business was our dental lab since my grandfather started it in 1924. When my father’s partners left the business I joined to help him continue.
When, why and who started the business?
The name of my grandfather’s lab was Mutual Dental Lab. Over the years he, my father and uncle acquired other labs and merged with Moskey in the mid-60s. The name was changed to Moskey Mutual, and I dropped Mutual because too many people thought we were an insurance company.
Why did you select your current location?
Our first location was in Midtown at 71st and Euclid, and we were downtown after that until we had to move because we were located on the site of what is now Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena. We like Midtown due to the ease of access to the highways and public transportation.
Do patients come directly to you, or do the dentists place an order?
Patients will come to our lab for tough tooth shades and for quick repairs of removable restorations, but only at the direction of their dentist.
What is your favorite part of your job or most interesting moment?
I know it sounds corny, but giving people their teeth back is very satisfying and important for the patient’s general health. Unfortunately, we don’t often see the results of our work in patients’ mouths, but we appreciate when dentists send us pictures of a happy patient.
What is the greatest challenge in your industry?
Finding trained dental technicians. Last century there were many Eastern European immigrants in Northeast Ohio who were well-trained, and there were many dental technology programs available. Now, as far as I know, there are no such programs in Ohio.
How have things changed in your career, and what does the future of dental laboratories look like?
The future is here, and it’s digital — from the dentist’s office to our lab where we can design almost any restoration with a CAD program, and then manufacture that restoration by an additive (3D printing, laser sintering) process, or subtractive (milling).
Why is restoration so expensive?
What we charge the dentist is not what the dentist charges the patient. With crowns and implants, there is often precious metal involved and expensive implant parts that are highly machined for optimum results. We have no control over the final cost, but I’d say the four years (plus for specialists) of post-graduate education, the yearly continuing education, and the many expenses of running a dental office certainly have a lot do with what the patient may consider an expensive restoration!
How did you know Christopher Palda, the HGR Industrial Surplus customer who put us in touch with you?
He does work for Stone Oven Bakery, which rents space in my building.
Has Christopher repaired or built items for you?
Yes, he’s repaired or attempted to repair numerous pieces of equipment for us.
What do you do when you are not running Moskey?
Enjoying time with my wife, visiting my three kids who all live out of town, playing guitar in bands, road bicycle riding, sleep!
What inspires you?
The awesome beauty and power of nature.
What is the best advice that you would give to others?
Do something that brings you joy, whether that’s inside or outside of your career.