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Leetonia, August 3, 2017 | comments
Family-owned for more than 50 years, Humtown is at the forefront of additive manufacturing and 3D printing and its products are used by a diverse array of industries including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, mining, national defense, public utilities and transportation.
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Lisbon Morning Journal
By Larry Shields
Published on August 3, 2017


U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson visited the Humtown Products Agile Casting Solutions facility here Wednesday.

“I’m very interested in what you’re doing,” Johnson said.

Humtown employs 42 people in its Leetonia and Columbiana facilities and specializes in the production of sand cores, molds and patterns for the foundry industry.

Family-owned for more than 50 years, Humtown is at the forefront of additive manufacturing and 3D printing and its products are used by a diverse array of industries including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, mining, national defense, public utilities and transportation.

Following a tour at the facility in the World Trade Park, Johnson noted his association with Humtown and how its industry-leading methods of making parts gives American manufacturing an advantage.

Humtown plant engineer Brenten Lamoncha said the company is doing lots of prototyping work that took months before. “Now you can have prototype castings in days,” he said.

Sales manager Brandon Lamoncha said recent visits from companies in Brazil and Columbia have opened export opportunities to explore, while companies like Cummings Diesel are customers.

One company in particular that Humtown has come in contact with, Lamoncha noted, is the GE Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Pittsburgh.

Agile Casting Solutions core shop production coach Zach Johnston said that 3D printing “saves our customers money in tooling.”

He added, “What took months now takes weeks. There’s more electronics (involved), what used to cost thousands to make a core is hundreds now.”

Sheri Lamoncha, wife of Mark Lamoncha, Humtown president and CEO, handles order management, shipping and quality.

She sees young employees who have absorbed cultural changes while being exposed to a rapid-fire succession of technical wonders all their lives.

It comes down to being computer and tech savvy and 3D thinking is part of it.

As they grew older, some grew very passionate about it.

She points to her husband, whose encouragement of “outside-the-box” thinking, echoes through Humtown Products.

“I think of people who can key into their passion and bring that out. These young men, put them in their passion,” she said.

Where is Humtown headed?

Congressman Johnson sees 3D printing and additive manufacturing as a foretelling.

“We’re going to be able to do this on a much larger scale,” he said. “This is a manufacturing center of excellence. I love that it’s happening here.”

There is also Humtown’s strong ties to Youngstown State which acquired the large, state-of-the-art 3D printer, that cost nearly $1 million, through a partnership with Humtown Products and America Makes.

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