Sika - Building Trust

Touring Sika’s Largest Manufacturing Facility!

Marion, Ohio was the home of U.S. president Warren G. Harding.

Marion, OH – We stopped at Sika’s manufacturing facility in Marion, Ohio. In 1991 when the plant first opened, only concrete admixtures were produced.  In 1992 the plant expanded into mortar, and it quickly grew into Sika’s largest distribution center in North America. Currently, almost every Sika product is manufactured at the Marion facility, from flooring epoxies to residential sealants to roofing adhesives. The plant’s ideal location allows a large territory of one day delivery, while nearly the entire country can be reached in two days.

Raw materials are being re-supplied to the storage tanks.

Todd Petrie, Vice President of Operations, provided us with a history of the plant and explained some of the future goals of the facility. The Marion plant places a high priority on safety by promoting employee involvement. They are aiming to have 100 percent of employees involved in some aspect of plant safety by the end of next year. Todd also explained the supply chain complexities in producing a diverse range of products in large quantities. The plant has to find a balance in order to manufacture enough products to meet the demand of Sika’s customers without overproducing. In addition, the plant is constantly upgrading machinery and improving processes.

A truck is being prepared for a delivery

Bob Husted, the Director of Production at Marion, gave us a tour of the three plants at Marion: the North Plant, the South Plant, and the Mortar Plant. Supply lines carry various materials throughout the facility based on the needs of the products. Although the processes are largely automated, Marion employees must pay close attention to each batch to ensure everything is going smoothly. Bob also showed us the warehouse next door; just when you think the warehouse cannot go any further, it does. Employees use forklifts throughout the warehouse to organize shipping orders for outgoing trucks. As Bob mentioned, it is important for everyone at the Marion plant to work efficiently because a backup in any department can cause delays.

We were able to meet with Allison Carlson, another Management Trainee, to see what she has been up to in Marion. While Allison has primarily been working as a Process Engineer, during our visit she was calibrating equipment in the sealant testing lab. Jenny from the testing lab explained to us that every batch has to be tested for quality before shipping. By keeping careful records, test results can be referred to later on if any problems arise. Despite the complexity of the Marion facility, we discovered that Sika’s product manufacturing is in good hands.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

All comments will require moderation before being posted, thank you for you patience.

Sika USA’s Instagram

  • When KONE was deciding on the right floor for their facility where they build elevator control panels, Sikafloor ESD was an easy choice. It offers static control which is very important because it helps prevent equipment malfunction or sparks that could cause fire. But Sika Technical Services also offered free annual testing of the floor for five years, to certify that the floor is ESD active. #SikaFloor #esdfloors
  • Happy weekend! Did you know that Sika has a wide range of residential products? They are the perfect match for your weekend DIY projects #diyprojects #sikaproselect #sikaeveryday
  • To achieve floors that met Crayola's color expectations required thinking "outside the box." There was an enormous amount of detail in the coloring and layout of the floor, which included abstract shapes and swirls. @ardorsolutions with the help of their Sikafloor rep worked together to match all the custom PMS colors to the vivid crayons found in the Crayola box. #throwback #crayolaexperience #SikaFloor #customcolormatch #floordesign
  • The new state of the art Sika factory near Houston is making big progress! The new site will contain a laboratory and sales office as well as a training center to educate our customers and applicators on the latest concrete admixture technologies. Stay tuned for more updates from Houston! #mortarplant #comingsoon
  • #FlashbackFriday to when Mike Singletary, "The Heart of the Defense" for the Chicago Bears, attended a #SikaEveryDay event in Chicago as the keynote. Pictured here with a few members of our Executive team. #mikesingletary #sika365
  • “What floor?” is a question often asked in elevators. It was also a question considered when KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, built its new facility in Allen, Texas. Fortunately, #SikaFloor was able to meet their needs. #SikaAtWork #epoxyfloor #resinousflooring #durablefloors
  • 'Tis the roofing season' in Chicago! This is a photograph of a productive crew managed by Christopher Riddiford / G.E. Riddiford Co. at McCormick Place HQ Hotel in Chicago, IL. #sarnafil #SikaRoof #SikaRoofing #chicagoroof #roofing #sikasarnafil #waterproofing #GreenRoof #waterproofingmembrane
  • The 167,000-square-foot roof on the Frank W. Ballou Senior High School is part of the largest Department of General Services project completed in the last decade, making it one of the largest solar PV systems on any school in the country. #SolarRoofs #SarnafilRoof #schoolsalmostoutforsummer
  • Sikafloor Metallic FX is durable and easy to maintain. It' available in 44 distinctive colors giving you complete design freedom. #MetallicFX #Sikafloor #durablefloors #designfreedom #interiorfloordesigns
  • When Wings Stadium & Event Center, Kalmazoo, MI needed to replace their current floor, they called upon Architectural Building Restorations to installed a #Sikafloor PurCem polyurethane cement flooring system that can stand up to the rigorous freeze/thaw cycles the floor is exposed to for its Many Hockey Games! #HockeyFloor #sportsfloor
  • #SikaRoofing is grateful to be working with some of the best applicators in the business. Thank you for taking the time to come to our events to get trained and educated on the latest roofing technology @NRCAnews #nationalroofingweek
  • #selfietime📷 with @raiders head coach, Jack Del Rio, at Bay Area 365 #sika365 #jackdelrio #bayarea365

View More Photos on Instagram!