The Nock & Son Company, a family-owned business engaged in the refractories industry, in collaboration with JobsOhio and Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), today announced the company has received a JobsOhio Inclusion Grant to assist with the installation of broadband high-speed Internet to its manufacturing location in Jackson County.
“Nock & Son is tremendously appreciative of JobsOhio’s assistance in upgrading the technology at our Oak Hill facility, and also for providing assistance for an equipment purchase for our manufacturing process,” said Stephen J. Nock, President of Nock & Son Company. “We have been proud to call Jackson County home for over 50 years.”
Nock & Son manufactures a full line of alumina ramming mixes, castables, plastics and gunning mixes and is one of the highest-wage employers in Jackson County. The $29,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant will be applied towards infrastructure and equipment costs associated with transitioning the company’s digital operations.
“This is a tremendous win for Jackson County,” said Mike Jacoby, OhioSE President. “Nock & Son’s success is yet another success story on the benefits of doing business in southern Ohio. The new jobs and investment tied to this project will work to further ensure the long-term future of this family-owned business. The company will be able to connect to fiber service, which will greatly improve their capacity to do business.”
“Nock & Son is a great example of the longterm success companies are able to find in Jackson County,” said Sam Brady, Jackson County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director. “We are very appreciative of Nock & Son’s past investment in our community, but also their preparation for the future, and the JobsOhio Inclusion Grant is the perfect vehicle to facilitate that move,” Brady added.
A veteran-owned business, Nock & Son was founded in 1948 and is currently operated by the third and fourth generations of the Nock family in the refractories business. A predecessor company, Nock Fire Brick, was founded in 1912 by Charles H. Nock, the great grandfather of current president Steve Nock. For the past 60 years, Nock & Son Company was managed by Charles J. Nock, who is still active and integral in his seventh decade at the company. Nock and Son’s customer base consists primarily of integrated steel producers, electric furnace mini mills, foundries and alloy plants.