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January 24

Ohio Lt. Gov. Husted Tours ONEIL Headquarters

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted and ONEIL CEO Hernan Olivas

Jan. 12 was an exciting day at the ONEIL Miamisburg office. Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted dropped in for a visit while in town to speak at the Dayton Business Journal Economic Forum. During his visit, the Lt. Gov. chatted with president and CEO Hernan Olivas and took a tour of the facility – but, Husted isn’t completely new to ONEIL.

His connection with ONEIL dates back to his working relationship with the late John Staten, CEO of ONEIL for many years. Staten was instrumental in encouraging Husted to run for political office, and Husted fondly describes Staten as a mentor and friend – as do many current ONEIL employee-owners.

As part of his visit, Husted spoke with several team members about ONEIL’s important contributions to long lifecycle, mission-critical equipment used by the Department of Defense. Leadership shared about the manuals ONEIL creates, the use and reuse of the data that makes up those manuals, how that reuse cuts the cost of creating this type of information, and how the systems require 99.9 percent uptime.

During a tour of the data center, Husted learned that ONEIL receives approximately 1 billion server hits annually, and he was engaged in discussion about the changing size requirements of the data center. For example, equipment that once required a large space is now housed in a small room and still hosts systems for dozens of companies.

Lead technical writer, Matt Jones, helped host the ONEIL high-bay “teardown” workshop facilities portion of the tour where Olivas talked about the company’s approach to hiring former mechanics. He explained how ONEIL helps progress former mechanics careers with ONEIL by teaching them to write about the very equipment they are breaking down and reassembling. Jones noted the importance of writing accurate documentation that equips young soldiers on the battlefield to repair equipment, even with little to no experience in mechanics. They also discussed the application of augmented and virtual reality technology in ONEIL’s everchanging work.

At the end of his time with ONEIL, Husted commented on his strong support of the manufacturing industry and acknowledged the significance of the work ONEIL does. The entire ONEIL team is thankful for an opportunity to showcase our talented people, our essential work, and our unwavering commitment to making complex information easier to understand and use.