Joe Schatz couldn’t imagine having a business headquartered anywhere else but Alliance. He grew up here. Played sports here. And he’s chosen Alliance for his three successful engineering, consulting and manufacturing businesses in Alliance: Winkle Industries, LiftTech Industrial Services, ProEn Engineering.
Joe credits his family, talented employees, the Al building business relationships, giving back to his community and a lot of hard work. And he’s especially grateful to the City of Alliance.
Joe was an employee of Canfield, Ohio-based Winkle Industries before he bought it. When it was time to expand, then-Alliance Mayor Tony Middleton and Business Development Director Vince Marion helped Joe secure state and local tax abatement and other incentives to help bring the business to his hometown.
“They encouraged me, they coached me, they laid out options,” said Joe. “They’re a huge reason why I decided to relocate to Alliance.”
Joe credits his talented, hard-working employees with the growth of his three businesses. Joe’s businesses and employees take great pride in supporting academic and athletic programs in both Alliance and Marlington schools, Junior Achievement, the Alliance YMCA and the United Way.
“The businesses in Alliance support each other. When you conduct business here, you’re part of the community,” says Joe. “There are great resources here and I’m very proud to be a part of what Alliance has to offer to new and existing businesses.”