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Wapak recognized by Superior company

December 5, 2013

A company formerly located in Wapakoneta has been recognized for its technological advancements in numerous industries in the United States with a book dedicated to its history.
“Superior — Land, Sea, Air, and Space” summarizes the past 79 years of Superior Tube Company, Inc., and much of the book gives credit to the Wapakoneta plant previously located on South Willipie Street for its legacy with the company.
Wapakoneta native John P. Reinhart, who worked at the Wapakoneta Superior plant for 25 years, said he wanted to be sure Wapakoneta Superior employees received the acknowledgment they deserve for the contributions they made to the plant for more than 42 years.
“This is their story, as well,” Reinhart said, noting that the plant now resides in Collegeville, Pa.
Reinhart recalled the stories of many Wapakoneta Superior employees that started with the company after high school in the 1950s.
“They farmed during the day and worked the night shifts,” Reinhart said. “Many of them were still on the staff in ‘93 — Superior has always been known as a company for people with longevity that devoted their lives and working careers to the company.” 
Reinhart said the plant closed in 1993 due to “excess capacity” between
the two plants and “weak economies.”
“I have very dear friends that worked at Superior — the closing of that plant was traumatic for people,” Reinhart said. “I was fortunate because I continued. It was a very unfortunate situation for 100 employees.”
Reinhart said he hopes the people of Wapakoneta will be able to look at a copy of the book.
“I think they will be proud to have a book and know they were part of the story,” Reinhart said. 
Reinhart said the book is part of a three-year assignment which started in 2009 with Superior celebrating its 75th anniversary. 
For more information about the book, see the Thursday, Dec. 5 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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