The History of Long–Stanton Mfg. Co.

  • 1829 March 9th, John Stanton was born in Orange County, New York.
  • 1851 John Stanton moved to Cincinnati.
  • 1852 John Stanton began working for Ira Bisbee a steel letter and stencil cutter who’s firm was established in Cincinnati by his father Ziba Bisbee in 1835.
  • 1862 is the year for which we have the 1st primary physical evidence of the John Stanton Company.
  • 1861-1865 during the Civil War John Stanton, James Murdock, and Murdock Spencer were the most active manufactures of private currency. These were known as Copperheads, Store Cards, Merchant Tokens, Patriotic Tokens, and Sutlers Tokens. Together they produced tokens for at least 440 different merchants in 12 states, with an output between 2000 and 3000 different coins.
  • 1867 The Federal government ends the production of private currency.
  • 1921 on September 10th John Stanton passes away at the age of 92. His son-in-law, Clarence West, assumed management of the John Stanton Company, which was located at 712 Sycamore St.
  • 1951 Upon the death of Clarence West, his wife Lila Stanton West ran the John Stanton Company until Park Gast could join the company after completing his military service in 1954.
  • 1955 Long-Stanton Mfg. Co. was formed from John Stanton Co., Long Mfg. Co., and Jaeckh Sprayer Co. and purchased a building at 910 Baymiller St, Cincinnati, OH. Robert Masters was named President.
  • 1957 Robert Masters retires and Chris Long becomes President.
  • In the early 1960’s Long-Stanton moved to 1630 Herald Ave, on the edge of Xavier U. campus, after the Baymiller St. building was purchased for construction of Interstate-75 thru Cincinnati’s West End.
  • 1964 Long-Stanton began making the cooking pans and other components for the Kenner Easy Bake Oven. Park Gast says “This is the project that enabled Long-Stanton Mfg. Co. to re-invest and grow”
  • 1966-67 Long Stanton worked closely with our customer to design and develop the first safety trigger nozzles for one handed operation, and automatic shut off.
  • 1970’s started to make door hinges and locking rods for Trailmobile semi-trailers, many of which can still be seen on the road today.
  • In 1973 Chris Long retired and Park Gast became President. Larry Walters became Vice-President.
  • 1977 The Herald Ave. building, even after two additions, was too small and there was no room for expansion, so Long-Stanton Mfg. Co. moved to 9388 Sutton Place, a new building on land purchased in 1973.
  • 1982 Daniel Cunningham is hired from General Electric as Quality Control Manager.
  • 1986 Long-Stanton purchases it 1st large (300 ton) stamping machine.
  • 1988 Park Gast retires as President, Larry Walters becomes President, and Daniel Cunningham becomes part owner and Secretary-Treasurer.
  • 1990’s expanded into other industries including garage doors and cash draws for lottery machines.
  • 1990 Long-Stanton purchases its 1st CNC turret press to expand its presents in the metal fabrication market.
  • 1992 Long-Stanton completed a major addition (10,000 square feet) to accommodate it growing business. A 330 ton, 120” long stamping machine is purchased and installed.
  • 1995 November 8th Long Stanton was certified ISO 9003:2000, one of the first companies in our industry to be so certified.
  • 1996-97 20,000 square feet building on an adjoining lot was purchased and integrated into the Long-Stanton complex. It became plant 2, where all of the metal fabrication work was consolidated; the old building was renamed plant 1, and is dedicated to stamping, warehouse, tooling assembly, and office functions.
  • 1998 Daniel Cunningham purchases 100% of company, from Larry Walters before his retirement in 1999, and becomes President/CEO. Dan decided to grow the company substantially, and began to focus on developing an executive team, with a focus on improving safety, quality, on time delivery, and productivity.
  • 2000 Twin high speed Minster presses with computerized controls were installed. Practically all equipment is computer networked for rapid set up and reduced product variation to improve safety, quality, on-time, delivery, and productivity.
  • 2004 Dan decided to take the company global, beginning by starting a 100% owned WOFE (Wholly Owned Foreign enterprise) Long-Stanton Asia in China, and Long-Stanton & Lee, a 50/50 joint venture with Lee World.
  • 2004 Marvin Cunningham is hired as General Manager of Long-Stanton Asia operations in China.
  • 2006 Long-Stanton is named the Cincinnati Family Business of the Year by the Goering Center at the University of Cincinnati.
  • 2009 August 28th Long Stanton is named the Cincinnati Family Business of the Decade by the Goering Center at the University of Cincinnati.