Jones Zylon Company in West Lafayette has new owner / manager

| September 19, 2014

WEST LAFAYETTE: Jones Metal Products Company in West Lafayette has announced that its division, Jones Zylon Company, has been sold to Robert W. and Tracey Zachrich of New Concord, Ohio. Jones Zylon, a company which provides products to the corrections and health care markets, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

“We had a sincere inquiry from an enterprising individual who was looking to purchase and operate a company in this region,” said Marion Sutton, chairman of Jones Metal Products Company. “Rob and Tracey will be an asset for Jones Zylon going forward.” The previous President, Todd E. Kohl, left Jones Zylon for another position several months ago.

Dan Erb, President and CEO of Jones Metal, stepped in to oversee the Jones Zylon operation and to work out an agreement for the sale of Jones Zylon, when the opportunity occurred. “Fifty years ago, Jones Zylon was a direct outgrowth of Jones Metal’s business in the health care market and had a real connection to Jones Metal,” Dan Erb commented. “But over the years, that connection became less important for both companies, because Jones Metal became a leader in metal forming and heat treating and Jones Zylon became a leader in the food services corrections market.”

Jones Zylon employs seven people in sales, inside sales, and warehousing and has three independent sales representatives. All employees will be offered employment, and home base will continue to be West Lafayette on the campus of Jones Metal Products Company. The sales employees and independent sales representatives will continue to be based in their respective regions in Ohio, California, Texas and Massachusetts.

The company is continuing with the name Jones Zylon. RTZ Enterprises, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company, owns Jones Zylon. Rob Zachrich will serve as president of the company. He has extensive management, sales and marketing experience at General Electric Company (Burlington IA), MACtac North America (Stowe OH) and the Fabri-Form Company (New Concord OH) which became The Pendaform Company in 2013. He attained the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of Wilmington College with a BA in Marketing. He and his wife, Tracey, and their children live in New Concord.

Jones Zylon is a supplier of correctional food service delivery systems and plastic hospital ware and kits. It was formed 50 years ago, primarily to supply hospital bedside plastic ware and admission kits to regional hospitals, and this line of business continues. The company entered the correctional food service market some 20 years ago and has become a leader in correctional food service reusable plastic dinnerware products and cart systems. Customers include federal prisons, state prisons, and local government jails. See Jones Zylon’s website at

Jones Metal Products Company is a manufacturer of metal parts used in airplane engine and exhaust systems, aerospace systems, land-based turbine engines, lighting reflectors, and other markets.

The company is unique in its capacity for hydroforming aluminum, steel, and exotic metals, with 11 hydroform machines of various sizes. The company offers aluminum heat treating and vacuum heat treating on site. Jones Metal’s business originally was in metal stamping and enameling. It has been in business for 91 years in West Lafayette, Ohio, and has 70 employees. See Jones Metal’s website at

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