New Lime City Manufacturing owners are familiar faces in city

Cory and Mandy Reber (third and fourth from left, respectively) are the new owners of Lime City Manufacturing Company (LCMC), in Huntington. The Rebers’ acquisition of the business was recognized at the Jan. 26 meeting of the Lime City Development Committee. Pictured are (from left) Larry Buzzard, president, Huntington County Commissioners; Mark Featherston, warehouse manager, Cory and Mandy Reber, owners, Jill Christman, customer service, Mark Shultz, controller, Lisa Smart, resource manager, and Kevin Teusch, production manager, all LCMC; and Mayor Brooks Fetters.
Cory and Mandy Reber (third and fourth from left, respectively) are the new owners of Lime City Manufacturing Company (LCMC), in Huntington. The Rebers’ acquisition of the business was recognized at the Jan. 26 meeting of the Lime City Development Committee. Pictured are (from left) Larry Buzzard, president, Huntington County Commissioners; Mark Featherston, warehouse manager, Cory and Mandy Reber, owners, Jill Christman, customer service, Mark Shultz, controller, Lisa Smart, resource manager, and Kevin Teusch, production manager, all LCMC; and Mayor Brooks Fetters.

For years, Cory Reber aspired to own Lime City Manufacturing Company.

Now, he finally does.

Along with his wife, Mandy, the Rebers are the new owners of the Huntington tool and die company. For Cory Reber, it’s something of a homecoming. He started working at the business as a teenager in 1993, eventually joining it full time in 1997. He stayed with the company until 2005.

During that period of time, Reber developed an affinity for the business. According to Mark Shultz, Lime City Manufacturing’s controller, it’s when Reber voiced an interest in taking it over someday.

“In 2002, he took Mandy out on his first date,” says Shultz. “And he drove by this place and said, ‘I’m a tool and die maker there and someday I’m going to own it.’”

When the company’s owner, Randy Rider, first expressed a desire to sell the business two years ago, the Rebers’ ears perked up. A total of four or five other buyers, recollects Mandy Reber, came forward with interest in purchasing the company. Of those buyers, she says, all of them intended to move the business out of Huntington.

Late last year, Rider accepted the Rebers’ offer for the business, which he had owned since 1989. The couple closed the deal on Dec. 29.

The Rebers were recognized as the company’s new owners during the Jan. 26 meeting of the Lime City Development Committee. Lime City Manufacturing hosted the event.

At the meeting, Shultz expressed gratitude to the Rebers for keeping the business in Huntington, where it has been operating since 1941.

“The employees want to thank you – because we’re a bunch of old people that want to retire pretty soon,” he said, only half-jokingly. “I’ve been here 35 years – and I’m number three on the seniority list. The number one guy will have 50 years in this year.”

As he settles into his new role as head of Lime City Manufacturing, Cory Reber will be stepping away from the pair of Huntington County auto repair shops he owns – Reber’s Repair, in Huntington and Warren.

While her husband will be less involved with the day-to-day operations of those businesses, Mandy Reber says running them gave him invaluable experience.

“The nice thing about that is he probably never would’ve been able to own Lime City without getting that experience of a business experience,” she observes.

Mandy Reber is the executive director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. While those duties keep her busy, she says she’s still making time to familiarize herself with the business. In particular, she appreciates employees’ work ethic.

“Everybody takes great pride in their work here,” she says with admiration.

For more information about Lime City Manufacturing, visit limecitymfg.com or call 356-6826. The business is located at 1470 Etna Ave., Huntington.