When Mark Fedor graduated from Alliance High School in 1989, little did he know that 16 years later he would be the owner and president of Morgan Engineering, the place where his father, grandfather and great-grandfather made their respective livings.
After graduating from AHS, Fedor studied engineering and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Akron in 1994. After earning his degree, he worked briefly at Morgan Engineering before leaving Alliance to pursue an opportunity at Steel Dynamics in the Fort Wayne, Indiana, area to build a steel plant from grass field to operations. Rather certain that he had answered his calling in Indiana, Fedor surprised even himself when he was approached about the possibility of coming back home to run Morgan Engineering in 2005.
“We had pretty much set down our roots in Indiana and enjoyed where we were,” Fedor said. “But the temptation to come back and own and run the company where three generations of family had worked was too much.”
What he found when he returned was a 24-person operation still clinging to its roots. Where most people would see problems, Fedor saw opportunities.
“We knew we could still produce the large-capacity cranes that we were known for, but we also realized we knew a lot about heavy, moveable kinetic structures,” Fedor said. “So we got back to innovating. The combination of our ability to make durable and reliable equipment coupled with our intelligent workers of strong character gives us advantages as we eye the future.”
Fedor remains active in the Alliance community. He was inducted into the Alliance High School Foundation Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2008, Morgan Engineering was awarded the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce’s Large Business of the Year. In 2011, the Company earned the 2011 Business of the Year award from the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Mark’s father, Terry, also an engineer, continues to work at the plant and according to Mark, has “saved the company plenty of dollars by putting things in historical perspective.”
Mark is married to Michelle, also an Alliance native, and they have 3 children, Taylor, Logan and Amanda.
He says he is proud that the Morgan footprint is global and its products are made in Alliance. And, Alliance is proud that, like the products his company produces, he too was made in Alliance.
Source: The Alliance Review