Summer is here and the season for cookouts and bonfires is in full swing.
And for one local company out of Columbiana, it’s prime time for business to boom.
Ohio Flame is a locally owned and operated business that crafts and sells custom fire pits and accessories. The company’s mastermind, Matt Skillman of Boardman, began the company just a few years ago, simply by using his artistic talents to meet the needs of a changing economy and bring in some extra cash.
Before long, the orders and demand surpassed his original postings on Craigslist and eBay, and soon the need to expand became a necessity.
“I started the beginnings of this company in the summer of 2009 as a part-time job,” said Skillman. “The recession had hit and I just started doing this as a form of supplemental income, as a side business. But in the past three years, business has been growing and it’s been a little more demanding of my time.”
Business had taken off so much, Skillman saw an opportunity to merge it into a full-time job.
“By the spring of this year, I had the opportunity to make this a full-time job and really began to push distribution as far as it could go,” said Skillman. [View Article]