Some Ohio suppliers point to family as key to success

10/30/2013 03:40:00 PM
Jim Offner

Recently, Tom hired his own son, Anthony, to the sales staff.

The next generation is in place, Tom Sirna said.

“It’s a big difference for me,” he said.

Sirna expanded its distribution facility in East Norwalk, Ohio, last year and plans to add to its headquarters in Ravenna, Ohio, this year, Tom Sirna said.

Neither of those projects likely would happen without the assurance and stability of family guidance for the company, now and in the future, Tom Sirna said.

“We probably wouldn’t think about doing a remodel in another situation,” he said.

It also helps to have a younger generation coming up to provide its own insights, Tom Sirna said.

“Anthony, in six months, has given me some ideas that I probably wouldn’t have thought about,” Tom Sirna said.

Tom and Vincent Sirna also have a sister, Serena Sirna-Wagner, who is involved in the company.

Joseph Sirna shows up from time to time.

“He’s got a lot of wisdom and everybody around here respects him,” Tom Sirna said.


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