This year marks Mid-Park Inc.’s 40th year in business. The metal manufacturing company that works with gate hardware has expanded from a small part-time company in Hardin Springs, KY to three different companies with about 120 employees total.
Nelson Bernard, a tool and die maker, started the then-called Rough River Metal Products in a Hardin Springs’ barn as a part-time tool and die company in 1971.
In 1976, his son, Alan Bernard, went into business with him, making the company an official, full-time company that, at the time, had four employees manufacturing farm gate fittings in the barn.
A year later, in 1977, the company’s name was changed to Mid-Park Products as the business moved into the company’s first plant in Leitchfield.
Today, Mid-Park has two different companies in Grayson County and another company in Morgantown, KY, all focusing on different aspects of metal manufacturing.
The Leitchfield plant does tool and die work, while the plant in Clarkson manufactures guard rails, guard rail accessories, and supports for the trusses on the highway. The Morgantown company deals with automotive stamping.
The company is very proud of this accomplishment.
“To do anything for 40 years or any duration is always a milestone,” said Greg Bernard, present day co-owner of Mid-Park with his father, Alan Bernard. “We’ve expanded so much, it’s a big deal to have made it so long.”
To celebrate their 40th year, Mid-Park is adding an anniversary spin to their usual activities. There are different summer festivities for employees at the company, which will have different prizes associated with the anniversary year.
The company is thankful for their loyal employees, some of whom have been working the majority of Mid-Park’s 40 years.
“We have some long-time employees that have been with us for half the time,” said Greg Bernard. “We’re thankful for them sticking with us and hope they all stick with us.”
Mid-Park also hosts a Manufacturing Day in October, where students from county schools visit and learn about what the company does, as well as the skills needed for the jobs provided.
“We welcome everyone to see what we do in our four walls,” said Greg Bernard.
They will also be sponsoring a Chamber Luncheon in September that will include a video on the history of the company.
The company credits its employees and customers who remained loyal through the years, not only through their expansion and success, but the low points as well.
“I just want to thank all of our employees, and customers, and vendors for sticking with us through the good and bad through all these years, and I hope we last a long time,” said Greg Bernard.
As Mid-Park looks back at its successful past, it also can look with hope at the possibilities of its future.