Congratulations to Molded Fiber Glass Companies
We at Northeast Ohio Regional Airport warmly congratulate Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) on their 70th Anniversary.
Founded in 1948 by Robert S. Morrison in Ashtabula, MFG scored its first major success in 1952 by landing the production of the fiber glass bodies for the very first 1954 Corvette. Over the past 64 years, MFG has continued to produce fiber glass parts for every Corvette model produced. This was the beginning of a string of innovations that have led MFG to the forefront of military, automotive, public safety, household, and green energy products at thirteen strategically located plants – with over 2,000 employees – across North America.
We are tremendously grateful for the success and vision of Robert S. Morrison and Molded Fiber Glass Companies, because without him Northeast Ohio Regional Airport would not exist.
Robert S. Morrison was a founding member of the Ashtabula County Airport Authority created by the Ashtabula County Commissioners on July 29th, 1965. The Airport Authority was determined to create an airport that would meet the industrial and business need of Ashtabula County well into the future. The current location of the Northeast Ohio Regional Airport was selected as the prime site in the county and the necessary dimensions for a modern runway (at that time) were determined.
Today, 53 years later, HZY has completed a major reconstruction of the runway, with new lighting and expanded safety areas resulting in a 5,900 foot x 100 foot modern corporate jet capable facility. A new terminal building was recently completed, and essential ground services such as deicing, ground power unit, lavatory cart have been added. The Airport has over 31,000 square feet of conventional hangar space, with 44 T-hangars, and 13 tie-down spaces.
The initial founding letter from the Airport Authority Trustees stated, “Airports are connectors in a balanced transportation system. They are as essential as highways in opening the door to trade, business and industry. Our economic security depends upon providing adequate facilities to meet the competition of other areas and communities alert to the benefits of a modern airport.”
To this we respond, “Mission accomplished Mr. Morrison… well done… thank you, Sir!”