The City Council of Bryan, Ohio, honored W. P. (Paul) Troder, president of Allied Moulded Products Inc., in August in recognition of the company's 50th anniversary. Bryan Mayor Doug Johnson presented Troder with a plaque declaring Aug. 2, 2008, to be “Paul Troder Day.” Troder accepted the plaque but asked to deflect the honor to certain past employees.

During the week of its anniversary, Allied hosted its first Vendor Appreciation Day to recognize companies that have helped Allied to grow through 50 years in business. The celebration culminated in an Allied company picnic on Saturday, Aug. 2 with many employees and their families. Special guests included company mascots “Ampy” and “Watts.” A huge banner congratulating Mr. Troder was signed by all the employees. A committee created a cookbook containing favorite recipes submitted by Allied employees. The cookbooks were sold to raise money for “Adopt a Family,” a local charity.

Troder started Allied Moulded Products in his garage, where he produced the first fiberglass outlet boxes in 1958. Due to their corrosion resistance, the boxes were exceptionally suited for use in chicken coops, hog houses and cattle barns, and sold well from the time they were introduced in the Wisconsin and Minnesota markets. Today, Allied Moulded Products has a complete line of non-metallic outlet boxes as well as fiberglass enclosures sold through a network of sales agents to electrical distributors nationwide.

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