Former powerful NBA rebounder spreads his new business – PHOTO


jamie-feick-basketballFormer NBA forward-center Jamie Feick could’ve been one of the best rebounders, had the injuries not taken over his career. After the NBA career was over, Feick transformed himself into a successful business man.

On September 5, Feick’s Mid-Ohio Tubing LLC was officially welcomed in Butler city of Pennsylvania by Mayor Kevin Carr and Councilman Raymond Swank.

Mid-Ohio Tubing LLC is a 60,000-square-foot welded steel tube mill facility in the former HiLo building on Elm Street where they manufacture round, square and rectangular industrial tubing.

Jamie Feick, CEO, and Wayne Riffe, president, opened the business Aug. 2, 2013.

“We saw a lot of potential in the building, we felt it really fit our needs. We feel at home here” said Feick.

Located in the old Hi-Lo building at 145 West Elm Street, Butler, the industrial tubing manufacturing plant officially opened on August 2 but was publicly unveiled August 29.

Feick and Wayne Riffe, President of Mid-Ohio Tubing had scouted a number of industrial sites in and around the Mansfield area. But once they toured the building in Butler, it became apparent the facility fit their needs.

Mid-Ohio Tubing LLC manufactures steel tubing in an assortment of shapes such as square, round and rectangle tubing that may be utilized in a variety of industries.

A Lexington graduate, Feick played basketball during school and later was a coach at Lexington. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1996, and went on to play in the NBA for five seasons.

Feick positioned himself as a strong rebounder in the NBA, and averaged career high 10.3 rpg during the 1998-99 NBA season. In his last two seasons with the New Jersey Nets, he averaged 9.3 rebounds per game. Feick was 6th in the NBA in offensive rebounds during the 1999-00 season.

He appeared in total of 201 NBA games (35 started), averaging 4.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg in 21.5 mpg.

Later, he became a professional cutting horse trainer and FLW pro bass tournament fisherman. Since then, he has put together many successful businesses.

“We came to Butler because we saw the potential in the building. The community and Mayor Carr have welcomed us with open arms and we have friends and family in the area,” Feick said.

“We have 10 employees now, with two employees ready to start. Eventually, we’ll have 25 to 30 employees working full time, Monday through Saturday,” Feick said.

The extensive renovations of the building began in May, with work on the building continuing with thoughts of future expansion.

“It was a lot of work, but we know there is a lot of potential and we feel at home,” Feick said.

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