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    Mobile Instrument Service & Repair

    December 2013
    The Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Mobile Instrument Service & Repair, Inc. as December's Business/Entrepreneur of the Month.

    In 1978, a family in Bellefontaine, Ohio pioneered the OnSite Repair Industry. After spending years in operating rooms selling orthopedic implants, Dwight Reed, and his sons, Mick, Jerry, and Charlie, saw firsthand how frustrated surgeons were with dull instruments. They began driving dull instruments to Indiana for sharpening on the weekends. Chief Executive Officer, Mick Reed, recalls his mother, Elizabeth, telling them at a Sunday dinner that she had an idea;"Why don't you build a sharpening truck that can travel to the hospitals instead of taking instruments away from the hospitals?" Her idea was genius. That year, the Reed family introduced the first Mobile Instrument sharpening truck in the industry to hospitals in Central Ohio.

    By 1980, Mobile Instrument had expanded into Michigan, Florida, and Indiana. With a vision to take the company nationwide, the Reed brothers enlisted the help of their sister, Anne, for national advertising. Together, they grew Mobile Instrument nationwide and quickly became known as the most trusted name in surgical instrument repair.

    From the beginning, the Reed family set out to make Mobile Instrument a different kind of company. It is the people of Mobile that make the difference. Today, they have grown to over 175 OnSite Service Representatives with customers in 49 states and they proudly employ 200 people locally, many of which are Veterans.

    Mobile Instruments has grown into an innovative set of Mobile Service Labs, in a four building campus, dedicated to handling the most extensive repair, including: Stainless Steel Instrument Repair and Refurbishment, Color-Coding, Power and Video Equipment Preventive Maintenance Inspection, Diamond Dusting, Endoscopy and Laparoscopic Instrument Rebuilds and Insulation, Autoclave Chamber Cleaning, Asset Management and On-Location Inspection Education.

    During their 35 years in business Mobile Instruments has received many awards including being named a Premium Partner of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management from 2009-2012 and a Principal Partner in 2013; receiving the Medical Assets Capital Equipment Gold Supplier Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012; receiving the Premier Supplier Performance Award in 2010, and the Premier --Pinnacle Award in 2011 for outstanding quality performance as a supplier.

    We would also like to acknowledge Mick and all that he does for his employees and the community. It is not uncommon for employees and associates to find the following during the work weeks: truckloads of corn with bags and signs that read "take 3 bags enjoy; truckloads of watermelons and apples - same deal; fresh pies in the kitchen, baked by Mick that morning; a generous supporter of the Logan County Fair Baked Goods Auction, purchasing the grand champion pies and cakes; shipping financial aid to associates stricken by natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, and playing Santa every year with gifts, games, and prizes as large as $1000.

    Please join us in thanking Mick Reed and the staff at Mobile Instruments for everything they do for Logan County, helping us make our community a great place to live, work and play.