Alliance is a weird little town of about 22,000 with a rich,
but now stagnant industrial history. For the plane enthusiasts,
Taylorcraft Aircraft originated here. Due to the proximity of mega steel
producers like Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Alliance was a booming manufacturing hub 100
years ago with rail service running right through the city, then and now. We
still have a (barely used) AmTrak station. Our mall just officially closed after
sitting vacant since I was a child and I guess a Meijer is coming in. Big news
for a small town. Real estate is absurdly cheap out here. You can buy a
completely livable house for less than $70k.
Local activities include machining gun parts
and watching the grass grow. We have a Starbucks. I have never seen a city with
such dichotomous neighborhoods. You can be in a ghetto with abject poverty,
drive 5 minutes and sit among million dollar homes.
We also have an odd amount of airfields in the area.
One of our most interesting talking points is the actual, honest to god
castle right in the middle of the city, which currently houses the school administration offices.
Cat Fanciers' Association inexplicably decided to move their headquarters here. There are
a few larger corporations with major offices or headquarters in the industrial
There's a couple machine shops, too, including
my little one-man gig.
If a listing on my site features the Made In
Ohio graphic, it means it was machined completely from raw materials right here in my
small shop. I am blessed with the tools at my disposal, even if they're nothing
special compared to a "real" facility. Nevertheless, I take pride in what I
machine. If Made In USA is important to you, look for the graphic.