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The Suburbanite
  • Diebold restores 1930s-vintage safe for Glenmoor Gathering auction

  • When employees at Diebold decided to restore a vintage safe to sell at Saturday’s charity auction at Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, it was a lock they’d succeed.

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  • When employees at Diebold decided to restore a vintage safe to sell at Saturday’s charity auction at Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, it was a lock they’d succeed.
    “We knew we had to have high expectations because we were going into Glenmoor and had to hold up the company name,” said Salvatore “Sam” Agosta, senior product development and fabrication technician, who supervised the restoration. “We’re really fortunate to have the skills we have here. Everybody just came together.”
    By necessity, they came together quickly. After a restoration plan was formulated by John Kristoff, vice president and chief communications officer, a 1930s-era Diebold safe was found in Detroit.
    “It was pretty beat up, but it could be restored,” said Mike Jacobsen, senior director of corporate communications. “We brought it here in a truck at the end of July.
    “What was cool was that one of our project managers found an old ... brochure that talks about the product, so we were able to restore it to specs.”
    The original color was green, but Diebold workers repainted it black, a color offered for the product in the 1930s. Much of the work was done in-house, said Agosta.
    “We have tool and die makers, sheet metal workers, painters and all the tools,” he said. “The fabricating is something we do every day, so we felt comfortable with doing that.”
    Many of the inside shelves and a drawer had been removed and were prefabricated. A wheel on the safe was bent and the lock was jammed. All the graphics on the safe had to be recreated.
    “We found a gentleman in Polk, Ohio, outside of Ashland, a sign painter — Matt Lamborn of Golden Opportunity Signs — who restores safes,” said Agosta. “He was invaluable with his knowledge of how it was done in the past. It’s really old school, and that added a lot of uniqueness to restoring the safe.”
    Besides Lamborn, who painted the detailing and original logo on the safe, several other businesses and individuals assisted in the restoration. Akron Plating Co. donated nickel plating. Blackstone Engineering donated engineering service. Stark Sandblasting & Painting sandblasted the safe. Sherwin-Williams donated paint. Interior Graphic Systems donated the plaque that will be on display next to the safe during the Glenmoor auction. Rob R. Selogy provided transportation.
    In addition to Agosta, the Diebold safe restoration project team included Thomas Gerbec, senior fabrication technician; Larry Cain, manufacturing engineer; Bob Cole, manufacturing engineer; Brian Geiger, senior fabrication technician; Thomas Doss, manufacturing process specialist; Mark Wymer, senior product development and fabrication technician; and Carey George, senior product development and fabrication technician.
    The nearly 400-pound safe was brought to Glenmoor Country Club earlier this week, where it sat on a lobby pedestal to be inspected by potential bidders. Diebold is a sponsor of the Glenmoor Gathering, so the safe became an illustration of the company’s commitment to the charity auction, which benefits Wolstein Research Center of University Hospitals in Cleveland.
    Page 2 of 2 - “All of us were interested in doing something for the community,” said Agosta. “The fact that it was a high profile event like the Glenmoor Gathering added something to it.”
    Gathering at Glenmoor
    The 2011 Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles will have its Concours D’Elegance from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Glenmoor Country Club. Tickets are $20.
    The gala dinner, including the auction, will be tonight. For details visit www.GlenmoorGathering.com or call 330-966-3600.