Ariel Corporation Executives to Speak at Ashbrook Luncheon on Sept. 21

Ariel Corporation Executives to Speak at Ashbrook Luncheon/Lecture on Sept. 21

9/8/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Jim Buchwald, founder of Ariel Corporation, and Alex Wright, chief operating officer of Ariel, will speak on the topic of “Made in America: Creation of One of the Best Capital Goods Companies in the World” at the Ashbrook Center’s Major Issues Lecture Series on Sept. 21 at noon in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

Tickets for this luncheon event are $20 per person or a table of eight for $160. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Nixon at (419) 207-6094 or or order online at

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ariel Corporation. Ariel is headquarted in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and is the world’s largest manufacturer of separable reciprocating natural gas compressors. The company’s founder, Jim Buchwald, tells the grand story of Ariel through a series of letters he wrote to his grandson, Alex Wright, who is the company’s chief operating officer. These letters are the basis for Jim Buchwald’s book titled Letters to Alex: A History of Ariel Corporation that gives special insight into why Ariel became a success.

Buchwald and Wright will have a conversation with Roger Beckett, director of the Ashbrook Center, and talk about how an idea became a basement operation that evolved into a state-of-the-art factory. It is a story of impossible challenges and a story of a remarkable workforce who take pride in producing the highest quality product in the world. It is a perfectly American story proving that free men can prosper.

The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Through undergraduate, graduate and civic programs, the Ashbrook Center aspires to be the leading national educator in the enduring principles and practice of free government in the United States. ###