(216) 231-2600

(800) 935-2601

9503 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44104

Charles (Chuck) Thayer


Since 1962, family-owned Forge Products Corporation has produced premium open die forgings for industrial customers across America and around the world. Located near major freeways, airports, rail yards and the Port of Cleveland, Ohio, the company employs a talented crew of metalworkers cross-trained and focused on quality with an average tenure of 20 years.


Charles (Chuck) Thayer shares the same name as his father, but as a child he believed the two had little in common. During a childhood visit to the Cleveland, Ohio forge shop where his father worked, he said, “I remember thinking, this is one place you’ll never catch me.” The memory often makes him laugh: Mr. Thayer is now President of Forge Products Corporation, the company he and his father started in 1962.

Initially focused on the statewide need for machine tools, Forge Products grew steadily over the years, successfully entering new national and international markets to serve diverse industries. The growth led to a series of four moves, each representing another investment in the city of Cleveland.

Located at 9503 Woodland Avenue since 1977, the company built a new, two-story office addition in 2012. Expansive upgrades in equipment and quality improvement have resulted in a core of loyal customers who have stayed with the company for a generation or longer.

Family-owned through three generations, today, Forge Products features two generations of the Thayer family on staff. And it’s not unusual to find an employee on the shop floor with 25 years tenure at the plant or more. The company marked its 50th anniversary in 2012.


In addition to a comprehensive Quality Assurance Program that meets or exceeds MIL-S-45208A and MIL-I-45662A standards, Forge Products works exclusively with approved suppliers for testing and heat treating. These facilities are selected for demonstrated commitment to quality and certifications to meet various aerospace and military certifications and approvals, including:

  • - A2LA (American Association for Laboratory Accreditation)

  • - AS 9100 (International Aerospace Quality Group)

  • - ISO 9001 (International Organization for Standardization)

  • - Nadcap (National Aerospace & Defense Contractors Accreditation Program)


Manufacturers across a broad spectrum choose Forge Products to produce critical parts for large and heavy-duty machines, tools and equipment, including:

Ball & Roller Bearing
Diesel Engine
Farm Equipment
Machine Tool
Marine Equipment
Material Handling
Metal Forming
Mining Equipment
Power Generation
Power Shovels & Cranes
Road Construction
Space Vehicles


During the 2014 holiday season, Forge Products will be CLOSED on the following dates:

  • − December 24, 2014-January 2, 2015

COSE Update – December 2012 (Council of Smaller Enterprises)