By Tina Moshier

In the middle of 2004, Shayne Moshier purchased the much-neglected Andes Creamery building on Depot Street. The building had sat vacant since the early 1970s. After several meetings with the Andes Town Planning Board, Shayne was able to start moving his business, Romo Machine, into the hamlet of Andes. Following major cleaning and renovation (helped in part by the Delaware County IDA) the newly expanded business moved into the old Creamery in April 2006. In October of 2005, Romo Machine LLC took on another direction. Along with the machine shop, antique engine restoration, and electric motor sales & service, Romo has taken on metal fabrication. They now fabricate equipment for the tire industry. Some of their customers include Cooper, Goodyear, Caterpillar, and Michelin. In addition, they have done work for West Pharmaceuticals. The growing business now employs 5 full-time employees.

With further expansion in mind, the company plans to open a much-needed hardware store in Andes. It won’t be an Ace or a True Value but you will be able to get a nut, bolt, or screw in Andes again. The new store will carry such items as nuts, bolts, screws, plumbing supplies, electrical supplies, custom made hydraulic hoses, snow plow parts, Interstate batteries, and welding supplies. Customers can continue to order Tisco tractor parts, Grainger items, and Fastenal products. The repair of electric motors and power tools will still be part of the business. Feel free to stop in and visit. ~