Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Middlesex Business Owner Honored for Helping Soon-Deployed Soldier

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Middlesex Business Owner Honored for Helping Soon-Deployed Soldier

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Emil Schultz IV didn't have to think twice before he said yes to the request.

And because of that, he has been honored as an employer who promotes and supports members of the armed forces.

As the owner of Schultz Ornamental Iron Work in Middlesex, Mr. Schultz, 22, has received a Seven Seals Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense organization.

The request Mr. Schultz granted came from Mariah Joyce of Big Beaver. Her husband, Adam, was about to be deployed overseas with the Army, and she knew he had wanted to try his hand at ornamental iron work. So, she thought doing iron work together would be a nice way to spend a day before he left.

She contacted a couple of shops and Mr. Schultz immediately said yes.

"As soon as I saw what she wanted to do, of course I said yes. Why wouldn't I? This is someone who is willing to serve our country. It was the least I could do," said Mr. Schultz, who also lives in Middlesex.

Mrs. Joyce had been rejected by one shop she contacted, and another company didn't reply.

"I had never met them, but I couldn't say 'no,' " Mr. Schultz said of the Joyces.

Mr. Schultz started welding at a young age. His father enjoyed working in iron work as a hobby, and as a child, Mr. Schultz would often keep him company. Mr. Schultz's great-grandfather had started an ornamental iron business years ago, but the company had been dormant for years. The younger Mr. Schultz discovered he enjoyed welding and creating ornamental pieces.

"I really started when I was in high school and would pick up six or seven customers a year," he said.

About five years ago, he met a blacksmith and that meeting provided him with enough confidence to pursue the vocation as a career. To appease his parents, he also pursued an associate degree at Butler County Community College, but he was intent on growing his small business.

"As first, when I was in school, I was making about $100 a week, but now my business is just booming," Mr. Schultz said. Most of his clients are homeowners who want iron pieces for their homes.

When making arrangements for the Joyces to spend a day at his shop, Mr. …

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