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From Compliance to a Cybersecurity Competitive Edge: Verhoff, CIFT and the Ohio MEP


We take pride in partnering with companies that push boundaries. Verhoff Machine & Welding Inc., founded in 1955, started by serving the Agricultural Industry. Over the years, they expanded to offer their expertise to the Industrial Manufacturing, Heavy Equipment, and Military Industries. Verhoff’s commitment to innovation is evident through their use of state-of-the-art CAD-CAM programming in Engineering, advanced CNC equipment in Manufacturing, and a Portable CMM in Quality Assurance. They offer a comprehensive range of services, including shape cutting, forming, cutoff, rolling, welding, cylinder expanding, machining, metal fabrication, and warehousing.

Their facility in Continental, Ohio, required continuous cybersecurity updating to maintain their compliance standards.

To solve this challenge, we collaborated closely with Verhoff. We worked through the open Plan of Actions and Milestones (PoAM) items identified during the initial assessment phase. Our fellow  Ohio MEP partner and cybersecurity expert, TechSolve, worked with Verhoff and their technology partners. Together, we were able to refine and enhance their policies, procedures, and plans, exploring technical measures to ensure compliance objectives were met. This framework allowed Verhoff to deal with changing cybersecurity issues today and into the future.

The project produced significant results:

  • $5,000,000 in retained sales
  • $50,000 in increased sales
  • $50,000 in increased investment in plant equipment
  • $50,000 in increased investment in information systems
  • 30 retained jobs

“Working with CIFT on the CMMC Cybersecurity Project at Verhoff contributed to our organization’s success. CIFT conducted a gap assessment and remediation of our current cybersecurity program, policies and annual documentation to the CMMC code and then provided assistance in completing corrective actions. CIFT also assisted with updating our organization’s PoAM, SOPs and provided training for our employees. Many of our clients require us to obtain CMMC Cybersecurity to continue doing business and therefore helped retain $5M in sales and cost savings.” – Barb Rieman, Verhoff’s CFO, on working with CIFT.

At CIFT, we are proud to follow our mission of “Igniting growth through innovation” by collaborating closely with our partners like Verhoff Machine & Welding Inc. Through these partnerships, we drive transformative changes in the food and manufacturing industry, helping businesses unlock their full potential. We are dedicated to innovation and excellence working to ensure that we provide cutting-edge solutions tailored to the unique needs of each client, delivering sustainable growth and competitive advantage.