Things that don’t happen every day

A brotherly Mingo reunion in China

This falls in the category of things that don’t happen every day.

What are the odds of two brothers from Mingo Junction coincidentally being on business overseas at the same time this month and having an unexpected visit with each other because of it?

Such things probably aren’t the norm, but it was the experience for brothers Ed Treglia and John Treglia, the sons of Ed and Estelle Treglia of Mingo Junction

Never did the two brothers imagine they would one day travel to a foreign country, much less bump into each other in a foreign land because of their careers, according to their father.

Ed Treglia is employed by the Connecticut-based Ulbrich Stainless, producer of flat stainless wire for the surgical and solar energy industries. He serves as a corporate vice president and also as plant manager for its Clinton, S.C., plant. He was doing his usual traveling promoting stainless flat wire used in the solar energy business, according to his father.

John Treglia works as a mechanical engineer with Veyance Technologies and Goodyear Engineering, makers of a wide variety of heavy duty industrial equipment such as conveyor belts in Marysville, Ohio. John was given a temporary assignment and sent as a project engineer to a company joint venture with China where his objective was to upgrade and improve efficiency at their plant.

“Prior to the unplanned meeting, Ed, who travels extensively as a world player in the solar energy industry, was leaving on one of his business trips with his first stop in Japan,” the senior Treglia told me. “Upon learning that John was being dispatched to China, he made it a point to contact him. Ed then managed to revise his schedule to make a quick stop in China. John’s plant is located between Beijing and Shanghai, so Ed flew to Beijing, contacted John and arranged a meeting. They teamed up and took a Bullet Train to visit the Great Wall of China one day and the Confucius Temple the next. It was a spectacular get-together that yielded a joyous sibling reunion at the site of one of the wonders of the world halfway around the world, a truly impromptu unexpected reunion,” the father noted.

Ed Treglia earned his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering at the University of Cincinnati and his masters in business administration at Clemson University. He resides in Clemson, S.C., with his wife, Lindy, two sons and a daughter.

John Treglia lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio, with his wife, Linda, and three sons. He earned his mechanical engineering degree at Ohio State University.

The brothers both are graduates of Steubenville Catholic Central High School.