Economic Development News
Monday, November 12 2018
Dynamic new shop/Makerspace at CSU made possible thanks to a partnership with The Austin Company
Cleveland, OH -- Cleveland State University has opened a new state-of-the-art, hands-on, woodshop within The Dan T. Moore Makerspace at the Washkewicz College of Engineering. The facility, made possible through a collaboration between The Austin Company and CSU will contain teaching space, multiple pieces of woodworking equipment and an advanced Shopbot, a 3-axis CNC machine for fabricating wood, plastic and aluminum.
In recognition of The Austin Company’s support in making the facility possible, CSU is pleased to announce the new woodshop will be named the Samuel Austin Woodshop (SAW), after company founder, Samuel Austin. The SAW will provide CSU students with maker-based learning opportunities through hands-on workshops, industry expertise and student projects.
Tuesday, April 17 2018
Wilmington, OH — The Wilmington Air Park has once again earned its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Certification, affirming that the airport facilities, infrastructure, staffing, and operations protocols are on par with other large airports around the country.
“This certification is important to maintain for both our current and future aviation tenants,” said Dan Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority. “It confirms a high level of readiness, best practices, and aviation infrastructure for airlines that would be considering operations at the Wilmington Air Park.”
Monday, December 04 2017
Columbus, OH – Cintas Corporation – a leading supplier of corporate identity uniform programs, promotional products, restroom supplies, first aid, fire safety products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning – announced plans to invest $10.4 million in a new distribution center in Groveport, OH. The company will lease 217,000 square feet to create its first free-standing distribution center in 10 years. Cintas will add 69 jobs in picking, shipping and office operations. The company will begin hiring for those positions in March 2018. All positions will be posted at www.cintas.com/careers.
“As our business evolves, we are exploring ways to take better care of our valued customers and establishing a distribution presence is a key step,” said Terri Cain, vice president of Distribution, Production Planning and Replenishment at Cintas Corporation. “This new facility in the Columbus Region will allow Cintas Corporation to better and more efficiently serve our vast customer base.”
Monday, December 04 2017
Columbus, OH – PharmaForce Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing company, will expand two of its existing facilities in the Columbus Region, investing approximately $145 million and creating 80 new jobs. Construction and remodeling will commence in 2018, with hiring for packaging, mechanical, sterile, quality assurance and validation beginning in Q1 and late 2018 for the New Albany and Hilliard facilities respectively.
“Our operations in New Albany and Hilliard have played a critical role in the growth of our company, and the investment in our manufacturing, warehouse and R&D capabilities supports that growth,” said PharmaForce Vice President and General Manager Dante Serricchio.
PharmaForce will add approximately 140,000 square feet to its New Albany facility to build out its manufacturing and warehouse operations. The company will also reconfigure and remodel a portion of the existing warehouse and production space. In Hilliard, PharmaForce will remodel and add 1,800 square feet to its existing facility, with plans to invest in new production equipment and supporting infrastructure.
Wednesday, November 01 2017
Columbus, OH — Le Tote Inc., the fashion rental service that delivers unlimited clothing and accessories for a flat monthly fee, announced plans to open a distribution center in the Columbus Region, creating 400 new jobs. Hiring for positions in warehouse, quality control, receiving, inventory and laundry will begin in Q4 2017.
Thursday, October 12 2017
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $30 million to support 35 projects in 15 states under the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative. The funding will assist locally-driven efforts to communities and regions severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development and re-employment opportunities.
Tuesday, September 12 2017
Dayton, OH -- NDC Technologies’ new Huber Heights headquarters means an additional 42 jobs for the Dayton region and an opportunity for some of its employees to make a big move to Ohio.
In early 2017, the company announced it would move its headquarters from Irwindale, California, to Huber Heights in a key decision designed to consolidate production and administrative functions. Relocation of its headquarters was one of several initiatives the company undertook in 2017 to grow its capabilities in the markets it serves. In order to expand, NDC officials had to look for a place with a more competitive business climate, a lower cost of living, and better proximity to its manufacturing partners and customers.
Wednesday, August 30 2017
Cincinnati, OH — Two companies that have been growing in the region for decades are growing the Cincinnati region’s economy.
Hamilton Casework Solutions
“We started as a family-owned company in the 1960s,” said Brad Quick, General Manager of Hamilton Casework Solutions. “Today, we’re selling our products around the world – all created by the talented workers we’re finding here in the Greater Cincinnati area.”
Tuesday, August 15 2017
Hundreds of Farmers, Area Leaders Join Poet CEO in Commemorating Start of Construction, New Jobs, New Grain Demand
Marion, OH -- POET Biorefining – Marion broke ground today to expand its production capacity from 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons per year. The project will also increase production of dried distillers grains from the current 178,000 tons annually to 360,000 tons. With the groundbreaking, site work has officially begun, with project completion slated for Q3 of 2018.
“This expansion will add 26 million bushels of new corn demand annually for the local area and create new jobs and economic activity for rural Ohio," POET CEO Jeff Broin said. “In recent years, I know farmers are struggling with low commodity prices, which is creating lower farm incomes and decreasing land values. Biofuels have been the only real growth sector for ag commodities in the past decade. We will need to see biofuels increase as a percentage of the US and world fuel supply, and as a percentage of our gas tanks to stabilize worldwide ag prices and land values. We are excited that the Marion plant expansion can play a small role in this important arena."
Tuesday, May 16 2017
Wilmington, OH — The Wilmington Air Park has once again earned its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Certification, recognizing that the airport facilities, staffing, operations and infrastructure are on par with other large airports around the country.
Thursday, April 27 2017
Pataskala, OH — GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation and the City of Pataskala, in partnership with Columbus 2020, are pleased to announce a relocation and expansion of TechR2, LLC’s headquarters into the City of Pataskala. TechR2 is a national and global leader in digital data security. The HQ facility will accommodate TechR2’s continuing growth in its media retention and data eradication business operations based in Central Ohio.
Sean Gouhin, who serves as EVP and Corporate Counsel of TechR2, applauded the new relationship, “We recently experienced a significant growth spurt after we were granted a patent for our Tear-A-Byte® Track-Contain-Destroy onsite media security methods. GROW Licking County, The City of Pataskala and Columbus 2020 provided us with an attractive platform through which to house and implement our much needed expansion.”
Ohio Pack LLC Announces New $25.4 Million Manufacturing Facility in Columbus Region, Creating 66 Jobs
Thursday, April 27 2017
Columbus, OH – Ohio Pack LLC, a manufacturer of the raw material used in flexible packaging for the food industry, announced it will build a new manufacturing facility in Heath, OH, investing nearly $25.4 million and adding 66 jobs over five years.
The company will build a 135,000-square-foot facility on a 20-acre property located in the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center. The new facility will manufacture blown plastic film, one of the raw materials used in flexible packaging manufacturing. Ohio Pack will invest $13 million toward building costs and nearly $12.4 million toward machinery and equipment. Hiring for the manufacturing positions will begin in 2018.
Monday, April 24 2017
Columbus, OH — Keno Kozie Associates, a provider of information technology design, service and support to leading law firms and legal departments, announced it is opening a new location in the Columbus Region and hiring 36 new employees.
“Our new Columbus Region location will extend Keno Kozie’s national footprint of delivering superior solutions designed to support the legal technology community,” said Martin Catania, partner, Keno Kozie Associates. “Our focus has and will continue to be serving clients in the most creative and cost-efficient ways possible. As our clients have grown and adopted a real-time, agile approach to technology, it made sense for us to open an additional location to accommodate strong, more efficient client service and improve geographic redundancy.”
Tuesday, March 28 2017
Columbus, OH – Infoverity, LLC, a global professional services organization that provides Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) strategy and implementation solutions, announced it is expanding operations in the Columbus Region, creating 40 new jobs and investing $100,000. Hiring for information management consulting, managed services and operations positions will begin in late Q2 2017.
Monday, January 30 2017
Columbus, OH -- Rocket Code, an E-commerce agency whose design and development efforts electrify how brands and customers experience one another, announced that it is expanding in Columbus, creating 30 new software development jobs. Hiring is expected to begin in Q1 2017. Rocket Code will invest $50,000 in building costs and software development.
Formed in 2014, Rocket Code provides customers with tools and insights to help them increase their revenue. Its strategy, design and development efforts allow e-commerce companies to test different variables on their online platforms to improve customer experience, and thereby improve sales. Its clients include a number of Columbus-based retailers.
“Rocket Code is excited to continue our growth in Columbus,” said Jonathan Poma, CEO, Rocket Code. “We love this city. Its strong retail ecosystem provides us with a deep pool of prospective customers and talent.”
Monday, January 30 2017
Columbus Operations Advance Facility Improvements and Machinery
Columbus, OH – West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corp., one of the leading generic prescription medication providers in the U.S. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hikma PLC, announced that it is growing its existing Columbus facility by adding new machinery and equipment and making facility improvements. The company will also add 65 jobs over the course of 2017.
The expansion will allow the company to accommodate new and expanding product lines. West-Ward also has a 276,000-square-foot distribution facility in Obetz that broke ground in 2016 and will employ 30 once complete.
“Growing our manufacturing presence in Columbus will help us continue to improve our ability to deliver consistent, affordable quality products to patients across the U.S.,” said Brian Hoffmann, president, West-Ward. “Columbus’ strategic location plays a key role in our domestic presence, providing us with easy market access to our U.S. customers.”
Monday, October 31 2016
Center to House 400 Jobs by 2021
Columbus, OH -- BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting firms announced that it will open a 33,000 square-foot business service center at a to-be determined location in Columbus to support the firm’s rapid growth. The firm plans to commence initial hiring in the final quarter of 2016 and plans to expand occupancy and space over time to accommodate more than 400 specialists and supervisory personnel by the end of 2021.
BDO USA is the fastest-growing of all national accounting organizations. In its most recent fiscal year, BDO USA reported revenue of $1.29 billion, an industry-leading 23 percent increase from fiscal year 2015. This represents the third consecutive year that the firm’s revenue has exceeded 20 percent growth and during the past four years, BDO’s revenues have more than doubled from $618 million in 2012 to $1.29 billion today.
Monday, October 17 2016
New baking production facility will improve efficiency and increase production
Cleveland, OH -- Florida Bread (www.bread.com.tw/), a 67-year-old bakery in Taipei, Taiwan, is growing rapidly and needs a new production facility that consolidates operations, improves efficiency and increases production.
Florida Bread has engaged the United States’ leading bakery design-builder, The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), to provide master planning services for the new facility design and process equipment layout. Austin’s team visited Taipei over the summer to gain an understanding of existing operations and the site for the new facility.
Tuesday, September 20 2016
Developer receives city tax exemption to offset asbestos abatement
Tiffin, OH -- Rensko Holdings, a company out of Westerville Ohio, has purchased 1630 West Market Street and is announcing that they plan to build a Tim Hortons franchise on the property. The project will cost an estimated $1.44 million and create 35 new jobs.
Rensko owns nearly 30 Tim Hortons developments in Ohio. The company has been expanding and has identified additional growth markets for this and next year throughout the state. Tiffin is one they are targeting. Rensko is also planning to build a Tim Hortons store in Fostoria.
Jennifer Francis, Manager of New Development for Rensko Holdings, said market research and the community’s reputation has shown Tiffin to be an ideal market for a new Tim Hortons. “We are impressed with all the retail development going on in Tiffin and how the city continues to grow. We think a new Tim Hortons will be a great addition to the community,” she said.
Monday, April 04 2016
Cleveland, OH -- Since 1916, The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com) has served the aviation, aerospace and defense industry, and is proud to celebrate 100 years of service to this industry in 2016 – a centennial that we share with The Boeing Company and Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.
Throughout these 100 years, Austin architects, engineers and constructors have accomplished great feats and devised many innovations for the aviation sector. We designed and built the largest industrial building in the world for The Boeing Company in Everett, WA. Our innovations include bi-fold hangar doors, fiberglass wall panels for WWII bomber plants that saved metal, induced airflows to improve ventilation in large plants, and rolling work platforms to speed schedules.
Wednesday, February 17 2016
Experienced professionals expand and play key roles on The Austin Company’s management team and provide expertise for continued growth of leading design-build firm.
Cleveland, Ohio -- The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com) continues its growth through the hiring and promotion of senior personnel. The Company has appointed Jim Neveu, Project Executive; Steve Francis, Project Executive; Chris Jackson, Director of Preconstruction Services; and David Oshins, Manager of Engineering and Design.
“The expertise and leadership of these individuals will drive and continue to support Austin’s growth in the marketplace and continuous improvement in the services we provide our clients,” stated Mike Pierce, president of The Austin Company.
Thursday, November 05 2015
Columbus, OH -- Italy-based Sofidel Group has announced plans to locate a new U.S. manufacturing facility in the Columbus Region. Pending required approvals and favorable due diligence, the facility will be located in Circleville.
Tuesday, October 27 2015
Cleveland, OH -- The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), an international design, engineering, construction and location consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, continues its growth in 2015, announcing the addition of multiple associates located in Ohio, Georgia, California and Missouri.
Thursday, August 06 2015
Provides the company with expanded capabilities in Europe
Twinsburg, OH -- Q Holding Company, d.b.a. Qure Medical, with corporate headquarters in Twinsburg, Ohio, has acquired UK-headquartered Silicone Altimex, announced Randy Ross, President and CEO of Qure Medical. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Qure Medical provides integrated elastomer solutions to medical device manufacturers. Silicone Altimex is one of Europe’s leading independent manufacturers of cleanroom-produced silicone tubing components and assemblies for the pharmaceutical industry.
“This transaction is an important step in realizing our global ambitions,” said Qure Medical’s Ross. “Silicone Altimex is a great fit with our business and we look forward to capitalizing on the strengths of each organization. The acquisition provides us with manufacturing facilities in Europe and will enable us to grow our overall capacity, especially in the attractive pharmaceutical and assembly business.”
Wednesday, May 20 2015
Cleveland, Ohio –- The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com), an international design, engineering, construction and location consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, continues its growth in 2015, announcing the addition of multiple associates located in Ohio, Georgia, California, Michigan and Missouri.
Wednesday, February 18 2015
“Keeping Pace with an Accelerated Environment”
West Chester, OH -- Over 1000 of the world’s top experts on data center management will converge in Las Vegas at the Mirage hotel from April 19 to 23rd for the Data Center World Global Conference and Expo. Data Center professionals will meet to address future changes in Regulations and Codes, along with discussions on Data Center Strategies, Best Practices and Cloud. The conference includes more than 70 vendor neutral education sessions, premium pass sessions and the industry’s largest tradeshow with more than 250 product and service exhibitors.
“We are excited about the topics being covered in this conference that are timely and important to all types of data center professionals,” said Tom Roberts, president of AFCOM and Data Center World conference chair. “We continue to address all aspects of the data center through specific tracks, vendor neutral education and end-user input. This year’s conference is bigger than ever and will provide more networking opportunities than ever before.” Read Full Story...
Tuesday, February 10 2015
Federal ruling issued approves port authorities’ request for re-designation of regional harbor
The Ports of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky -- The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and the Northern Kentucky Port Authority are pleased to announce formal final approval to re-designate the Port of Cincinnati to include a larger geographic region was recently received.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers has issued approval for modification of the Port of Cincinnati 26-mile statistical boundary. The Army Corps Navigation and Civil Works Decision Support Center issued the approval of the expansion and the name change to “The Ports of Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.” The port district now includes a 226.5 mile reach of the Ohio River, including a 7-mile reach of the Licking River, in 15 counties.
Tuesday, February 03 2015
Exhibit to focus on strategies and technologies to deliver next-level solutions for e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment
Cincinnati, OH -- ProMat Intelligrated® (www.intelligrated.com), a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces its show lineup for ProMat 2015, March 23-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago. At booth #2903 in the south hall, Intelligrated will showcase its latest solutions to optimize order fulfillment processes, delivering the flexibility, speed and accuracy required by fast-paced e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment operations.
Booth visitors can experience a conceptual distribution center, featuring exhibitions of the company’s software, picking technologies, put wall, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), conveyor solutions and sortation systems. Intelligrated’s fulfillment execution, labor management and business intelligence software products improve operational efficiency by managing labor, processes, inventory and equipment with actionable reporting and analytics. Picking technologies that enable fast, accurate fulfillment in a variety of workflows will be on display through kiosks, mobile picking carts and a dynamic put wall integrated to demonstrate goods-to-person fulfillment.