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Governor, Patt-McDaniel Announce Expansion Projects to Create and Retain 4,740 Jobs
[October 26, 2010]

Governor, Patt-McDaniel Announce Expansion Projects to Create and Retain 4,740 Jobs


(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 25 -- The Ohio Department of Development issued the following news release: Ohio businesses will receive more than $2.24 million in economic development grants to aid economic growth, leveraging more than $64.4 million. The State Controlling Board today approved 14 grants administered by the Ohio Department of Development, which are expected to create 1,089 jobs and retain 3,651 positions.



"Companies are investing in Ohio because they recognize the Ohio advantage - a strong business climate, the lowest business taxes in the Midwest and a reformed education system," said Governor Ted Strickland. "Because we've invested in those Ohio advantages, unemployment fell for the sixth straight month, businesses are choosing to locate and grow here, and Ohio is poised to emerge from the recession even stronger than we were before." "Strategic partnerships with businesses across our state are helping to create and retain well-paid Ohio jobs," said Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. "The projects have an ability to make a significant impact on Ohio's economy, contributing to each Ohioan's overall prosperity." International Technical Coatings, Inc. will receive a $200,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's new project in the City of Columbus (Franklin County). In addition, the company will purchase a 667,000-square-foot facility to house the company's eastern stell wire drawing and manufacturing operation. International Technical Coatings is a privately owned manufacturer of wire mesh products for the material handling and storage products industries. The more than $14.9 million project is expected to create 120 jobs.

Kenexis Consulting Corporation will receive a $25,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of a building in support of the company's project in the City of Upper Arlington (Franklin County). In addition, the company will expand its corporate headquarters in Ohio. Kenexis is a private industrial consulting firm focusing on safety and process improvements for industrial clients worldwide. The more than $700,000 project is expected to create 10 jobs and retain 16 positions.


Koneta, Inc. will receive a $125,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment to support the company's retention project in the City of Wapakoneta (Auglaize County). In addition, the company will expand its manufacturing operations by renovating its 167,000-square-foot facility. Koneta is a privately owned manufacturer of engineered rubber and plastic products, designing and developing innovative molds from both new and recycled materials. The $1.55 million project is expected to create 83 jobs and retain 139 positions.

Libbey, Inc. will receive a $36,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment to support the company's expansion project in the City of Toledo (Lucas County). In addition, the company will renovate its existing 1.7 million-square-foot building. Founded in 1818, Libbey is the leading producer of glass tableware products in the Western Hemisphere and has the largest manufacturing, distribution, and service network among North American glass tableware manufacturers. The $10 million project is expected to create 50 jobs and retain 1,246 positions.

OSG-Sterling Die, Inc. will receive a $20,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's retention project in the City of Parma (Cuyahoga County). In addition, the company will renovate its existing warehouse to a manufacturing facility, and make leasehold improvements. OSG-Sterling Die is a manufacturer of forming tools for the metal fastener industry. The more than $1.63 million project is expected to create 12 jobs and retain 60 positions. Overhead Door Corporation will receive a $250,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's consolidation project in the Village of Mount Hope (Holmes County). In addition, the company will consolidate 16 plant locations as a result of the brand acquisition with Genie. Overhead Door Corporation is a world leader in the garage door and garage door opener industry. The more than $1.35 million project is expected to create 150 jobs and retain 549 positions.

Owens-Brockway Glass Container, Inc. will receive a $300,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's expansion project in the City of Perrysburg (Wood County). In addition, the company will renovate an existing facility to include a new Glass and Materials Science Laboratory for research and development activities. Owens-Brockway produces glass containers for beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors. The $12 million project is expected to create 55 jobs and retain 802 positions.

Quality Supply Chain Co-Op, Inc. will receive a $100,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery, equipment, and leasehold improvements in support of the company's expansion project in the City of Dublin (Franklin County). In addition, the company will establish a corporate headquarters and expand its current facility within the City. Quality Supply Chain Co-Op.is the exclusive purchasing agent for Wendy's fast food restaurants in the United States and Canada, managing the purchases of food and packaging items, logistics, and distribution. The more than $660,000 project is expected to create 24 jobs and retain 20 positions.

Ruralogic, Inc. will receive a $150,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's three new projects in the City of Bryan (Williams County), the City of Archbold (Fulton County), and the City of Napoleon (Henry County). In the City of Bryan, the company will expand an existing building leased by the company for the production of Tier-One software development services to corporations. Ruralogic provides Tier-One corporate software development services such as report writing, forms development, SharePoint management, and NET and JAVA development. The more than $870,000 project is expected to create 121 jobs.

Safecor Health, LLC will receive a $25,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's project in the City of Columbus (Franklin County). In addition, the company will establish a headquarters office and a packaging facility that will be used to facilitate shipments to hospitals and long-term care facilities across the country. The more than $1.5 million project is expected to create 40 jobs.

SRI Ohio Inc. will receive a $50,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's new project in the City of Lancaster (Fairfield County). In addition, the company will lease and expand an existing 60,000-square-foot facility by an additional 20,000 square feet, and establish a three-shift screen printing operation. Founded in 1979, SRI's specialty includes glass container decorating, silk-screen printing, and powder coating of bottles for the beverage industry. The $6 million project is expected to create 90 jobs.

STERIS Corporation will receive a $355,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's expansion project in the City of Mentor (Lake County). In addition, the company will create an efficient operating corporation campus through the renovation and use of existing buildings and the addition of a new building. STERIS is a leading provider of infection prevention and surgical products and services focused primarily on the health care, pharmaceutical, and research markets. The more than $11.1 million project is expected to create 239 jobs and retain 800 positions.

U.S. Refractory Products, LLC will receive an $11,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of new machinery and equipment in support of the company's expansion project in the City of North Ridgeville (Lorain County). In addition, the company will expand its operations to incorporate more sophisticated manufacturing technologies. U.S. Refractory Products assists in the design, manufacture, and service of refractory products used for the steel and metal industries. The more than $350,000 project is expected to create 40 jobs and retain 19 positions.

Wood County Port Authority will receive $600,000 in a Roadwork Development Grant for the costs associated with the completion of public roadwork improvements in support of CSX Transportation, Inc. project in Henry Township (Wood County). This project involves the construction of a new facility for Evansville Western Railway, Inc. to act as the hub of the CSX intermodal network. The more than $1.8 million project is expected to assist CSX in creating 55 jobs.

The Rapid Outreach Grant is a grant program to assist companies and communities that are creating or retaining jobs in Ohio. The Roadwork Development Grant provides grant assistance to communities for highway and road projects related to job creation and retention. The Roadwork Development Account is funded with gas tax dollars, and is restricted to public road projects only.

Working with our partners across business, state and local governments, academia, and the nonprofit sector, the Ohio Department of Development works to attract, create, grow, and retain businesses through competitive incentives and targeted investments. Engaged every day in marketing, innovating, investing, and collaborating, the Ohio Department of Development works at the speed of business to accelerate and support the teamwork that is necessary for success by providing financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio's future.

TNS RadHar67-JF78--101026-3072896 StaffFurigay (c) 2010 Targeted News Service

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