News & Events

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $958,885 for Water Infrastructure in Delta, Ohio

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a grant totaling $958,885 to the Village of Delta to make water infrastructure improvements. The improvement project involves the construction of a new raw water pump station to be built immediately adjacent to the existing water treatment plant in the village. The pump station and water system will be owned, operated and maintained by the Village of Delta.

This investment by the EDA will immediately benefit two companies that made recent location announcements, selecting neighboring sites in the Village of Delta. Nature Fresh Farms, headquartered in Leamington, Ontario, Canada and MetalX, headquartered in Waterloo, Indiana, will use the raw water for growing crops in greenhouses and for cooling equipment in the metals business.

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Rebates Premiums….Again

Thanks to a strong investment portfolio, prudent financial decisions and a decreasing number of claims, the Ohio BWC finds itself in a familiar place again. In July, 2018 the Ohio BWC will be rebating nearly 85% of employer premiums for Ohio businesses. The 2018 rebates total nearly $1.5 billion; which brings the total rebates since 2011 to nearly $5.5 billion!

The Ohio BWC has moved from the third highest rate in the country to the 11th lowest rate since 2008!

FCEDC Hosts Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet was held on April 26, 2018 at Founder’s Hall in Archbold, Ohio. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. for more than 230 attendees and the Keynote Speaker, Bruce Boguski from The Winner’s Edge, delivered an excellent keynote address covering the topics of teamwork and motivation.

Earlier in the event, FCEDC Annual Award recipients were recognized for their outstanding work in several categories. Award recipients included:

Business of the Year: Fulton County Processing

Excellence in Industry: First Federal Bank & First Insurance Group

Excellence in Retail: Winchesters Restaurant & Saloon

Community Leadership: Fulton County Health Center

Volunteer of the Year: WMTR 96.1 Staff

Robert Fulton Award: Carl Buehrer, President, Fulton County Fair Board

2017 Economic Development Results

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to report that 2017 was again a successful year for economic development in Fulton County. In all, the FCEDC was involved in 13 projects last calendar year and these projects equated to more than $58 million in new investment and 132 new employment opportunities for citizens in the region!

In November, MetalX broke ground on their project with hopes of initiating operations in summer or fall of 2018. Earlier in the year, Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing began an expansion to their facility in Wauseon and MCS Manufacturing implemented an expansion to their business in Lyons. Several other businesses were attracted to the county and many more added new machinery & equipment or expanded their operation to better serve customers’ needs.

The FCEDC also saw 2016 projects wrap up during last calendar year. Nature Fresh Farms added 30 more acres of greenhouses; they now operate 45 acres of greenhouse space at their Delta location. Gerald Grain Company also completed the construction of their loop rail track near Delta, receiving their first unit train right before the end of the year.

While Fulton County experienced a year of growth, our regional and state partners also experienced immense economic growth. Regional Growth Partnership, our partners at a regional level, completed 131 economic development projects in 2017, which equated to more than $4 billion investment and 3,897 new employment opportunities. Please review RGP’s Annual Report by clicking the link below:

http://rgp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/RGP-2017-Annual-Report.pdf

JobsOhio, our state economic development partner, achieved unparalleled results as well. In their 2017 Annual Report, JobsOhio shared that they were involved in 272 economic development projects and nearly $10 billion was invested by businesses throughout the state of Ohio, expecting to increase employment by 22,788 new jobs. The 2017 JobsOhio Annual Report is as follows:

https://www.jobs-ohio.com/site/assets/files/2813/jobsohio_2017_annual_report.pdf

FCEDC Hosts Fulton County Career Exploration Day

More than 200 students from Fayette, Archbold, Wauseon, Pike Delta York, Swanton and Pettisville attended Fulton County Career Exploration Day on March 6, 2018. Hosted by the FCEDC, this event brought more than thirty local employers together to interview students in a mock interview setting. Students also had the opportunity to “pre” interview for summer work or permanent career opportunities that were of interest to them.

The objective of the Career Exploration Day event is to 1) Showcase local career options for students to consider as they graduate from high school or after they graduate from a college or university setting and 2) Provide a learning experience for students as they strive to enhance their interviewing skills and improve their resume.

Plans to conduct the Fulton County Career Exploration Day event next year are already underway. Businesses interested in participating are encouraged to contact Shannon or Matt at the FCEDC.