News and Events

FCEDC to Host Leadercast

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) will be hosting Leadercast on Friday, May 5 at the Northwest Ohio Education Service Center in Archbold. This day-long event is the world’s largest simulcast leadership development activity. Internationally recognized speakers will share their leadership methods and provide insight to more than 100,000 participants across the globe.

Individual tickets may be obtained for $60 or a table of ten registrations for $500 by contacting Shannon Shulters at or (419) 337-9270.

More information about the event can be found at

FCEDC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Scheduled

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet is scheduled to be held on April 27, 2017 at Founder’s Hall in Archbold, Ohio starting at 5:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the Keynote Speaker, Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeff Robinson, will discuss the new Fulton County drug court and ways business can be involved in decreasing drug use in Fulton County.

This event is open to members and non-members alike. If you would like to register, contact Shannon Shulters at or (419) 337-9270.

FCEDC Hosts Fulton County Career Exploration Day

More than 130 students from Fayette, Archbold, Wauseon, Pike Delta York and Liberty Center Schools attended Fulton County Career Exploration Day on April 6, 2017. 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.

FCEDC Hosts Annual Educators Bus Tour

In early March, the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) hosted educators and administrators from Swanton, Pike Delta York, Evergreen, Fayette, Archbold and Wauseon Schools on a bus tour that made stops at several county businesses. Educators had the opportunity to tour places like Sauder Woodworking, Swanton Welding, Product Movers, Tomahawk Printing, Farmers & Merchants State Bank Operations Center and Archbold Medical Group and discuss the future career opportunities that their current students will have available locally as well as the skills that students will need to succeed in the workplace during the next generation.

The bus tour has been a fantastic opportunity for educators to learn about the innovations companies throughout every industry are making to succeed now and in the future. The tours, scheduled over a period of two days, included more than 25 people and many businesses contributed to the success of the event.

Gilroy Appointed to NORED Board

FCEDC Executive Director, Matt Gilroy, was appointed to the Executive Board of the Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association. Serving a term as Secretary for the Executive Committee will provide Fulton County more exposure regionally and will give Mr. Gilroy the opportunity to benchmark and network with peers in economic development.

After learning of the appointment, Matt Gilroy stated, “I am honored to be chosen among my colleagues in economic development throughout the region to serve on the Executive Board. Regional collaboration in our efforts to enhance economic growth and new investment in our individual communities and counties is important; we will grow stronger quicker by collaboration, friendly competition and open communication.”

2016 an Excellent Year for Economic Development in Fulton County, Ohio

The FCEDC is celebrating an excellent year in economic development. 2016 has proved to be a year of growth and investment throughout Fulton County. Major project announcements were made in March, 2016 for Worthington Industries, located near Delta, and ConAgra Foods, located in Archbold. Later in the year, Gerald Grain Company announced a $16 million investment that they plan to make in new grain storage as well as a unique rail loop that will allow Norfolk Southern Railroad to bring in a unit train that will be filled with grain within 24 hours and shipped out to customers throughout North America. The loop track design is the first on the Norfolk Southern Railroad east of the Mississippi River. Only three to five exist on all railroads in the eastern part of the United States.

In all, companies supported by the FCEDC and the Fulton County CIC invested or plan to invest more than $130 million and hire an addition 181 people!

FCEDC Participates in Manufacturing Day Event

Northwest State Community College and the economic development organizations in Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding and Williams Counties collaborated to host a Manufacturing Day event on October 14, 2016 at Northwest State Community College. More than thirty manufacturing companies had the opportunity to introduce themselves to nearly 300 high school students in the five county area that are interested in a career in the manufacturing industry. A panel composed of young employees of several area manufacturers discussed with the students how they earned their positions, what to expect in the industry and what opportunities there are for professional and career growth in manufacturing. Students also had the opportunity to view machinery in the manufacturing environment to learn how they work and had the opportunity to speak directly with Human Resources Managers at several manufacturers to learn about available career opportunities.

Gilroy Attends Clean Energy Conference

Matt Gilroy, Executive Director of the FCEDC, recently attended the Clean Energy Conference in Washington D.C. as an invited guest of the Young Conservatives for Clean Energy Coalition. Senator Graham, Senator Grassley and several other Congressmen spoke at the conference about the need for clean energy development and exploration. Experts in the energy industry expressed concern that the federal government has no clear energy plan and expressed their opinion that energy exploration in the U.S. and renewable energy will enhance national security.

The FCEDC Visits Nature Fresh Farms

The FCEDC hosted our quarterly Social Event for members on June 7 at Winchesters Restaurant and Saloon. More than 75 members had the opportunity to take a shuttle bus to nearby Nature Fresh Farms to take a tour of their commercial greenhouse operation. To protect the tomato crop from insects and disease, all tour participants received a snazzy outfit (picture below). Tour participants learned that there are 91,000 tomato plants in the 15 acre greenhouse and that two additional 15 acre greenhouses are under construction and will be in operation by the end of the year. Participants also learned that each tomato vine will grow to about 40 feet in length. Doing some quick math, it was pointed out that, at full growth, if the tomato vines were placed one after another they would measure more than 3.6 million linear feet or more than 650 miles of vines in just one greenhouse!


Fulton County Receives Foreign Trade Zone Designation

The Fulton County Commissioners have partnered with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to expand the port authority’s foreign trade zone into Fulton County. The Foreign Trade Zone Program is a trade program that provides financial benefits to manufacturers that rely on importing raw materials or component items in their manufacturing process. A Foreign Trade Zone is a  secured area located near or in U.S. Customs Ports of Entry, but are legally considered to be outside of customs territory.

If you import goods for your business, please contact Matt Gilroy at (419) 337-9270 to learn more about the benefits of Foreign Trade Zones.