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Fulton County Processing Announces Expansion

Fulton County Processing, located near the Ohio Turnpike outside of the Village of Delta, Ohio, recently announced an expansion project which will add another 25 or more employees to their employment base. This $13 million investment includes an addition to their building and the purchase of machinery & equipment. The project was supported by Jobs-Ohio and a local tax incentive was approved by the Pike Delta York School Board, York Township Trustees and Board of Fulton County Commissioners in an effort to support this significant investment.

DGL opens office in Wauseon

DGL Consulting Engineers, LLC has expanded its operations in Fulton County. The office is located at 128 N. Fulton Street in Wauseon, Ohio. The multi-disciplinary professional engineering firm co-owned by Laurie Adams, Ahmed Hamid, Rick McGuckin and Scot Morehouse, has been serving clients in and around Fulton County since 1964.

The new office, led by R.J. Lumbrezer, PS, will provide planning, surveying, transportation, civil and structural engineering, as well as construction services. “Fulton County is my home. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be part of this effort and to work more closely with the community and its leaders,” said Lumbrezer. “DGL is just as enthusiastic about supporting the community’s professional services needs!”

DGL’s portfolio includes the current Garfield Avenue Bridge Replacement project in the Village of Swanton. The firm is an active member of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation and has been selected to perform various survey projects to assist with site certifications. DGL has also worked with the Fulton County Engineer’s office, Delta, Metamora, Fayette, Archbold and on the Nature Fresh Farms project.

Additionally, the firm has worked with numerous privately held companies in Fulton County. These companies include Worthington Industries, Fulton County Processing, Linde Gas and North Star BlueScope Steel. DGL has partnered with Miller Bros. Construction in Archbold on countless projects. Recently, Miller Bros. Construction selected DGL to design their shop addition, which recently won the Northwest Ohio Concrete 2017 Concrete Parking Lot of the Year award.

MetalX Expands into Fulton County

MetalX, a metals recycling business headquartered in Waterloo, Indiana hosted a groundbreaking ceremony recently on an industrial scrap processing facility that will be located in Delta, Ohio. The proposed $35 million investment in the processing plant will create 75 new employment opportunities and the company will serve customers throughout the region, including North Star / BlueScope Steel, an operation located adjacent to the 56 acre site recently purchased by MetalX.

Danny Rifkin, President of MetalX, noted during his presentation of the business that the facility will have the capabilities to process over 500,000 tons of scrap metals per year and that the company will be able to handle up to 700,000 tons in the future at the site. Mr. Rifkin also noted that MetalX recently acquired a metals recycling facility located on the east side of the Delta community, so consumers could have the opportunity to recycle metals acquired in their household, such as aluminum cans, propane tanks, etc.

State Representative Rob McColley, Dean Monske, President of Regional Growth Partnership and Jeff Rupp, Fulton County Commissioner all shared their excitement about the proposed investment and thanked MetalX for choosing Fulton County, Ohio for the expansion of their business. Dignitaries present at the event included those already mentioned, State Representative Derek Merrin, Fulton County Commissioners Jon Rupp and Bill Rufenacht, York Township Trustees Robert Trowbridge and Jeff Mazurowski, Delta Mayor Dan Miller, Delta Village Council members Art Thomas, Frank Wilton, Bob Gilbert and Ashley Todd. Delta Chamber of Commerce President Janelle DeBacker and Fulton County Economic Development Corporation Chairperson Rich Menzel.

Matt Gilroy, Fulton County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, stated, “MetalX executives have a long and successful history in the metals recycling business. This development offers tremendous opportunities for the community, the business will generate substantial tax revenues for the community and the State of Ohio and provide folks in the area with new good paying employment opportunities. Company officials have been great to work with through their process of selecting the optimal site for their investment and we believe that their location decision will provide them with tremendous business opportunities. This site will provide access to the Genesee and Wyoming short line railroad, immediate access to an excellent highway infrastructure that includes State Route 109, State Route 20A and the Ohio Turnpike, and access to a highly skilled and hard working workforce available to all of us in Northwest Ohio.”

Gerald Grain Company Building $14 Million Facility

A new facility is now under construction for Gerald Grain Company in York Township. This $14 million investment will provide the company with rail access off of the Norfolk & Southern Railroad, meaning their market will expand once the project is complete. The company acquired 148 acres of land for this project, which involves constructing a loop track off of the Norfolk & Southern Railroad. Site work at the location began in mid-October with the construction of a driveway and staging area. The company hopes to be in operation by the 2017 fall harvest.

The loop track will be more than 7,600 linear feet, enough to hold 100 grain cars. The facility will be able to accommodate 2,000,000 bushels of grain in its bins and the pits on the site will be able to have a dumping speed of 15,000 bushels per hour. Gerald Grain Company has other facilities in Fulton County as well as others in Henry County.

Dr. Kouba Constructs New Office in Wauseon

Toledo Clinic Facial Plastics & Dermatology recently moved into their new location in Wauseon on Shoop Avenue. The 8,000 square foot building will house the dermatology clinic as well as other office space that is available for lease. The new construction on Shoop Avenue adds more retail space to the important retail corridor in the city.

Retailers that are interested in this space can contact Matt Gilroy at (419) 337-9270.

ZF TRW, Inc.

ZF TRW, Inc. has completed a 70,000 square foot expansion of their manufacturing facility in Fayette, Ohio. TRW is a world leader in foundation braking systems and a pioneer in electronic braking in the automotive industry. This investment will allow TRW to expand their workforce and production at their Fayette facility, which currently provides more than 215 jobs to the community.

The FCEDC worked with the Village of Fayette to secure grant funding and low-interest loans from Jobs-Ohio 629 Roadway Funds, Ohio Department of Transportation’s Jobs & Commerce Division, Ohio Public Works Authority, the Fulton County Revolving Loan Fund and the Fulton County Transportation Improvement District to rebuild Industrial Drive in Fayette. This roadway rebuild project, to be completed in 2017, will support ZF TRW’s shuttle traffic to their warehouse located about 1/8 of a mile from their manufacturing facility.

Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing

Due to significant growth in their business, Wauseon Machine & Manufacturing decided to add 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space to their Wauseon facility. The expansion will connect Plant 1 and Plant 2 and will accommodate recent and future growth. The company has been in Wauseon, Ohio since its incorporation in 1983 and has grown significantly in employment and sales over the past several decades. Wauseon Machine has been a pillar business in the community for many years and continues strong growth projections for the years that follow. Construction started recently and will be finished in first quarter 2018.

ConAgra Foods and Worthington Industries Announce Expansions of Production Capacities

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority met March 28 and approved Job-Creation Tax Credits for Con-Agra Foods, located in Archbold and Worthington Industries, located in York Township, Fulton County, Ohio. The tax credits were approved thanks to each company’s desire to invest in personal property, increase production and increase employment at each company’s Fulton County facility.

ConAgra Foods plans to bring in a new product line to their Archbold, Ohio facility; thereby increasing production at that location. Their investment totals more than $72 million for the overall project, which will take place over the next two years. The company, which currently employs approximately 250 people in Archbold, plans to add at least 107 new employees to their payroll once the project is completed.

Worthington Industries is planning to invest $11,600,000 at their Fulton County plant which currently employs 175 people. Planned enhancements to their existing Continuous Galvanizing Line and plant infrastructure will support increased production capacity of approximately twenty percent.  The company has committed to add an additional 26 employees to their Fulton County facility.

The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) is pleased that both companies have the desire to expand their production and increase their workforce in Fulton County. “ConAgra Foods and Worthington Industries are important employers that provide good jobs to residents throughout Northwest Ohio. It’s exciting that these companies, among many others, are recognizing that we have a skilled workforce that values hard work in our region,” stated Matt Gilroy, Executive Director of the FCEDC. “I would like to thank the Regional Growth Partnership and Jobs-Ohio who played an integral role in both of these projects; we are grateful to all of our partners that have shown support to both ConAgra Food and Worthington Industries as they considered these investments in Fulton County.”

Pettisville Grain

Pettisville Grain Company recently purchased machinery and equipment with support from a $500,000 loan through the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Regional 166 Program. The company plans to add machinery and equipment to speed up production at their Pettisville and Delta facilities. Pettisville Grain has twenty two employees and plans to add four more to their company.

Nature Fresh Farms, Inc.

Nature Fresh Farms, Inc. has finished constructing a 15 acre greenhouse at their site North of North Star/Bluescope Steel is nearly finished with an additional 30 acres of greenhouse space at this same site. Nature Fresh Farms, a company headquartered in Leamington, Ontario, Canada has plans to build several more greenhouse facilities at their Delta, Ohio site.

Tomatoes are now being picked at the Delta site. Known as “Ohio Red”, this brand is being marketed as fresh produce to retailers in the Northeast and Midwest United States.

Haas Door Company

Haas Door Company, located in Wauseon, has expanded both their office space and manufacturing space at their facility. The additional square footage will allow the company to continue their growth and allow for more efficient production. The City of Wauseon supported Haas Door by partially funding the relocation of a sewer line, which was necessary for the expansion project to move forward. Haas Door Company currently employs more than 200 people.