Recent Growth

IMG_1079 (2)Sherwood State Bank

Sherwood State Bank has completed construction and renovation of their Fayette, Ohio branch location. The branch is now open for business and the Sherwood State Bank is one of the newest member of the FCEDC!

The Village of Fayette recently completed the tax incentive offered to Sherwood State Bank. The incentive offered the bank a 100% exemption on new property taxes for twelve years. The bank decided to donate 100% of their tax savings back into the community through the Gorham-Fayette School District and a new revolving loan fund the bank established in partnership with the Village of Fayette, the Fulton County CIC and the FCEDC.

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.

Johnson Trucking

Johnson Trucking has located in Fulton County on Airport Highway between Delta and Swanton. The trucking company, after relocating into Fulton County, has partnered with Fleetwash to open a mobile truck washing & facility service company at their location. The company has 38 trucks available for servicing customers’ needs and Brandon Johnson, owner of Johnson Trucking, has a desire to grow and diversify the business.

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.

pgPride Gage

Pride Gage Associates, LLC has purchased a building in the Metamora community and is currently renovating the building to fit their needs. They plan to move their operations in 2016, bringing six employees into the Metamora facility. This small, but growing, company specialized in designing and building custom measurement and light industrial solutions for the manufacturing sector. The company designs customized gages, fixtures and measurement systems for companies throughout the United States and internationally.