Business expansion coming to Ohio; $259 million invested in communities

COLUMBUS — Gov. John R. Kasich recently announced the approval of assistance for 17 projects set to create more than 1,300 jobs and retain 2,728 jobs statewide. Collectively the projects are expected to result in more than $45 million in new payroll and $259 million in investment across Ohio.

What’s coming.

Projects approved include:

•GrafTech International Holdings Incorporated, a global company in the graphite industry, (location TBD) expects to create 39 full-time positions, generating $2.1 million in additional annual payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project at a to-be-determined location.

•Niagara Bottling, LLC (location TBD) expects to create 73 full-time positions, generating $3 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project at a to-be-determined location. Niagara Bottling is the largest privately-held, family-owned manufacturer of bottled water in the country.

 •Central Ohio. Stanley Electric U.S. Co., Inc., in London (Madison Co.), expects to retain 605 existing employees and $29.9 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s retention project in London. Stanley Electric produces automotive lighting.

 •Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Construction, Inc., in Mentor (Lake Co.), expects to create 15 full-time positions, generating $780,000 in additional annual payroll and retaining $3.4 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Mentor. Cleveland Construction specializes in general contracting, construction management, design-build and interior trades.

 •Fuserashi International Technology, Inc., in Liverpool (Medina Co.), expects to create 17 full-time positions, generating $660,000 in additional annual payroll and retaining $2.1 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Liverpool. Fuserashi International Technology is a manufacturer of hot and cold formed precision metal products and fasteners, which are used primarily for various vehicle applications.

 •IAC Huron, LLC, in Huron (Erie Co.), expects to create 143 full-time positions, generating $4.9 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $20.9 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Huron. IAC Huron is a global supplier of automotive interior components and systems.

 •L&W Cleveland, Inc., in Avon (Lorain Co.), expects to create 60 full-time positions, generating $2.1 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $2.1 in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Avon. L&W Cleveland’s primary business is automotive component stamping, welding, and assembly.

 •Mansfield Plumbing Products, LLC, Perrysville (Ashland Co.), expects to create 150 full-time positions, generating $5.2 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $18.6 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Perrysville (Ashland Co.). Mansfield Plumbing produces plumbing fixtures and fittings for use in residential, commercial, and institutional markets.

• The Step2 Company, LLC , in Perrysville, expects to create 75 full-time positions, generating $2 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $7.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Perrysville. The Step2 Company manufactures and distributes children’s rotational molded toys, infant products, and some home and garden plastic products.

 •The Step2 Company, LLC , in Streetsboro (Portage Co.), expects to create 125 full-time positions, generating $3.3 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $19.5 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Streetsboro. The Step2 Company manufactures and distributes children’s rotational molded toys, infant products, and some home and garden plastic products.

 •Western Ohio. Crown Equipment Corporation, in Troy (Miami Co.), expects to create 45 full-time positions, generating $2.2 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in Troy. Crown Equipment manufactures electric and gas lift trucks.

 •Northwestern Ohio. FedEx Freight, Inc., Northwood (Wood Co.), expects to create 30 full-time positions, generating $1.2 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $8 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Northwood. FedEx Freight provides an array of freight services.

 •Piston Automotive LLC, Toledo (Lucas Co.), expects to create 84 full-time positions, generating $2.2 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location in Toledo. Piston Automotive specializes in the supply of chassis modules and interior trim, specialty plastic parts, and logistics services for the automotive industry.

 •Coldwater Machine Company, LLC, in Coldwater (Mercer Co.), expects to create 35 full-time positions, generating $1.9 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $5.5 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Coldwater. Coldwater Machine Company designs and builds machinery, and specializes in metal cutting, tooling application, machinery concepts and automated equipment.

 •Southeastern Ohio. CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc., in Athens (Athens Co.), expects to create 150 full-time positions, generating $6.2 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in Athens. CGI Technologies and Solutions is an information technology and business process services provider.

 •Fanatics, Inc., Frazeysburg (Muskingum Co.), expects to create 270 full-time positions, generating $6.7 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in Frazeysburg. Fanatics is an online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise

 •Geo-Tech Polymers LLC, in Waverly (Pike Co.), expects to create 50 full-time positions, generating $1.4 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in Waverly. Geo-Tech Polymers specializes in recycling coated plastics used in consumer and automotive applications.

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