American Showa, Buckeye Power and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Responsive to Change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” —-Charles Darwin

If it seems like the pace of change is faster than ever, you’re absolutely right. As Ray Kurzweil, widely considered one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, noted . . . → Read More: American Showa, Buckeye Power and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Responsive to Change

Ferguson Finds Perfect Fit In Exurban Ohio

Over the next 30 years, research by Dr. Arthur “Chris” Nelson, FAICP, Presidential Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning and Director of Metropolitan Research at the University of Denver, shows that the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area will add about 500,000 people while the state of Ohio will experience a net loss of about 300,000 . . . → Read More: Ferguson Finds Perfect Fit In Exurban Ohio

Knowledge Plus Understanding Drives Location Decisions

“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.”

– Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Successful economic development actually requires plenty of both knowledge and understanding. The often-referenced Moore’s . . . → Read More: Knowledge Plus Understanding Drives Location Decisions

Egg-Laying Business’ Expansion to be Served by North Western Electric

Defi­ance County com­mis­sion­ers recently approved a tax abate­ment related to the con­struc­tion of an egg-pro­duc­tion facil­ity near Hicksville. The producer, Hillan­dale Farms Ohio, plans to build the facil­ity on Rosedale Road at a cost of $41 million.

The project includes eight pro­duc­tion barns, water wells, manure-waste han­dling and stor­age facil­i­ties, and a waste lagoon. . . . → Read More: Egg-Laying Business’ Expansion to be Served by North Western Electric

Top-Producing Auto Assembly Plant in North America Powered by Union Rural

In September 2013, Honda’s Marysville, Ohio, plant was the top-producing assembly plant in North America. Union Rural Electric Cooperative supplies the factory with its power.

Now, Honda exports more autos from North America than it imports. In 2012, Honda exported more than 90,000 vehicles. Its goal is 200,000 exports annually.

The shift to net . . . → Read More: Top-Producing Auto Assembly Plant in North America Powered by Union Rural

Buckeye Power Launches Customizable Site-Search Map

The Buckeye Power Economic Development website has a feature that visitors can use to build custom maps to identify Ohio regions with your key assets.

The map has customizable layers for interstate routes, major state highways, multi-modal ports, railroads, airports, four-year colleges and universities, two-year colleges, lake ports and river ports.

To create and . . . → Read More: Buckeye Power Launches Customizable Site-Search Map

Ohio Cooperative-served Honda invests another $215 million in Ohio

Honda Motor Company recently announced a round of upgrades and new construction at facilities located in Ohio’s electric cooperative territory.

Planned improvements include new powertrain technology and a technical training center at the engine plant in Anna, which is served by Pioneer Electric Cooperative.

Additionally, construction is already underway on a new 160,000-square-foot building . . . → Read More: Ohio Cooperative-served Honda invests another $215 million in Ohio

Avon Consolidating Distribution in Guernsey-Muskingum’s Territory

Avon Products, a leading cosmetics company, is shutting down distribution centers in California and Georgia, and moving the work to its Zanesville facility, the Atlanta Business Chroniclereports. Power to the distribution center is provided by Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative.

The New York-based company said the closures are part of a cost-savings initiative announced in December. “Orders . . . → Read More: Avon Consolidating Distribution in Guernsey-Muskingum’s Territory

Midwest Electric to Power Ferguson’s New Mega-Center

Ferguson, North America’s leading supplier of construction-related products, is opening a giant distribution center east of Celina, Ohio, in Midwest Electric’s service territory.

The distributor plans to build a 400,000-square-foot facility along state Route 29 at the corner of Harris Road. A timeline for construction has not been released. The company has vowed to . . . → Read More: Midwest Electric to Power Ferguson’s New Mega-Center

The Energy Cooperative Powers Expanded Sanoh Plant

Sanoh America, a parts supplier to Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Ford and Hyundai, recently expanded its Mount Vernon, Ohio, plant. The company specializes in corrosion-resistant tubing, tubular brazed assemblies, plastic tubing assemblies and stainless steel tubing assemblies.

“This new building is great,” said Randy Gore, plant manager, adding the heating and lighting . . . → Read More: The Energy Cooperative Powers Expanded Sanoh Plant