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

AutoTool To Build Plant in Union Rural Electric’s Territory

AutoTool, a designer and manufacturer of automation systems for the manufacturing industry, has announced plans to build an 80,000 square-foot manufacturing/processing facility in Union County, Ohio.

AutoTool supplies tooling and automation products to nearby Honda of America Manufacturing, among others.

The project represents a $5,000,000 investment in land, facility and equipment, and will create . . . → Read More: AutoTool To Build Plant in Union Rural Electric’s Territory

South Central Powers Two Ady-Austin “Shovel-Ready” Sites

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Sites represent two of only three Ady-Austin certified development sites in Ohio

Two development sites in Ohio — Rock Mill Industrial Park in Lancaster and Canal Pointe Industry and Commerce Park in Canal Winchester — have been awarded the prestigious “shovel-ready” site designation by industry experts Ady-Austin Consulting.

Rock Mill and . . . → Read More: South Central Powers Two Ady-Austin “Shovel-Ready” Sites