Business News Briefs


Quick Facts:

9,834 new entities filed to do business in Ohio during June 2017 making it the best month for new businesses in Ohio history.

1,354 more entities filed in June 2017 than during the same month in 2016.

Since Ohio Business Central was launched, over 264,282 entities have been formed online through June 2017.

Three out of every four businesses are now started online in Ohio.

JCPenney hiring 600 associates in Ohio

JCPenney is gearing up for the back-to-school shopping rush by hiring 600 associates throughout Ohio.

Local associates are needed for a variety of customer service and support positions, including cashier, replenishment specialist, SEPHORA inside JCPenney beauty consultant and more. JCPenney associates enjoy competitive pay, an associate discount up to 25%, flexible scheduling and opportunities for advancement.

Additionally, JCPenney salons in Ohio are seeking experienced salon stylists to be part of the Company’s industry-leading salon program. A new premier commission plan enables incoming stylists with robust client books to set their own hours and pricing, while enjoying some of the highest commissions of any salon chain. Highly experienced stylists can also take advantage of flexible scheduling with no overhead costs. As always, JCPenney salon stylists enjoy perks such as paid artistic training, health benefits for full-time stylists, paid time off and 401K eligibility.

Interested locals are encouraged to apply in-store using our Applicant Kiosk, or online by visiting JCPcareers.com.

To interview a local JCPenney general manager, or for more information, please reply to this email or call 972-431-3400.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Marysville Awarded 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

Marysville (Grassroots Newswire) June 26, 2017 – Hampton Inn by Hilton Marysville has received a 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“It is an honor to be recognized with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award,” said Michelle Heuer, general manager of Hampton Inn by Hilton Marysville. “We are proud of our team, and we are thankful for the guests who have taken the time to review our property with excellent ratings.”

Located at 16610 Square Drive in Marysville, Hampton Inn by Hilton Marysville offers amenities including free, hot breakfast each morning and Hampton’s On the Run(tm) Breakfast Bags, available Monday through Friday.

Additionally, it provides free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing and a fitness center. Designed as an extension of the guestroom, the property features a Perfect Mix Lobby, with a variety of seating and lighting options for both leisure and business travelers.

Each Hampton by Hilton hotel is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels save time and money, and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi and a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay. Members can also redeem their Points for free nights, to gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform or to make purchases at Amazon.com with Amazon Shop With Points.

To make reservations, visit www.hampton.com and to read more about Hampton by Hilton, visit www.news.hampton.com.

Columbus labor market remains robust

The unemployment rate in the Columbus metro area fell in March to its second lowest level since the early 2000s, according to Guhan Venkatu, a vice president and senior regional officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. “As of the third quarter of 2016, year-over-year employment in the Columbus metro area expanded by 2.2 percent, twice the rate of Ohio’s employment growth during the same period,” says Venkatu. Writing in the Bank’s Metro Mix, Venkatu notes that, relative to the state, the Columbus area saw stronger employment gains in most industries; the exceptions were information and manufacturing.

Examining the Columbus housing market, Venkatu says that the issuance of residential building permits has been strong through the first three months of 2017, and he notes that home prices rose roughly 5 percent in March, on a year-over-year basis.

Accounting Software Provider Growing 40%

LOS ANGELES—(BUSINESS WIRE)— FloQast, Inc., a provider of close management software created by accountants for accountants to close the books faster and more accurately, announced today completion of a $25 million Series B round of financing. The funds will be used to accelerate product innovation, expand into overseas markets and scaling of the Company’s go-to-market capabilities.

Insight Venture Partners led the investment round, joined by current FloQast investors Toba Capital and Polaris Partners. The new funding brings FloQast’s total capital raised to date to $33 million. With the investment, Harley Miller, vice president of Insight Venture Partners, will join FloQast’s board of directors.

FloQast is currently experiencing rapid growth and broad adoption of its close management software. The Company has been growing revenue at a record rate of 40% quarter-over-quarter for more than eight consecutive quarters, and is quickly becoming a mainstay technology for accounting teams at midsized and enterprise companies. In the 2017 first quarter alone, accounting teams at Accretive Solutions, E2open, JAMF, naviHealth, Rubrik, Zscaler and dozens of others selected FloQast to meet their month-end close management needs.

In addition to its rapid revenue growth, FloQast enjoys a positive net churn of more than 20%, meaning each quarter, more FloQast customers expand their use of the close management solution than those who do not renew—a rare occurrence among Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies.

“FloQast has built a robust business, helping accounting teams close faster and more accurately,” said Michael Whitmire, CPA, co-founder and chief executive officer at FloQast. “This new funding will help further accelerate our growth by enabling the Company to expand internationally and grow our product portfolio. We’ve got the team, product, expertise and backing to build the next great fintech software company.”

FloQast’s new funding comes at a time when the Company is gaining greater momentum, as evidenced by:

Sales Growth and Expanded Presence – FloQast has doubled its sales organization since the beginning of 2017. To accommodate this rapid employee expansion, FloQast recently opened a new office in Columbus, Ohio.

Working female caregivers must choose: be a good daughter or a good employee

Great strides are being made to better support working mothers, but little is being done to support working daughters – adult females who care for aging parents or relatives.

A recent study conducted by Home Instead Senior Care found that 50 percent of daughters in the workplace feel they must choose between being a good employee and being a good daughter.* Why? Respondents indicated their supervisors were often unsympathetic when it came to balancing work and caregiving. Others cited the stigma associated with the topic, leaving many feeling uncomfortable discussing the issue with employers.

To help working daughters navigate caring for a parent while thriving at work, Home Instead serving north Columbus and Delaware County launched Daughters in the Workplace, a free community program offering tips and resources to empower caregivers to speak with their employers about balancing work, caregiving and maintaining their personal health.

*1,001 working female caregivers, aged 45-60, were surveyed in the U.S. and Canada by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, March 21-28, 2017.

Family caregivers’ tips to help achieve better balance and health (compiled from Respect a Caregivers Time and the Home Instead Senior Care network):

1. Be realistic. Take time to understand how much you can do to take care of a loved one, do well at your job and stay healthy.

2. Honesty is the best policy. Be honest with yourself and your employer about what you need. Create a plan that contains ways you can complete your work and still meet your loved one’s needs.

3. Think Creatively. Think outside the box to offer solutions that work for you, your employer and others facing their own caregiving challenges.

4. Get plenty of rest. Think about ways you can enhance the quality of your sleep. This will help you feel empowered and handle life’s daily challenges.

5. Take one day at a time. Face the challenges of the day, but try not to look too far ahead. Caring for an older adult is unpredictable and requires a measured approach.

6. Arrange for help including respite care. Check with your employer about any back-up emergency services your employer might offer through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Think about ways others can help you. Check with your Area Agency on Aging (www.n4a.org) for community resources or contact your local Home Instead Senior Care® office to learn how professional caregiving can help you.

7. Educate your employer. Your employer may not understand the kinds of issues you are facing. Do what you can to explain your challenges.

8. Look for ways to give back. If your employer offers flexibility and help, think about ways to pay it forward with your manager and co-workers. If you are able to do something extra, step up to the plate!

9. Be organized. Honing your organizational skills could go a long way toward staying on top of your work and easing your anxiety. Find a free online calendar at https://www.thebalance.com/free-online-calendars-1357935.

10. Find support. Use your company’s EAP to find out what assistance your employer may offer. Join a support group in your area. Expand your network by looking to your faith community or friends for emotional support. You can connect with others going through the same circumstances. Make time for coffee or a movie, or join friends in an exercise class at your local YMCA.

Computer Hardware Company King Memory LLC to Expand in Columbus

King Memory LLC, a technology company developing a global ERP e-commerce platform and a propriety algorithmic management system of technology commodities, announced it is expanding its operations in Columbus. The company will add $550,000 of additional payroll in 2017 alone, and is commiting to add 40 new jobs over the next three years. The company will hire production, software development, data science and security/hardware positions.

Some positions will be housed at the company’s existing location at380 Morrison Road, and a to-be-determined downtown Columbus location will house developers and creative positions.

“Not only does operating in Columbus provide us with an incredible cost of living advantage relative to our competitors, primarily located in California, but it also allows us to be part of a vibrant community and growing technology sector,” said Darryl Tanner, CEO of King Memory LLC. “We look forward to adding new talent to our team, drawing from Columbus’ skilled workforce.”

King Memory’s explosive sales growth selling memory has been fueled by permitting only themselves to be the customer of their platform to drive the requirements to win in the marketplace. King Memory is able to roll out functionality at a much faster pace with a smaller team allowing them to keep up with the constant and rapid disruption that repeatedly afflicts e-commerce.

For the last nine years, King Memory’s focus on in-house software development versus tailoring out of the box solutions has led to a business model that counts its technology as its No. 1 competitive advantage, and the company has not taken on any outside investors. Based on Inc. 5000 rankings, King Memory was the sixth fastest growing company in Ohio in 2016, and third for companies over $10 million in revenue by the time the numbers were published. The company is also ranked No. 106 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list, and has a run rate of $20 million in sales for 2017 based on Q1 sales numbers.

“King Memory’s decision to expand its presence in the City of Columbus is a testament to our skilled technology workforce,” said Andrew J. Ginther, Mayor, City of Columbus. “We’re happy to see a Fast 500 company continue to grow and thrive in our city.”

The Columbus Region boasts a robust technology sector, spanning industries including finance, retail and more. Columbus ranks as the No.1 best city for top tech talent among small markets, according to CBRE Research’s third annual scoring tech talent report card.

Ohio State University trustees approve construction projects and other matters

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved construction projects that will improve University Hospitals East, renovate Mirror Lake and move Cannon Drive. The board also welcomed two new members and voted to name rooms in recognition of donors to two new facilities.

New board members welcomed

The board welcomed John Zeiger of Columbus to his first board meeting. Zeiger, who is presiding partner at Zeiger Tigges & Little LLP, was appointed by Gov. Kasich to the board last month, for a nine-year term ending May 13, 2026.

Trustees also welcomed H. Jordan Moseley of Albany (Athens County) to the board. The new student trustee will serve a two-year term ending May 13, 2019.

Construction contracts approved

The board authorized the university to enter into professional service and/or construction contracts for the following projects:

•700 Ackerman – Wexner Medical Center Operations Center. The project will renovate 700 Ackerman to house OSU Physicians, Central Scheduling and Customer Service, Health Plan, Corporate Operations and Hospital Compliance and also includes interior renovations in 660 and 600 Ackerman. Trustees approved construction contracts of $19.3 million. Total project budget is $21.8 million to be provided by university auxiliary funds. Construction is set to take place from August 2017 through February 2019.

•Cannon Drive relocation – Phase 1. The project, a partnership with the City of Columbus, will relocate Cannon Drive between King Ave. and Herrick Drive and will raise the roadway above the 500-year flood level, moving utility service lines under the relocated roadway and restoring the river edge with wetlands, informal recreation areas and landscaping. Trustees approved increasing the construction authorization to $44.1 million to allow the university to issue construction contracts. Total project budget is $51.6 million, to be provided by university funds. Construction is scheduled to take place from July 2017 through December 2019.

•Vet Hospital simulation lab. The project will construct a 16,000-square-foot addition with space for a clinical skills lab and faculty offices, dedicated space/resources to host small animal simulation offerings and a place to experiment with new programs that will improve the quality of teaching. Trustees approved construction contracts of $7.8 million. Total project budget is $8.6 million to be provided by donor and university funds. Construction will take place from September 2017 through August 2018.

•Postle Hall partial replacement. This project will replace a portion of Postle Hall with a new addition and renovate/upgrade spaces within the existing building. Trustees approved $7.6 million in professional services contracts for the remainder of the design services and $5.7 million in construction contracts for swing space and enabling work. Total project budget is $95 million, to be provided by state, university and donor funds. Construction is scheduled to take place April 2018 through February 2020.

•Mirror Lake enhancements. The project will implement the recommendations of the Mirror Lake Concept Plan and will redesign the lake edge and bottom and address storm water discharge with a focus on safety and sustainability. In addition, it will include overlooks at Oval Drive and Neil Avenue, which will be funded by donors. Trustees approved entering into $8.4 million in professional services and construction contracts. Total project budget is $8.4 million to be provided by donor and university funds. Construction will take place August 2017 through July 2018.

•Controlled Environment Food Production Complex. The project will construct a new horticulture greenhouse complex and aquaponics facility at Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. Trustees approved entering into $2.8 million in professional services contracts. Total project budget is $24 million to be provided by donor funds. Construction is scheduled to take place August 2018 through December 2019.

•OSU East – west wing expansion/renovation. The project will renovate 12,500 square feet and expand the second floor of the west wing by 13,900 square feet at University Hospitals East. It will expand and redesign operating rooms and the pre-operative space, consolidate imaging areas and make improvements to the patient arrival experience and entrance aesthetics. Trustees approved entering into $2.5 million in professional services contracts. Total project budget is $26 million to be provided by auxiliary funds. Construction is scheduled to take place June 2018 through September 2019.

Property purchase authorized

The board authorized the purchase of the Indianola Middle School property at 420 E. 19th Ave. The property, which has been vacant since 2010, is strategically located one mile east of the Columbus campus. It is currently titled to The Board of Education of the City School District of Columbus.

Health care benefits amended

Trustees approved amendments to the same-sex domestic partner health care benefits program. Under the revised program, employees with same-sex domestic partners and their dependents who are already enrolled in benefit plans may keep those benefits through 2018. After that, unmarried partners and their dependents would no longer be eligible for benefits. New participation in benefits will be available through 2017.

The university began offering coverage for same-sex domestic partners in 2004 because marriage was not an option for those couples.

A 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriage.

The university has never offered benefits to opposite-sex domestic partners, and the change allows the university to be consistent in its benefits eligibility for both opposite-sex and same-sex domestic partners.

Foundation report accepted

The board accepted The Ohio State University Foundation report as of April 30, 2017, which includes the establishment of The Endowed Fund for the Teaching and Study of Modern Greek Language and Culture; the Hagop Mekhjian MD Professorship Fund in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; one new fund as part of the Ohio Scholarship challenge; and 20 additional named endowed funds providing $8.1 million in private support to the university.

Marion Science and Engineering Building spaces named

The board approved the naming of internal spaces within the new Ohio State University Marion Science and Engineering Building in recognition of donors who have provided significant contributions to support the facility, as well as in recognition of the late professor Gordon Aubrecht and campus trustee Larry Cline:

•Room 110A – Denis and Sheri Jesse Biology Faculty Office

•Room 110B – Dr. James and Ellen Bazzoli Biological Research Laboratory

•Room 110D – Dr. Arthur and Carol Ebert Biological Research Laboratory

•Room 110F – Dr. David and Jude Foulk Biological Research Laboratory

•Room 110H – Nucor Steel Chemistry Research Laboratory

•Room 110P – Caroll’s Jewelers Chemistry Computational Research Laboratory

•Room 114 – Morral Companies, LLC Collaboration Space

•Room 120 – Larry Cline Microbiology Laboratory

•Room 123 – Dr. Charles and Lynn Garvin Collaboration Space

•Room 126/126A – Dr. Jay and Janice Moodley Microbiology/Biology Preparation Room

•Room 127 – Sims Brothers Recycling and the Gary K. Sims Family Chemistry Preparation Room

•Room 136 – The George H. and Dorothy T. Alber Fund of The Columbus Foundation Greenhouse

•Room 140/140A – The George H. and Dorothy T. Alber Fund of The Columbus Foundation Prairie Research and Storage Area

•Room 145 – Charlotte Baldauf Organic Chemistry Laboratory

•Room 146 – Warren Brown Family Foundation Laboratory Support Office

•Room 210A – Smith Clinic Conference Room

•Room 210H – Janet P. and James W. Pry Earth Science Research Laboratory

•Room 210G – Glen-Gery Corporation Earth Sciences Faculty Office

•Room 210P – Howard and Pam Smith and the Wilson Bohannon Lock Company Physics Research Laboratory

•Room 212 – Keith and Joan Wanner Collaboration Room

•Room 214 – The Marion Community Foundation Collaboration Space

•Room 223 – Ted Graham Family Collaboration Space

•Room 227 – Gary and Karrin Risch Collaboration Space

•Room 228 – Dr. Kathy Dixon Earth Science/Physics Preparation Room

•Room 230 – Dr. Gordon Aubrecht Physics Laboratory

•Rooms 237 and X237C – SAKAMURA Engineering Preparation Room

Board of Trustees committee appointments approved

The board approved the appointment of members to the following committees for 2017-18:

Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee:

Cheryl L. Krueger, vice chair

Janet B. Reid

Clark C. Kellogg

Timothy P. Smucker

Erin P. Hoeflinger

Abigail S. Wexner

Hiroyuki Fujita

H. Jordan Moseley

James D. Klingbeil

Richard K. Herrmann (faculty member)

Alex Shumate (ex officio)

Advancement Committee:

Erin P. Hoeflinger, chair

Alan VanderMolen, vice chair

Clark C. Kellogg

Cheryl L. Krueger

Brent R. Porteus

Alexander R. Fischer

Abigail S. Wexner

Lydia A. Lancaster

Nancy J. Kramer

Craig S. Bahner

Barbara J. Tootle (Alumni Association member)

Georgeanne M. Shockey (Alumni Association member)

James F. Dietz (Foundation Board member)

Gifford Weary (Foundation Board member)

Alex Shumate (ex officio)

Audit and Compliance Committee:

Timothy P. Smucker, chair

W. G. “Jerry” Jurgensen, vice chair

Michael J. Gasser

Jeffrey Wadsworth

Hiroyuki Fujita

H. Jordan Moseley

James D. Klingbeil

Lawrence A. Hilsheimer

Amy Chronis

Craig S. Morford

Alex Shumate (ex officio)

Governance Committee:

Janet B. Reid, chair

Timothy P. Smucker, vice chair

Erin P. Hoeflinger

Hiroyuki Fujita

Lydia A. Lancaster

Alan VanderMolen

Alex Shumate (ex officio)

Master Planning and Facilities:

Alexander R. Fischer, chair

James D. Klingbeil, vice chair

Brent R. Porteus

H. Jordan Moseley

Robert H. Schottenstein

Alex Shumate (ex officio)

Wexner Medical Center Board appointment approved

Trustees approved the following appointments to the Wexner Medical Center Board, effective May 14, 2017:

Trustee members

•W.G. “Jerry” Jurgensen, term ending May 13, 2018

•Cheryl L. Krueger, term ending May 13, 2018

•Janet B. Reid, term ending May 13, 2018

•Abigail S. Wexner, term ending May 13, 2018

Bylaws and rules amended

Trustees approved amendments to the Bylaws of the Medical Staff of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Board regarding composition of the board.

The board also approved amendments to the Rules of the University Faculty regarding elimination of “No Smoking” areas around campus. (Smoking is now prohibited everywhere on campus.)

Columbus Region Selected to Develop New Market Prioritization

Columbus 2020 announced that the Columbus Region has been selected to join a group of eight city-regions seeking to amplify the impact of metropolitan trade strategies through new research and problem-solving that will determine how city-regions can best prioritize and execute international economic partnerships with international metro counterparts. This new effort, part of the Global Cities Initiative (GCI), a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase, builds upon the foundation of Columbus’ participation in the Global Cities Exchange.

“Even with strong trade and investment strategies, all metros face resource and capacity constraints to engaging internationally. In the global market haystack, metros need tools to focus on where they are most likely to find the needles,” said Marek Gootman, Brookings fellow and director of strategic partnerships and global initiatives. “We selected this diverse group of metros to test new approaches to identify, prioritize and structure economic connections with specific foreign counterparts for maximum returns.”

Selected by Brookings through a competitive application process, Columbus will join Atlanta, Louisville/Lexington, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego and Wichita in producing a locally-tailored market prioritization assessment and initiating or expanding at least one metro-to-metro collaboration, coupled with a detailed work plan for building out those relationships and establish an approach that can be replicated by other metropolitan areas.

“Working with Brookings and JPMorgan Chase through the Global Cities Initiative has reinforced our deep commitment to putting the Columbus Region on the global stage,” said Kenny McDonald, president and CEO, Columbus 2020. “By helping our companies find new markets while also attracting foreign-owned companies to the area, we grow the economy and become a more diverse and dynamic community.”

In the first phase, GCI metros will apply a new evidence-based methodology to prioritize international markets for high-potential economic relationships. Through an assessment, each metro area will identify existing and potential market connections, sector synergies and growth trends (global market prioritization). Following this phase, the cohort will examine different models to operationalize international metro–level economic partnerships targeted through prioritization, based on testing bilateral and multi-lateral sectoral, geographic and intermediary relationships (metro-to-metro economic collaboration).

Since its launch, the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) has raised awareness about the importance of international economic connections and competitiveness for growth and job creation, and spurred dozens of metropolitan areas to reorient their economic strategies toward engaging world markets. GCI has become a hub for coalitions of metro leaders across public, private and civic sectors to connect with their counterparts for peer learning, problem-solving and economic collaboration.

“Our local clients continue to look toward global growth for their businesses. We’re delighted the Columbus Region has earned this critical support to further develop international growth strategies,” said Corrine Burger, Chief Control Officer at Chase and a member of the Columbus 2020 Board of Directors. “As our metro area has grown our focus on international economic connections has grown with it. The global economic opportunities are great for our local businesses and all residents.”

As part of its past participation in the Global Cities Initiative’s Exchange, Columbus 2020 worked on behalf of the Columbus Region with other metropolitan areas to develop customized global engagement strategies. Recognizing the importance of FDI to regional economies, Columbus 2020 released the Columbus Global Connect plan in 2015, which identified objectives focused on increasing FDI and exports in the Columbus Region, including the goals to become one of the top 25 metropolitan areas in export value by 2020 and to increase the FDI pipeline to a 50 percent share of active projects.

To learn more about the Global Cities Initiative, visit https://www.brookings.edu/project/global-cities/ or www.jpmorganchase.com/globalcities.

Ohio Building Trades Support Executive Order to Expand Apprenticeship in America

On June 15, the President signed an Executive Order “Expanding Apprenticeships in America” (EO 13801), stating “It shall be the policy of the Federal Government to provide more affordable pathways to secure, high-paying jobs by promoting apprenticeships and effective workforce development programs.”

The Building Trades are leaders in providing workforce development through apprenticeships – a model that has proven successful for over 100 years. In a memo accompanying EO 13801, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said “In the United States, apprenticeships have languished for decades – except in construction trades, where they have remained strong.”

With the Administration focused on infrastructure, the Building Trades – and their apprenticeship programs – are integral to moving the country, and the President’s agenda, forward. Among construction apprentices in the US, 75% are trained in the joint apprentice training committee (JATC) system, which the Building Trades operate in cooperation with their contractor partners.

• Ohio is home to more than 80 Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs, providing free training to the next generation of skilled workers.

• Apprentices earn competitive wages, retirement benefits, and employer-sponsored healthcare while learning their craft.

• Each program includes at least 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job training and 144 hours per year of related classroom instruction.

• Classroom hours allow apprentices to work toward their degree at no cost to them, or to taxpayers.

“At a time when there is grave concern about the shortage of skilled construction workers, the Ohio Building Trades are investing heavily in their Apprenticeship Programs,” said Matthew A. Szollosi, Executive Director at ACT Ohio. “Ohio’s 137 local affiliates and 14,000+ signatory contractors invested over $48 million in training in 2016 alone – all private funds.”

ACT Ohio supports the President’s Executive action to support and expand apprenticeships throughout the United States, and welcomes tours of Ohio’s Building Trades Apprentice Program facilities. For more information, or to speak with ACT Ohio Executive Director Matthew Szollosi, contact Chris Zimmer at czimmer@actohio.org or 614-228-5446.

Secretary Husted Announces July as “Made in Ohio” Month

COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the Ohio Business Profile program will feature businesses with products “Made in Ohio” throughout the month of July.

Ohio’s manufacturing industry exports to over 200 countries and territories around the world. This makes the Buckeye State the eighth largest exporter of manufactured goods in the country.

“Manufacturing is alive and well in Ohio,” Secretary Husted said. “There are more than 12,000 manufacturing operations in Ohio that make up more than 12 percent of Ohio’s workforce.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Gasdorf Tool and Machine Company (Lima, Ohio) has been recognized as a pacesetter in the production of precision machinery. They specialize in various types of equipment ranging from simple fabrication to complete assembly machines.
  • Gillkey Window Company (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a family-owned business that specializes in the installation of vinyl and fiberglass windows.
  • Jergens, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio) is an automotive and aerospace company. Their products include fasteners, electric precision screwdrivers and industrial supplies.
  • Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a fully integrated life science company. They process a wide range of items including innovative diagnostic test kits, rare reagents and biologicals.
  • William Sopko and Sons Co. Inc. (Euclid, Ohio) is a precision grinding and machining business that specializes in repairing and rebuilding spindles of all types.

From 2010 to 2016, Ohio saw a 30.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses with 2016 being the seventh-consecutive record-breaking year for new businesses in the state.

Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 making people aware of Ohio companies that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website, where Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

Leading Adhesive and Sealant Manufacturer Expanding in Columbus

Franklin International Inc., one of the nation’s largest privately held manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, announced plans to expand its presence in the City of Columbus. The company will invest $4.4 million to construct a new 12,500-square-foot R&D facility at its corporate headquarters, add climate chambers and purchase new research equipment.

Franklin International will hire eight new employees, including highly-skilled chemists and process engineers. At the new R&D operation, Franklin International plans to formulate new polymers, produce next-generation adhesives and innovate manufacturing technologies to increase production efficiencies for the company.

“This new facility will increase our ability to bring new products to the market and a location in Columbus allows us to be globally competitive,” said Evan Williams, president and COO of Franklin International. “We are proud of our longstanding history in Columbus and are pleased to be able to offer new job opportunities.”

Franklin International has been based in Columbus since 1935, specializing in emulsion polymerization and producing adhesives for industrial manufacturers of wood products, labels and fiberglass. The company offers the latest environmentally friendly technology and devotes a high percentage of the company’s resources to improving its R&D capabilities. Franklin International’s global distribution network is spread across 60 countries on six continents.

“Franklin International has been a strong employer in the City of Columbus for three generations now,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “The company’s decision to establish its R&D operations here reinforces our city as a home for innovation and new technologies.”

The Columbus Region is home to a number of corporate headquarters, including 15 Fortune 1000 companies and several Fortune 500 companies. The Columbus Region is also home to more than 1,700 manufacturers that employ 86,000 workers. Additionally, the Region boasts over 100 manufacturing-related educational and training programs to prepare the next generation of manufacturing workers.

About City of Columbus, Ohio

The City of Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of approximately 860,090 residents. The Columbus economy is balanced with a combination of education, technology, government, research, insurance and health care entities as major employers within the region. Columbus is gaining nationwide recognition for its historic neighborhoods, booming downtown arts and sporting districts, open attitude and a noticeably affordable quality of life. Learn more about the City of Columbus at columbus.gov/development/Economic-Development/.

About Columbus 2020

As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. The Columbus 2020 team conducts business outreach, promotes the Columbus Region to market-leading companies around the world, conducts customized research to better understand the Columbus Region’s competitiveness, and works to leverage public, private and institutional partnerships. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.

CIFT announces new board members

TOLEDO – Rebecca Singer, president and CEO, Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), announced two new members to the organization’s Board of Trustees.

Adam Sharp, executive vice president, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and Dale Siebeneck, director of food technology, Cooper Farms, will join the other nine members of the board to guide the organization and ensure the strategic direction remains aligned with the mission.

Sharp has held several key positions at Ohio Farm Bureau Federation since 2004, and was named the chief executive of the statewide organization in July 2016. He has held various policy and government relations roles with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Farm Bureau Federation, along with serving as a teaching assistant for The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and as a radio producer for Agri-Broadcasting Network.

“The food and ag sector is Ohio’s number one industry,” stated Sharp. “Continuing to connect and grow our organizations is important to the future of our members and to Ohio’s economy. I look forward to serving as a link between Ohio’s food and agriculture communities.”

Siebeneck has more than 20 years of experience with Cooper Farms. He has served in his current role since 2013, overseeing new product development and food safety at the company’s 118,000 square foot facility in Van Wert, Ohio. Through his leadership and direction, more than four million pounds of sliced turkey production was recently added. Growing up on a small family farm in northwest Ohio, Siebeneck attended The Ohio State University where he achieved his bachelor of science degree in food technology.

“I am ecstatic to be a part of this impressive organization,” stated Siebeneck. “CIFT is well known in the food and agribusiness industries, and I look forward to helping us grow even more.”

About the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)

CIFT is a developer and provider of technical innovations and solutions for the food processing, agribusiness and agricultural sectors of the economy in our region, our state and beyond. These innovations and solutions are developed in order to enhance the economic performance of the food processing and agricultural sector. CIFT is an affiliate of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, designed to help small to mid-sized manufacturers in Ohio become leaders in their industry.

About the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

The Ohio MEP program is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute for Science and Technology, Ohio Development Services Agency and local partners including CIFT. Ohio MEP is driving productivity, innovation and global competitiveness for Ohio manufacturers with a focus on small and medium sized enterprises (SME).

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