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Secretary Husted Announces June as “Building Ohio” Month

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the Ohio Business Profile program will feature construction companies and the civil engineers and architects that are “Building Ohio” throughout the month of June.

In Ohio, there are over 19,000 construction companies that work on a wide variety of projects including the building of homes, bridges and roads. Nearly 90 percent of these companies are small businesses and they employ over 200,000 Ohioans.

“There are a lot of great jobs available in the construction industry,” Secretary Husted said. “You can get training right in your local high school or career tech institution and many of these jobs pay great wages and can lead to a wonderful career.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Acoustic Ceiling & Partition (Westerville, Ohio) was started in 1995 and currently employs 94 people. As a commercial construction company, they specialize in exterior cold formed metal framing and interior framing, carpentry, drywall, and acoustic ceilings.
  • Arkinetics (Cleveland, Ohio) provides architecture and interior design services for organizations such as hotels, dealerships, and offices.
  • Euthenics, Inc. (Strongsville, Ohio) is a civil engineering consulting firm that specializes in transportation, structural, and municipal engineering.
  • Gerbus Remodeling, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a family-owned construction and remodeling company that is dedicated to serving their clients and providing them with quality service.
  • Messer Construction Co. (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a construction manager and general contractor service. Their goal is to provide leadership for complex, commercial construction projects in the health care, higher education, life sciences, and industrial market segments.
  • PCL Building Supply Company (Portsmouth, Ohio) is a material supply company for both residential and commercial buildings. Opened in 1922, they take pride in being well versed in their product line.

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.

Since taking office in 2011, Secretary Husted has made it a priority to offer better services to Ohio entrepreneurs and businesses at a lower cost. In 2013, he launched the Ohio Business Central, which allows businesses to be created online with a significantly quicker turnaround time. This efficiency allowed the state to cut the fees associated with starting a new business by 21 percent in 2015. That same year, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program making it easy for new businesses to access free tools to help them get off the ground.

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.

Investment Will Support OSU Efforts to Combat Childhood Obesity

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $978,383 to The Ohio State University (OSU) Plant Biotechnology Center to develop a childhood obesity prevention program for at-risk youth in Ohio.

“All children deserve access to nutritious foods to help them grow and thrive,” said Brown. “This grant will give OSU the opportunity to help out Ohio children who lose access to school-based feeding programs during the summer, while also encouraging kids to choose healthy fruits and vegetables grown here in our state.”

This grant for OSU’s Plant Biotechnology Center will provide funding to develop a garden-based obesity prevention program for children in low-income communities by promoting strategies to improve diets and increase physical activity.

The funding comes from USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, a competitive grant program for research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences.

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