The Ohio economy is built upon a legacy of strength in manufacturing and innovative thinking. The Ottawa County region is home to companies representing such diverse fields as advanced materials, polymers and advanced manufacturing. The surrounding nine county region of Northwest Ohio sits on Lake Erie and boasts key strengths in transportation and logistics, providing a transportation hub for land, rail, sea and air. All advantages that help Northwest Ohio continue to build in critically important areas that will strengthen the global economy.


ACPO, Ltd. completed a 25,000 square feet plant expansion in Spring 2010. The space is designed to improve the work flow of raw materials and increase efficiencies within the adhesive coating department. The additional space provides a detailed, organized method of receiving raw materials and systematically distributing them throughout the various processes where the materials are converted into finished goods.

In Fall 2016, Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian constructed a new electric substation to service our existing facility in Millbury, and provided upgraded electric service to our existing and future operations.  Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian also added a new insulated glass production line, which included the purchase of approximately $9 million in new Machinery & Equipment. This project also included the retention of 106 full-time equivalent positions and the creation of 21 new full-time equivalent positions.

In early 2014, Davis Besse underwent a steam generator replacement project and refueling. The project included installation of two new steam generators, 470-ton components that produce the superheated steam used to drive the turbine generator, which ultimately produces electricity. The $600 million steam generator replacement project and refueling employed nearly 2,300 additional local union and traveling contractor workers in addition to Davis Besse’s regular workforce.

In September 2006, Materion Brush, Inc., formally Brush Wellman, selected Elmore, Ohio as the site for a proposed $40 to $60 million primary beryllium facility, also referred to as the “Pebble Plant” for the shape of the beryllium metal produced in the plant. From 2008 to 2012, a detailed E&DP was executed to establish the infrastructure, facilities, and install equipment necessary to operate the facility. Approximately 25 additional jobs were created to operate and maintain the facility. The Pebble Plant opened in May 2010, and was completed under an innovative private-public, cost-sharing partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Northern Manufacturing constructed a new 45,000 sq.ft. facility. The expansion had an estimated cost of $1.2 million, and purchased and installed approximately $200,000 worth of new manufacturing equipment. The project began Spring 2011 and was completed by the end of 2011. The company added 10 new full-time, permanent employees. In 2015, Northern Manufacturing moved from it’s North Locust Street plant to a 185,000 square foot facility at Lake Winds Industrial Park, of which 40,000 square feet is dedicated solely to stainless steel fabrication.

In 2004, United States Gypsum Company added a new joint treatment manufacturing line at its plant in Gypsum, Ohio. The new line significantly increases the ready-mixed joint compound capacity at the plant. The state-of-the-art manufacturing line was designed specifically to serve the needs of U.S. Gypsum customers, which include building material dealers, home improvement retailers, lumberyards, and paint and decorating distributors. In 2017, USG completed an roadwork improvement project that involved significant improvements to Gypsum Road, which is the primary ingress/egress location for USG operations. The roadwork costs related to the project totaled $857,350.