deSter Corporation recently announced plans for a new manufacturing facility in Allen County. The company is expected to create at least 70 new positions with an investment in excess of $5 million.

According to officials, deSter was attracted to the Northwest Ohio region because of its strong agricultural industry. One of the company’s larger customers, Bob Evans, is also located in Lima.

“Northwest Ohio is quickly becoming a premier location for the food processing and beverage industry,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership. “Our location, combined with a comprehensive transportation network and intermodal connections, allows for fast, efficient and cost-effective access to customers.”

DeSter designs and manufactures food packaging, primarily serving quick service restaurant chains, food processors, airlines, hotels & rail customers across the globe. The company has a regional and warehousing operation in Atlanta, but this marks its first manufacturing facility in the U.S.

Allen Economic Development Group played a major role in working with the company once the site selection process reached the Lima region. In addition, the RGP worked closely with JobsOhio in securing a Revitalization Grant to purchase and rehab an existing structure. International business development teams from JobsOhio and the RGP led the attraction efforts in discovering and facilitating the opportunity.