Businesses invested more than $110 million into Northwest Ohio operations in the second quarter of 2017, continuing an upward trajectory for the region. These companies added 522 new jobs during that same period.

“The RGP and our regional partners have aggressively marketed and communicated the key business advantages of Northwest Ohio to our target audiences,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership. “As our efforts escalate, we more so are seeing positive results throughout the region, in terms of jobs and investment.”

One significant project occurred in Lima where a recycling company opened a new facility. Recleim, a recycling and resource recovery business for household and commercial appliances, announced a $15 million investment for machinery and equipment at the 94,000 square-foot building. The Atlanta-based company is currently hiring 150 new people with plans to open in September.

Another Q2 win for Northwest Ohio involved Mennel Milling, which announced a $34.6 million investment at its flour mill in Fostoria. Also tied to the food industry, Cooper Farms in Van Wert announced plans to hire 50 new people to support an $8.2 million investment for its meat production operations.

Other notable second-quarter projects included:

Therma Tru
MICC
Tron Air
38 new jobs
33 new jobs
110 new jobs
$4.35 million investment
$1.5 million investment
$14.3 million investment