Driven by strong returns from the advanced manufacturing sector, the Regional Growth Partnership reported the creation of more than 400 new jobs by businesses across Northwest Ohio in the second quarter of 2022. These projects brought $673 million of new investment to the region.

The second quarter results were supported through the collaborative efforts of the RGP and local economic development groups which make up the 17-county Northwest Ohio footprint.

Overall during the first half of 2022, the RGP reported that businesses had created nearly 1,000 new jobs with capital investment exceeding $800 million.

The Procter & Gamble Company’s $500 million expansion (135 new jobs) at its Lima, Ohio, plant was a significant project contributing toward the Q2 numbers. The global consumer goods, personal care company added a new product line while expanding both its warehousing and manufacturing space.

Other notable expansion projects included Principle Business Enterprises (Wood County) adding 34 new jobs through a $21 million investment, and Ball Beverage Container (Hancock County) announcing an $84 million investment which led to the creation of 18 new jobs.

“We’re encouraged businesses continue to recognize and take advantage of the regional assets which can help with their continued growth. Through the support of JobsOhio, Northwest Ohio remains committed to building a conducive climate allowing businesses to maximize success and opportunities.”

– Dean Monske, President and CEO, RGP

In the second quarter, advanced manufacturing accounted for more than $111 million of investment. This follows a pattern of robust manufacturing activity across the region.  In 2021, that industry alone generated $1.5 billion of investment and created nearly 4,000 new jobs in Northwest Ohio.