Like all communities and businesses, the Regional Growth Partnership has been fighting through the COVID-19 pandemic and utilizing all resources to support existing local businesses.

But at the same time, the RGP has continued communicating with businesses and consultants across the country, letting them know our region, and all of Ohio, are ready now to support those companies looking to expand operations.

Those continuing efforts helped Northwest Ohio secure nearly $55 million of new investment in the second quarter of 2020 from businesses expanding or opening new operations in this region, creating 324 new jobs in the process.

One of the more significant Q2 project wins for this region was the Adler Pelzer Group’s (APG) announcement to enter the Northwest Ohio market, moving into a 100,000 square-foot facility in Oregon. APG is a worldwide leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing of acoustic and thermal components and systems for the automotive sector. With headquarters in Germany, the automotive supplier will invest $10 million into its operations and create approximately 80 new jobs, with the future possibility of further expansion and job creation.

Another high-profile project, Amazon announced plans for a new delivery station at the former Southwyck Mall site in south Toledo. The e-commerce company will add at least 75 new jobs to the market.

Through the first half of 2020, the RGP, in collaboration with its local economic development partners and JobsOhio, has reported the creation of more than 800 new jobs by businesses, with capital investment exceeding $235 million.