New JobsOhio Program Assists Underrepresented Communities and Businesses in Allen County

Multiple companies in Northwest Ohio’s Allen County recently announced seven expansions through the assistance of a new JobsOhio incentive program that will support these service and manufacturing development projects. The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant provided grant funding to the seven projects in the amount of $250,000. Those dollars supported the creation of 25 new jobs and the retention of 130.

“Gap financing through the JOIG has enabled seven of our businesses to move forward with machinery purchases and IT upgrades this year. The investments will result in new jobs and business expansion,” said Dave Stratton, Allen Economic Development Group President/CEO. “The JOIG has been a difference maker in a difficult year.”

The companies, spread across the Northwest Ohio county, all received assistance from JobsOhio Inclusion Grants, a new program that provides support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.

“JobsOhio Inclusion Grants are a tool that can spur business growth and  opportunity for underrepresented communities and populations to support Ohio’s potential for a sustainable recovery and economic growth,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “These seven small and medium-sized businesses have outstanding potential to expand and bring more jobs and revitalization to Allen County.”

The Allen County Businesses receiving JobsOhio Inclusion Grants are:

Alloway (Lima)

Alloway is a full-service environmental laboratory specializing in analyses on drinking water, wastewater, and solid and hazardous waste. Alloway’s mission is to partner with customers in a way to help them be more successful. Investment will allow the company to scale up market research and testing capabilities, as well as increase marketability and meet customer demand.

Chuffers Insight Solutions (Spencerville)

The company is a material handling and recycling provider serving area manufacturers in a variety of industries. This project and grant will allow the company additional capacity to take on new customers and also allow them to be more efficient and increase production.

Fleck Manufacturing (Lima)

Fleck is a manufacturer of technical and engineered rubber products for the building and construction markets. The investment will support new M&E to elevate and diversify the company’s products to meet industry demand.

S.I. Distributing (Spencerville)

The company provides high quality, innovative products for the agricultural industry. The grant will allow the company to upgrade IT needs, improving productivity and revenue.

Signs Ohio (Lima)

Signs Ohio specializes in custom-design signs manufacturing. The company was established in 1992 and brands itself as a turnkey solution offering services from conception to installation. The grant will support new installation and equipment upgrades.

United Equity (Spencerville)

A locally owned farm-based cooperative. The company has several Northwest Ohio locations, with the Spencerville site offering a wide variety of agricultural supplies. The grant will support the introduction of new product lines, allowing for greater automation, new technologies and increased employment.

Wellman Services (Lima)

Established in 2010, Wellman is a commercial heating, cooling, plumbing, refrigeration company. The grant will allow the company to bring in-house sheet metal fabrication, duct work and custom finishing, enhancing its competitive position.

Grant decisions for the program are based on a number of project factors, including but not limited to company location, company ownership, jobs created and/or retained, and project fixed asset investment. Support is generally intended for small to medium-sized companies with eligible projects.