Q1 Metrics Report

Spearheaded by GM-Powertrain’s major expansion at its west Toledo facility, businesses across Northwest Ohio invested nearly $125 million into their operations in the first quarter of 2021, continuing the region’s emergence in the post-COVID economy.

Powertrain announced earlier this year plans to invest $75 million to increase the manufacturing plant’s capacity of full-size truck 10-speed transmissions, including the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

“We appreciate the GM Toledo team’s commitment to build world-class products for our customers and this investment recognizes their efforts,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president, North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations.

The total capital investment in the first quarter included the creation of 134 new jobs. One of the more significant projects was Alliance Automation in Van Wert, which added 40 new jobs through its $5 million investment. The robotics and automation company is constructing a new 80,000 square-foot building, consolidating its office, warehouse and manufacturing operations.

Another noteworthy first-quarter project was Libbey’s announcement to maintain its world headquarters and manufacturing operations in Toledo, expanding the plant with a new stemware line.

“We are excited to maintain and build upon our presence here in Toledo through greater investment,” said Jim Burmeister, COO, Libbey. “Over the course of more than 130 years, the Toledo region has supported our business and helped us flourish. This is a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation to the regional community by positioning our company for even more growth.”

Combined, these new projects across Northwest Ohio added more than $8 million in new payroll.