Company Name: APackaging Group
Industry Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Company Profile: A Packaging Group founded by a veteran in the cosmetic and beauty packaging industry with more than 25 years of experience. With factories in Asia and contract facilitates in the U.S., APG offers quality products at unrivaled production speed.
Company Website: www.apackaginggroup.com
We found [a rural community with a strong labor force and community support] here. Plus, logistically, we have U.S. 24 right near the facility and a rail spur backside, giving us a great asset in purchasing power for raw materials.
- John Allen -
Vice President of Manufacturing, APG
APG will move into a new 80,000 square-foot spec building constructed by NAI Harmon Group, a leading commercial real estate and development company.
Manufacturers in Ohio often benefit from the state’s geographic location and logistic assets, which puts them closer to customers and suppliers for companies. Ohio is a well-established base for companies moving goods around the globe, being just a one-day drive from more than 60 percent of U.S. and Canadian populations.
Ohio has the fourth largest interstate highway system in the nation, with nearly 7,000 lane miles on eight major routes. The state also has ten large rail yards and 13 intermodal terminals, the second-highest number in the U.S. Ohio has the fourth most extensive network of operating railroads in the nation. The state’s 5,388 miles of active freight rail is No. 3 in the U.S. Ohio has four class one rail-based suppliers: CSX, Norfolk Southern, Canadian Pacific, and Canadian National.
The Harmon Group recognized an insufficiency of site products in the Northwest Ohio marketplace, a shortage that has led to missed opportunities for potentially attracting new business over the years. JobsOhio shares the same passion. Last year, it unveiled a new program to fill gaps in Ohio’s real estate inventory: The Ohio Site Inventory Program (OSIP). OSIP offers grants and low-interest loans to support speculative site and building development projects.
Through OSIP, NAI Harmon received a $2.6 million loan and a $565,000 grant to assist in developing the spec building that will now house APG.