APackaging Group Builds New Injection Molding Manufacturing Plant in Ohio

The company chooses to expand in Ohio for a rural community with a strong labor force and community to support growth
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Company Name: APackaging Group
Location: Defiance
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

Project Summary:

  • Type of Project: New Location
  • Jobs Committed: 135
  • Capital Investment: $49,012,726

Company Need:

APackaging Group (APG) sought to build a larger manufacturing plant to produce up to 500 million plastic dispensing pumps for the health and beauty industries. This facility would make most of the high-speed automation and high cavitation molds in the U.S.

The company’s site search sought a rural community with a strong labor force and community support.

Testimonial:

“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

 

Why Ohio?

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.

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Collaborators:

JobsOhio, the Regional Growth Partnership, and the Ohio Department of Development