Fresh Mark Announces Another Expansion – Fresh Mark, a leading supplier of smoked and processed meats to the retail and food services industries, has announced another expansion at its Massillon facility. Starting construction the end of January 2010, Fresh Mark will be adding an additional 70,000 sq.ft. in Massillon. Fresh Mark also has operations in Canton and Salem. The expansion will allow Fresh Mark to increase its bacon production capacity and will accommodate the increasing needs of a broad base of Fresh Mark’s customers. Kristen Clemmer, Director of Marketing, also reported that the company currently employs 290 workers at the Massillon facility. The Massillon Planning Commission had approved Fresh Mark’s request to combine several lots for the project and also rezoned some of the lots from residential to light industrial. The company has 42 acres available for the current project and future expansion. Fresh Mark’s customers include major grocery chains, well-known restaurants, and food service operators throughout the country. Fresh Mark’s products are recognized by the Sugardale® and Superior Brand® meats’ brands. Click here to read the Massillon Independent article on the expansion.
Akron-Canton Airport Continues Growth and Great Results –The Akron Canton Airport (CAK) announced last month a new nonstop service to Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). SkyWest Airlines, in partnership with AirTran Airways, will be providing the daily service. The new flights connect into AirTran’s growing hub at MKE, allowing for easy connections to great cities like Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver and Las Vegas. Akron Canton already provides flights daily to Atlanta which also provides flights to the west coast. Rick McQueen, President and CEO of CAK, had this to say: “The new flights provide important new options, low fares, and excellent access to the Northern Chicago region.” Akron Canton has non-stop flights to New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Tampa, Denver, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, as well as Atlanta and Milwaukee. The travel statistics for last year at Akron Canton were impressive. The worst global recession in history did not stop travelers from throughout Northeast Ohio from finding low fares and a relaxing customer experience. A little more than 1.44 million customers traveled to and from CAK in 2009, making it the airport’s second best year ever. That figure is just off 1.7 percent compared to 2008, the airport’s best year. Nationally, passenger figures declined 6 percent in 2009 compared with 2008. AirTran Airways was the largest volume carrier with 767,382 passengers in 2009. The two new flights in 2009 to Washington Reagan and to Ft. Lauderdale supported the statistics. Looking ahead, CAK is the only airport in the state showing increased seat capacity in early 2010. To read about the new nonstop service, click here, and to read about CAK’s performance in 2009. click here.