Medline Industries Chooses Canton for Distribution Center – Medline Industries, a national manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies and services, finalized the purchase of 18.9 acres in the Mills Industrial Park. The Mills Industrial Park is a joint venture of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the DeHoff Family Foundation. Medline plans to build a 300,000 sq.ft. distribution center and estimates the total project cost at $13.7 million. Medline, based out of Mundelein, Illinois, plans to create 25 to 30 permanent full-time jobs in an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building. The effort to secure Medline for the city was a collaboration among the City of Canton, the State of Ohio, Stark County Community Improvement Corporation, the Canton Regional Chamber, DeHoff Development, Team NEO, and the Stark Development Board. Medline officials said the factors in the final decision were quality of workforce, transportation costs, location of customers, and the incentives being offered. In addition to real estate tax abatement and job creation tax credits from both the city and state, the city and county pledged grants totaling $200,000. Canton was competing against sites in western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio. Groundbreaking is anticipated in the spring. To read more about the announcement, click on this Canton Repository article.
Akron-Canton Airport Gets $16.6 million for Runway Expansion – On Monday, March 15, FAA Administrator Randy Bobbitt presented Akron-Canton Airport officials with $16.6 million in funding for the completion of the 5/23 runway project. The airport’s main runway is being extended by 600 feet. This extension will allow the airport to accommodate nonstop west coast flights and flights to international vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Bobbitt said by extending the runway and continuing to look for more ways to expand the number of flights and destinations, the Akron-Canton Airport is plugging into an aviation network that will benefit the entire community. When finished, runway 5/23 will be 8200 feet long with ILS landing systems at both ends. Akron-Canton currently offers direct flights to Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Milwaukee, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa, and Washington D.C. To read more about the expansion, click on this Canton Repository.com article.
Ohio Gets No. 1 Ranking In Corporate Facilities – Ohio for the fourth year in a row has won an award for leading the nation in corporate facilities projects. On March 3, Site Selection Magazine announced that the state had won its 2009 Governors Cup with 381 projects, described as new or expanded corporate facilities. Texas was second with 374 projects and Michigan was third with 371 projects. To read more about the announcement, click on the Site Selection Magazine article.