Shearer’s Foods Chooses Massillon Over Texas ­ Shearer’s Foods, Inc., currently headquartered in Brewster, Ohio, announced plans to build a new production facility on 14 acres in NOVA Technology Park in Massillon, Ohio. Massillon was in competition with Lubbock, Texas for the new facility. Shearer’s Foods presently has a 180,000 sq.ft. facility in Brewster and a 190,000 sq.ft. facility in Lubbock. Founded in 1974, Shearer’s Foods manufactures and distributes kettle cooked potato chips, traditional potato chips, tortilla chips, extruded products, and other related snack products. The company manufactures products under the Shearer’s brand, as well as co-packing products for a number of industry customers including Frito-Lay, Giant Eagle, and Gordon Food Service. Shearer’s Foods employs 667 associates, with 560 associates in Ohio. The new production facility will be LEED Gold Certified and will comply with the U.S. Green Building Council’s requirements for the reduction of energy and atmospheric emissions, water conservation, waste reduction, associate sustainability, and minimization of the site’s environmental footprint. With the planned employment of 181 new associates and the investment of over $60 million, the State of Ohio has awarded the company a 50% Job Creation Tax Credit for a term of up to eight years valued at $612,909. Additionally committed was $100,000 in Ohio Investment in Training Program funds and $181,000 in Employment Screening and Recruitment Services through the Employment Source, the Stark County One-Stop. The State of Ohio also awarded a $2 million 166 Direct Loan at an interest rate of three percent for an eight year term and a $8,425,000 Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund loan for a term of eight years at an interest rate to be determined. The City of Massillon will be considering a ten year, 75% tax exemption on real estate and a $50,000 economic inducement grant. To read more about the announcement, click here.

Case Farms Expanding into Stark County ­ Case Farms, LLC has announced plans to build a new feed mill on 18 acres in the NEOCOM Industrial Park in Massillon. This $14 million project is necessary in order to increase operating capacity. Case Farms, which also has operations in Winesburg, Ohio, and in North Carolina, is an integrated poultry processor engaged in the production, processing, marketing, and distribution of fresh and frozen poultry products along with the production of poultry breeding stock. The company processes 1.6 million birds per week and has more than 2,000 employees. The State of Ohio awarded the company a 35 percent Job Creation Tax Credit for a term of up to seven years for the creation of 25 full-time jobs. The value of the tax credit is estimated at $49,600 over the term. The City of Massillon awarded Case Farms a 75 percent, ten year tax abatement and a $15,000 economic development grant. Also important to the company’s decision to locate in Massillon was the availability of rail service from Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company. To read more about the project, click here.

Jumpstart Invests in Canton-area Company ­ InSet Systems, LLC, a mine communications company has been awarded $400,000 from Northeast Ohio venture development organization Jumpstart, Inc. InSet Systems will use the money to speed up development of a tracking system meant to pinpoint the location of miners and mining equipment. The money will also allow the company to begin installing InSet systems in mines. The company eventually plans to pursue other uses for the technology, which tracks inertia using accelerometers, gyroscopes, miniature sensors, and computers that measure changes in geographic position, velocity, and orientation. The company, currently located in Strasburg, plans to relocate to the Akron Global Business Accelerator which houses several startup technology companies. To read about the announcement, click here.

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