State of Ohio Approves Tax Break for TruBridge – TruBridge, a company that leases offices in the Hoover District in North Canton, will receive a state tax credit that could exceed $82,000 if it creates at least 100 full-time positions or their equivalent by the end of 2016, a state agency announced on Monday, July 28. The Ohio Development Services Agency said that the five-member Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved the state tax break for TruBridge. Under terms of the tax-credit agreement, TruBridge must keep its existing jobs and hire an additional 100 people to full-time or an equivalent combination of full and part-time jobs that add $2.5 million in annual payroll. In return, TruBridge would be able to reduce its state tax bill for five years by an amount equal to 40 percent of the state income tax withheld from those new employee’s salaries. DSA says if the company adds 100 full-time positions, the estimated credit would be $82,608 over five years. The greater the number of jobs and payroll added, the greater the credit. TruBridge provides health plan education, evaluation and enrollment services for the Medicare eligible population. The Stark Development Board submitted a letter of support for TruBridge’s tax-credit application to Jobs-Ohio, the state’s private economic development agency. DSA spokesperson Stephanie Gostomski said criteria to get tax credits include the economic development value of the jobs, the location of the jobs in the state, whether other states are competing to lure the company, the industry, the number of jobs and local support. To learn more about the tax credit, click on this Canton Repository article.

Stark County Port Authority Gives Boost to Paper Research Facility – The Stark County Port Authority has entered a development agreement with Coater Services to help the business move forward with construction of a research facility for advanced paper products. The agreement restructures an Ohio Jobs Ready Site Grant issued to Kohler Coating four years ago. The $750,000 grant will help to pay for a $1.14 million construction project to expand a building at 1205 Fifth St. SW in Canton where Kohler has been developing new technology for processing corrugated cardboard. The company, which has offices in Lake Township, has been working with several universities and different companies on efforts to commercialize the technology. “It’s another way to put Stark County and Canton on the map,” said Stephen Paquette, president and CEO of the Stark Development Board. It also brings another specialized research center to the community. It joins LG Fuel Cell Systems at Stark State College and The Timken Technology and Test Center where wind turbines are tested. To read more about the new equipment technology, click on this Canton Repository article.

Walsh University Awarded NSF Grant Benefiting Chemistry Students – Walsh University has been awarded its first National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for almost $600,000 to fund scholarships for students interested in pursuing the field of chemistry. With an initial award of $75,616, NSF has pledged continued support of the program for an additional $518,137 over a five-year period. The highly competitive Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant was awarded to the Walsh Division of Mathematics and Sciences to fund the creation of the new STAR Chemistry Program: Inspiring, Educating and Preparing Young Science Talent for an American Ready Workforce. “NSF grants are very competitive, and Walsh University is honored to receive one. It is a strong endorsement of our faculty and the quality of our programs. The University has always had a tradition of excellence, and in recent years we have renewed our commitment to extend that tradition more deeply into the areas of scholarship and research,” said Walsh University President Richard Jusseaume. The grant will enable Walsh to award 16 four-year scholarships to eligible chemistry students, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per year, depending on each student’s level of unmet financial need and merit. To learn more about the grant and the STAR program, click on this Walsh University press release.

Heinz Frozen Food Grows in Massillon – Heinz Frozen Food Co. introduced Ore-Ida Easy Fries as a new packaging line, as a part of its facility expansion and jobs push. The Heinz plant on the city’s southwest side is the sole facility nationwide that packages Smart Ones entrees, desserts and soups, said Justin Shaw, human resources director for the company. Mainly frozen foods and desserts are processed at the city plant. In addition, the plant handles TGI Fridays frozen entrees and dips and Heinz-brand soups. Heinz is in the process of an approximately $28 million expansion to its processing facility at 1301 Oberlin Road SW—an effort that aims to add about 250 local manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016. The facility currently has 467 employees. Heinz chose to expand in the city last fall mainly due to an existing distribution center at the Oberlin Road plant and a successful employee efficiency rate of 90 percent. Logistically, the distribution facility shortens deliveries to the East coast, according to Shaw. Work to expand the facility began earlier this year and is scheduled for completion by the end of September. To read more about the expansion, click on this The Independent article.

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