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Welcome Aboard, Jillian !!!

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Nate Strum General

Hello, my name is Jillian Rine and I am the new Project Associate for Grow Licking County.  I am very excited to join the team and I look forward to working with you.  I was raised here and to be honest with you - I really didn’t think I would be here today.  I wanted to explore my options and ditch this place to see what the world had to offer.  I am a graduate of Licking Valley as well as Heidelberg University, a small liberal arts college located in Tiffin, Ohio. &n…




Workforce Initiatives in Licking County

Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 by Nate Strum General

Over the past nine months, I have met with a number of site selectors and business owners looking to expand or grow their businesses here in Licking County.  During this time, I have heard inquiries about the housing stock, school systems, and recreational programming but there is one focus that ALL of these opportunities ask about:  workforce.  How is your workforce?  What is your available workforce?  What's the pipeline look like for your county (and region's) workfor…




Brewing in Licking County

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Nate Strum General

    Anyone who has met me knows that I am a H-U-G-E craft beer fan.  When I lived in Pittsburgh, I would LOVE going out with friends and trying the newest microbrewery and learning about their spin on a certain style of beer.   After moving to Licking County, I have loved visiting Homestead Beer Co., Buckeye Lake Brewery, or 3 Tigers Brewing (our newest brewery in Granville).  But all of this got me thinking -- what's the economic impact of the br…




Columbus 2020 Releases Official Press Release About Bleckmann

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016 by growlickingcounty@gmail.com General

Bleckmann Enters U.S. Market with 200 New Jobs in the Columbus Region       Columbus, OH— Bleckmann, a Dutch-Belgo company dedicated to third-party logistics in the fashion and lifestyle sector, announced it is entering the U.S. market with a $3.5 million investment in a 175,000 square foot distribution center in the Columbus Region.  The facility, located at 188 Commerce Boulevard in Johnstown, will employ 200 people in warehouse operations, production, superviso…







Bleckmann Bringing 200 Jobs To Johnstown

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by growlickingcounty@gmail.com General

Bleckmann, a European logistic and distribution center for the fashion and lifestyle industry is opening it's first US distribution center which will be located at the Johnstown Industrial Park.  The news made its way through Licking County, on May 23rd, after the council's approval of tax incentives.  This win will bring 200 jobs to Johnstown with a total annual payroll of $5.8 million by the end of 2019.     Bleckmann, originating in Belguim in 1862, continues to serve Eu…




Magnanni Shoes happy to be growing in New Albany

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

Pascual Blanco of Magnanni Shoes has wonderful things to say about Central Ohio in an article with Columbus Business 1st. In 2014, the Spanish shoe company built a 15,000 square foot facility in the New Albany Beauty Park Campus, just off of State Route 161, and are already talking of expanding their operations there.    Blanco emphatically references the logistics & distribution strengths of Central Ohio from "the region's easy access to all major national markets, and its adva…




Coty Inc. Expands in Columbus Region, Adding to Local Workforce

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

    Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, has announced it will add cosmetics manufacturing to its current distribution operation in  Etna Township. The company will invest more than $4 million in machinery and equipment to expand its current facility, adding 73 manufacturing jobs to the area. Its Etna Township facility will begin manufacturing cosmetic kits in the summer of 2016.  




Columbus Region Factbook Now Available Online

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

The latest Columbus Region Factbook is ready and available online. This free resource is packed full of easy-to-read data and serves as an in-depth introduction into the Central Ohio region.       Access the digital version here   Table of Contents:      




It is About Relationship Building

Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 by GROW Licking County General

The success of our organization, and Licking County, depends on great partnerships. Read more on why from Johnstown Village Manager, and GROW Licking County board member, Jim Lenner:         Johnstown Village Manager, Jim Lenner, had a great opportunity to attend the MRO Americas Aviation Week in Dallas, TX this past week with City of Heath Mayor, Mark Johns, and GROW Licking County Economic Development Director, Nate Strum. The purpose was to promote the offerings of…




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