New Round of Workforce Training Money Available

Contact your county Economic Devevelopment Director for assistance:
Van Wert County -Sarah Smith at sksmith@vanwertcounty.org (419-238-2999)
Allen County -Jeff Sprague at spraguej@aedg.org or Eric Davis at davise@aedg.org (419-222-7706)

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For additional assistance, contact
Shannon Vanderpool at 614-644-8560 or Shannon.Vanderpool@development.ohio.gov, Jennifer Spohr at 614-466-4184 or Jennifer.Spohr@development.ohio.gov,
or Julia Hinten at 614-728-4878 or Julia.Hinten@development.ohio.gov.

 

BWC awards Ohio more than $9.4 million in safety rebates

Employers rewarded for commitment to safer workplaces 

COLUMBUS – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer today announced thousands of Ohio employers are receiving more than $9.4 million in savings for their participation in one of 78 safety councils sponsored by BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene. Safety Councils are organized across the state by local businesses to inform participants of new safety standards and regulations, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education.

“Safety Councils are outstanding partners in BWC’s efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety,” said Buehrer. “We are pleased to award these employers that work hard to instill safety in their workplaces because they understand prevention is the single most important feature of an effective workplace safety program that keeps their workers safe on the job.”

Employers can earn a two-percent premium rebate for participating in a safety council, and an additional two-percent performance bonus for reducing either frequency or severity of workplace accidents by 10-percent, or with maintenance at zero. More than $5 million was awarded to 1,900 employers for their participation in a safety council in Fiscal Year 2013, and 2,600 employers received more than $4 million in performance bonuses.

Ohio employers can learn more about safety councils at bwc.ohio.gov.  The councils are only one of many safety-focused services provided by BWC. To learn more about training, on-site consulting and other programs included as part of company’s workers’ compensation premiums, visit the safety section of bwc.ohio.gov.

Online Training to Meet New Hazard Communication Training Requirement

BWC is pleased to announce a “just-in-time” new online training to meet
OSHA’s Hazard Communication 2012 GHS training requirement.
BWC used the course for its own employee training and adapted it for external employers.
OSHA’s deadline for this training is December 1.

 Below is the flyer detailing learning outcomes and
the enrollment steps to take this simple and easy 30 minute HazCom 2012 Basics training.

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Anthem Early Renewal Option

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ANTHEM EARLY RENEWAL OPTION!

EARLY RENEWAL for Anthem Small Groups (2 to 50 employees) is AVAILABLE THROUGH OCTOBER 18th.  Small Groups offering a small group Anthem insurance product should take a few minutes to review this very helpful video that might be a good option for them.  Any group considering an early renewal should check with their broker or Anthem to be sure it will be beneficial for them.

Click below to view this presentation:

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If you can’t view the image above, copy and paste this URL into your browser:
http://www.brainshark.com/usi/vu?pi=zGGzlIjCAzCBPDz0&intk=408450107

OHIO CONTINUES TO ATTRACT JOBS

Companies to Create 1,215 Jobs and Retain 1,047 Jobs Statewide
July 29, 2013

COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich today announced the approval of assistance for 10 projects set to create more than 1,200 jobs and retain 1,047 jobs statewide. During the Ohio Tax Credit Authority’s (TCA) monthly meeting, it reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Together the projects are expected to result in more than $53 million in new payroll and $92 million in investment across Ohio.

Projects approved by the TCA include:

Exel Direct, Inc. (Location TBD) expects to create 95 full-time positions, generating $5.8 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $3.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s new project at a to-be-determined project location. Exel Direct provides full service logistics solutions and specializes in delivering large items for retailers and distributors. The TCA approved a 50 percent, seven-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

CENTRAL OHIO
Avnet, Inc. and Approved Affiliates, Village of Obetz (Franklin Co.) expects to create 300 full-time positions, generating $11.3 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $12.5 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s consolidation project in the Village of Obetz (Franklin Co.). Avnet is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. The TCA approved a 70 percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

FCX Performance, Inc., City of Columbus (Franklin Co.) expects to create 19 full-time positions generating $860,080 in additional annual payroll and retaining $4.6 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Columbus (Franklin Co.). FCX Performance provides process flow control solutions and products to a variety of process industries. The TCA approved a 35 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

lululemon athletica, Inc., City of Columbus (Franklin Co.) expects to create 170 full-time positions, generating $6 million in additional annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in the City of Columbus (Franklin Co.). lululemon sells high-end athletic clothing, specifically for yoga and running. The TCA approved a 55 percent, 10-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Pillar Technology Group LLC, City of Columbus (Franklin Co.) expects to create 40 full-time positions, generating $3 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $3.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Columbus (Franklin Co.). Pillar Technology Group is a software development and strategic business consulting company that creates software solutions. The TCA approved a 45 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

SOUTHEAST OHIO
SAEC/Kinetic Vision Inc., Village of Evendale (Hamilton Co.) expects to create 30 full-time positions, generating $1.4 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $2.6 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Evendale (Hamilton Co.). Kinetic Vision provides full-service product development, including concept ideation and industrial design, prototype development, product design and engineering, custom software development, reverse engineering, product visual communication and digital media creation. The TCA approved a 40 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.
ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America Inc., City of Hamilton (Butler Co.) expects to create 100 full-time positions, generating $2.9 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $12.3 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Hamilton (Butler Co.). ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America supplies damping and suspension products. The TCA approved a 45 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

NORTHEAST OHIO
Constant Aviation, LLC, City of Cleveland (Cuyahoga Co.) expects to create 300 full-time positions, generating $13.8 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $8.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Cleveland (Cuyahoga Co.). Constant Aviation specializes in airframe maintenance, engine repair maintenance, major repairs, avionics, interior refurbishment and modification, parts distribution, and accessory and composite services. The TCA approved a 60 percent, seven-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

NORTHWEST OHIO
Jacobson Mfg – Tiffin LLC, City of Tiffin (Seneca Co.) expects to create 21 full-time positions, generating $698,880 in additional annual payroll and retaining $1.5 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Tiffin (Seneca Co.). Jacobson Mfg – Tiffin is a manufacturer who primary process is cold forming. The TCA approved a 35 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

WESTERN OHIO
Pratt (Lewisburg Container), LLC, Village of Lewisburg (Preble Co.) expects to create 140 full-time positions, generating $8 million in additional annual payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Lewisburg (Preble Co.). Pratt manufactures and sells 100 percent recycled boxes and packaging materials. The TCA approved a 65 percent, 10-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

-from the Communication Department of Governor John R. Kasich

ELEVEN COMPANIES TO INVEST A TOTAL OF $51 MILLION ACROSS OHIO

More Than 1,200 Jobs to Be Created or Retained in the State

COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the approval of assistance for11 projects set to create 410 jobs and retain 874 jobs statewide. During their monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Together the projects are expected to result in more than $20 million in new payroll, and spur approximately $51 million in investment across Ohio.

Projects approved by the TCA include:

Fynanz, Inc. (Location TBD) expects to create 73 full-time positions, generating $3 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project at a to-be-determined location. Fynanz provides web-based private student lending networks and solutions. The TCA approved a 45 percent, seven-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Northwest Ohio

Kalida Manufacturing Inc., Village of Kalida (Putnam Co.) expects to create 67 full-time positions, generating $1.7 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $16.2 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Kalida (Putnam Co.). Kalida Manufacturing is a Tier 2 stamping and welding plant, producing auto frame sub-components for Honda vehicles. The TCA approved a 40 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Southwest Ohio

Air Transport International, Inc., City of Wilmington (Clinton Co.) expects to create 65 full-time positions, generating $5.1 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in the City of Wilmington (Clinton Co.). Air Transport International flies passenger and cargo aircraft. The TCA approved a 50 percent, seven-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Jedson Engineering Inc., City of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.) expects to create 30 full-time positions, generating $2.8 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $8 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in the City of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.). Jedson provides engineering, procurement and construction management services to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. The TCA approved a 45 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Central Ohio

GoWebApps.com, Inc. and Coalesce Software, City of Delaware (Delaware Co.) expects to create 25 full-time positions, generating $1.1 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $1 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Delaware (Delaware Co.). This software development company creates and services software targeting the sales and service industry. The TCA approved a 40 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

The Kroger Co., City of Columbus (Franklin Co.) expects to create 23 full-time positions, generating $1.5 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $4.45 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s consolidation project in the City of Columbus (Franklin Co.). The Kroger Co. was established in 1883 as a grocery store, and today it is one of the largest retailers in the U.S. The TCA approved a 40 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Northeast Ohio

Freeway Corporation, Village of Valley View (Cuyahoga Co.) expects to create 20 full-time positions, generating $800,000 in additional annual payroll and retaining $5.7 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Valley View (Cuyahoga County). Freeway Corporation is in the metalworking industry, specializing in manufacturing washers, stampings, multi-component assemblies, ball bearing assemblies and precision machined components. The TCA approved a 35 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

RTS Companies (US), Inc., Austinburg Township (Ashtabula Co.) expects to create 30 full-time positions, generating $728,000 in additional annual payroll and retaining $1.4 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in Austinburg Township (Ashtabula Co.). RTS Companies is a manufacturer of custom and proprietary molded plastic products. The TCA approved a 35 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Ohio Star Forge Co., City of Warren (Trumbull Co.) expects to create 26 full-time positions, generating $1.5 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $5.8 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s consolidation project in the City of Warren (Trumbull Co.). Ohio Star Forge offers forging capabilities for numerous applications from automotive to fasteners.  The TCA approved a 40 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Western Ohio

Industrial Door Company, Inc. dba Industrial Spring Company, City of Piqua (Miami Co.) expects to create 26 full-time positions, generating $890,000 in new annual payroll as a result of the company’s new location project in the City of Piqua (Miami Co.). Industrial Door Company, Inc. manufactures, installs and services garage doors. The TCA approved a 45 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Robert Rothschild Farm Holding Company, LLC dba Robert Rothschild Farm, City of Urbana (Champaign Co.) expects to create 25 full-time positions, generating $1.25 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $3.2 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Urbana (Champaign Co.). Robert Rothschild Farm is a gourmet foods manufacturer that produces gourmet dips, sauces, mustards, condiments, dessert toppings and snack foods. The TCA approved a 40 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

COMMITMENTS OF $92 MILLION IN NEW PAYROLL EXPECTED TO SPUR LOCAL ECONOMIES

COMMITMENTS OF $92 MILLION IN NEW PAYROLL EXPECTED TO SPUR LOCAL ECONOMIES

 COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich announced the approval of assistance forfive projects set to create 517 jobs and retain 1,443 jobs statewide. Together the projects are expected to result in more than $92 million in new payroll, and spur $31 million in investment across Ohio. During their monthly meeting, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners.

Projects approved by the TCA include:

Northeast Ohio

Hyland Software Inc., City of Westlake (Cuyahoga Co.) expects to create 387 full-time positions, generating $13.5 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $76.9 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Westlake (Cuyahoga Co.). Hyland Software is the developer of OnBase, an enterprise content management software solution. The TCA approved a 50 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Northwest Ohio

Diamond Manufacturing of Bluffton, LTD, Village of Bluffton (Allen Co.) expects to create 25 full-time positions, generating $750,000 in additional annual payroll and retaining $970,000 in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Bluffton (Allen Co.). Diamond Manufacturing provides metalworking production needs. The TCA approved a 40 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Patrick Products, Inc., Village of Leipsic (Putnam Co.) expects to create 30 full-time positions, generating $850,000 in additional annual payroll and retaining $6.3 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the Village of Leipsic (Putnam Co.). Patrick Products manufactures plastic bottles for the janitorial supply, household chemical, food and automotive markets. The TCA approved a 45 percent, five-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Southwest Ohio

Peter Cremer North America, L.P., City of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.) expects to create 50 full-time positions, generating $1.8 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $5.1 million in existing  payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project  in the City of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.). Peter Cremer is a wholesaler of oleochemicals. The TCA approved a 40 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Western Ohio

Tridec Technologies, LLC, City of Huber Heights (Montgomery Co.) expects to create 25 full-time positions, generating $1.5 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $3 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project in the City of Huber Heights (Montgomery Co.). Tridec Technologies specializes in program and technical management, development, and implementation of IT programs with the Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies and industry. The TCA approved a 45 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Newfound energy: editorial

Switching vehicles to natural gas would save money, cut pollution

If compressed natural gas, or CNG, catches on as the next fuel source for America’s vehicles, it would have enormous ramifications for Ohio, which is sitting atop trillions of cubic feet of natural-gas deposits in the Utica shale.

The promise is great: a local energy source that is abundant, cheaper for consumers and cleaner-burning than gasoline without degrading vehicle performance. Meanwhile, the U.S. could ease its dependence on foreign oil, which enriches and empowers some of the most evil regimes in the world.

The problem is making the conversion. But as Gov. John Kasich said the other day, Ohio businesses might help with that issue.

A major reason demand is low for natural-gas vehicles is that refueling stations are few and far between. But no one builds stations because the demand for them doesn’t yet exist. Vast stretches of Ohio don’t have refueling stations, and the Columbus metro area has only a few. And only one automaker so far, Honda, manufactures a CNG vehicle for the public. General Motors took orders in the spring for pickup trucks that will run on both gasoline and CNG.

To break this chicken-and-egg cycle, someone has to get out front, and Kasich has called on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business to help promote natural gas as a vehicle fuel.

While the average price of gasoline in Columbus was $3.72 per gallon on Wednesday, the price of an equivalent unit of energy from CNG is about $2.

Editorial continued here: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2012/10/16/newfound-energy.html