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$8.6 million renovation could be coming to Schneider Soccer Complex

South Toledo’s Schneider Soccer Complex could soon be renovated into state-of-the-art facilities that soccer club leaders hope will expand access to the sport in Toledo and attract regional tournaments to the city. Toledo City Council on Wednesday will consider two pieces of legislation that, if approved, would get the ball rolling. The first is an […]

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Perrysburg Township project includes restaurants, gym and French Quarter theme

A New Orleans-themed development in Perrysburg Township with restaurants, a coffee shop and gym is under construction and slated to open starting early next year. French Quarter Square will be worth $15-$20 million when finished, said Mike Denman, vice president of developer River Rock Property Group. The property at 10630 Fremont Pike is just east […]

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Ohio awards tech company a tax credit for expected 378 new jobs in downtown Toledo

Ohio has awarded Bitwise Industries a tax credit for its planned downtown Toledo innovation center, which the California tech company pledges will create 378 jobs with an annual payroll of $20.4 million. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority on Monday agreed Bitwise will get a 1.8 percent, 10-year job creation tax credit for its efforts, a […]

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Coming soon to Toledo: Discount retailer HomeBuys, upscale restaurant Cooper’s Hawk

Discount home goods retailer HomeBuys is coming to Toledo, filling a long-vacant space at Talmadge Road and Monroe Street that previously housed The Andersons general store. The Columbus-based company with locations around the state claims a “treasure-hunt atmosphere,” with always-changing items. It purchases closeout items from other retailers and manufacturers then sells them at a deep discount. […]

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Giving a boost to Lowertown

Anyone who has cruised along Summit Street just north of downtown in recent years has noticed a change. The neighborhood has some new businesses, new plans for the riverfront, and a new energy. What it needs is a little boost from the city. Neighborhood leaders, including owners of some of those new bars and restaurants, […]

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Oregon Economic Development Committee discusses town center project, future

As part of Oregon’s new town-center project’s first phase, construction of a new roadway off Pickle Road is scheduled to begin at summer’s end. The Oregon Economic Development Committee met Thursday to discuss that project as well as the status of Oregon’s industrially zoned property and what kind of projects might be in its future. […]

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TriMas in Bloomfield Hills Expands Packaging Business with New Ohio Facility

Bloomfield Hills-based TriMas Corp. announced today that Rieke Packaging Systems, part of the TriMas Packaging Group, is expanding its North American manufacturing presence by building a 230,000-square-foot facility in New Albany, Ohio, with operations set to commence in the second quarter of 2022. The new facility will be located near Rieke’s current New Albany manufacturing […]

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Western Lucas County growth steady for decades

A housing community the size of Waterside Sylvania needs to be located on the outskirts or builders will run out of space. “This is the very edge of Sylvania Township,” said JP Ankney, co-owner of Gulfstream Development, as he walked along Windward Drive and Montauk Court within the Waterside Sylvania community. “That field over there is […]

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Peloton to build first U.S. factory in Wood County

Peloton Interactive Inc., which makes a popular line of high-end exercise equipment including stationary bicycles, has chosen Wood County’s Troy Township as the location for its first U.S. factory, a one-million-square-foot manufacturing plant that will cost $400 million and employ nearly 2,200 workers. Construction of the state-of-the-art Peloton plant is expected to begin this summer […]

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Auto supplier in Williams Co. to invest $4.5 million, create 104 new jobs

Matsu Ohio, a parts supplier that makes seat panels, door panels, and a variety of other metal products for the auto industry, will make a $4.5 million investment to expand its Williams County operations, adding 104 new jobs. The company said its investment in new machinery and equipment will help it take on more business […]

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Can Amazon deliver new life to Reynolds Road?

In a few months, what was the weed-strewn, broken concrete grave of the former Southwyck Shopping Center will be reborn with the opening of Amazon’s $25 million “Delivery Station.”  The 150,000-square-foot facility at 2040 S. Reynolds Rd. will bring new life, plus 410 jobs, to the 58-acre site that has sat vacant since 2008 when […]

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Land Bank to seek federal funds for industrial site cleanup

Land Bank to seek federal funds for industrial site cleanup

The Lucas County Land Bank board voted Wednesday to submit a first-time application for a $350,000 share of the city of Toledo’s Community Development Block Grant. If awarded by Toledo City Council, the money would be spent on two projects: to beautify an abandoned industrial site next to a central Toledo neighborhood and to stabilize […]

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Toledo retail landscape not as bad as expected, report says

Toledo retail landscape not as bad as expected, report says

Thirty major retailers filed for bankruptcy in 2020, a devastating year that saw nearly 15,000 stores close and thousands of workers jobless.  But while the loss of major retailers also was felt in the Toledo area during the year of the coronavirus pandemic — with chains like Steinmart, Pier 1, and Art Van Furniture, all […]

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Libbey to invest $30 million in Toledo operations

Libbey to invest $30 million in Toledo operations

Libbey Glass LLC has announced it will maintain its Toledo operations, add a stemware line, and remain headquartered in the city. With the assistance from JobsOhio, the company plans to invest nearly $30 million over the next four years for those purposes, according to a business announcement released Monday by the Regional Growth Partnership. “We […]

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Pandemic could bring permanent changes to delivery, office work

Pandemic could bring permanent changes to delivery, office work

There’s little doubt that living under a year of a global pandemic has caused many of us to adopt new routines and trends.  Purchases from Amazon, groceries by delivery, dining outdoors, meetings by Zoom.  But how many of those changes will remain after the coronavirus is finally under control? “This year has forced us to […]

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Cannabis firm with Toledo connection growing like a weed

Cannabis firm with Toledo connection growing like a weed

An Illinois company that opened the Toledo area’s first medical cannabis dispensary and owns a cannabis production plant in North Toledo is expanding its local operations to include a marijuana growing facility to augment its Ohio supply chain. Green Thumb, Inc., of Chicago is investing $25 million for the growing facility on Jason Road in […]

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City commission approves proposal requiring special use permit for small box discount stores

City commission approves proposal requiring special use permit for small box discount stores

Small-box discount stores — such as Dollar General — may eventually have to obtain special-use permits to open in Toledo under a proposal passed recently by the Toledo City Plan Commission. The proposal, applicable only to new stores coming in, not existing businesses, would affect discount stores with a floor area between 5,000 and 15,000 square […]

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International Packaging Company Coming To Northwest Ohio

International Packaging Company Coming To Northwest Ohio

Logoplaste has announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio. With headquarters in Portugal, Logoplaste will construct a 100,000 square-foot facility for plastic injection molding of food grade containers. The new $35 million project will add at least 50 new jobs at the Allen County site. “Proximity to a recognized regional plastics […]

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Satelytics moving to Perrysburg, adding jobs

Satelytics moving to Perrysburg, adding jobs

An innovative satellite imagery company is expanding its business into Perrysburg. Satelytics, which was based on the University of Toledo campus, is now hiring for a new location at Levis Commons near the Funny Bone. The firm is adding 38 jobs and about $1 million in new annual payroll. CEO Sean Donegan said the company […]

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Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority gets grants for Shipyard

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority gets grants for Shipyard

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has received state grants that will pay for half of the costs for a new forklift at the Port of Toledo’s General Cargo Dock and for building a retaining wall and other work at the Toledo Shipyard. Of the Ohio Department of Transportation Maritime Assistance Program funds, $235,000 will go […]

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Franklin Park Mall to get new operator

Franklin Park Mall to get new operator

Toledo’s premier retail center, Franklin Park Mall, may be about to get a new operator. The previous mall owner-operator, Starwood Capital Group, of Chicago, was pushed out three months ago after one of its subsidiaries, Starwood West Limited, defaulted on $254 million worth of bonds used to buy Franklin Park and six other malls in […]

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TMACOG receives $23.6 million grant for Glass City Riverwalk

TMACOG receives $23.6 million grant for Glass City Riverwalk

A pair of Ohio congressmen announced Thursday the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments is receiving over $20 million to build a multiuse path along the Maumee River. The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $23.6 million to the group as part of the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development grant program. The money will […]

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Heidtman Steel Products invests $9.1 million in expansion, adds 65 jobs

Heidtman Steel Products invests $9.1 million in expansion, adds 65 jobs

Heidtman Steel Products, Inc., a Toledo-based processor of flat-rolled steel, is expanding its operations in Bedford Township and the city of Bedford Township to create a new steel tubing operation that is expected to create 65 jobs when finished. Heidtman, which has nine steel processing facilities in four Great Lakes states, is backing a new […]

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Southwyck, French Quarter are case studies in shifting industries

Southwyck, French Quarter are case studies in shifting industries

The retail landscape continues to shift in the U.S. and a pair of properties in northwest Ohio provide an interesting juxtaposition. After a decade of conjecture and stalled plans, the former Southwyck Mall site in Toledo is being transformed into an Amazon delivery station, which city officials consider a monumental victory. There is more positive […]

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New downtown marketing firm opens with focus on local businesses, branding

New downtown marketing firm opens with focus on local businesses, branding

The Glass City’s newest marketing firm wants to sell your local company branded merchandise and help it grow. Jim Walrod opened Front Door Marketing in January after a 14-year career at The Image Group where he developed his expertise in business-to-business marketing and branded merchandise. Front Door is a full-service promotional company with a personal […]

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ProMedica to build ER in Maumee

ProMedica to build ER in Maumee

ProMedica announced plans Thursday to build a freestanding emergency room in Maumee on Anthony Wayne Trail near the I-475 interchange, and in the virtual shadows of St. Luke’s Hospital. The new facility will be the second ProMedica Toledo Hospital ER in the region. A news release from ProMedica said the center will “support the growing […]

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Businesses adapting, surviving coronavirus pandemic

Businesses adapting, surviving coronavirus pandemic

When Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all nonessential businesses to close by March 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic, pet groomer Telia Williams said she immediately felt a sense of loss and disconnection as the job she so loved doing was suddenly taken from her. “To be perfectly honest, I sat home and avoided everything because […]

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Glass City Metropark, International Park to be blended into one big downtown riverfront project

Glass City Metropark, International Park to be blended into one big downtown riverfront project

Several actions were approved on Earth Day by Metroparks Toledo board members to keep on track what the organization calls the single most ambitious project in the park district’s history. Perhaps none were more important than the formalization of a marriage between the future Glass City Metropark and International Park, the latter of which was […]

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Certain businesses faring well during pandemic

Certain businesses faring well during pandemic

Joe Sofo wasn’t sure what to expect from a business standpoint when the coronavirus pandemic hit hard over a month ago, but the results have been pleasantly surprising. Sofo Foods, which supplies ingredients to restaurants and fast food joints and operates a retail store on Monroe Street, is one of the local businesses faring well […]

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Coronavirus not slowing down most development projects

Coronavirus not slowing down most development projects

At least one major economic development project in northwest Ohio is at a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak, but for now, most developers and officials remain optimistic about the future. Construction workers are exempt from Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, but Cleveland-Cliffs announced last week that it is pausing work on a hot briquette […]

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Logistics park could bring 2,000 jobs to Wood County

Logistics park could bring 2,000 jobs to Wood County

A new logistics park estimated to cost as much as $150 million and with the potential to bring 2,000 jobs to Henry Township is one step closer to becoming reality. Wood County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a community reinvestment area for Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development. The firm, which specializes in helping companies build out […]

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Potential suitors eyeing Speedway

Potential suitors eyeing Speedway

Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Speedway gas-station division has drawn interest from potential buyers including the owner of convenience-store chain 7-Eleven as well as TDR Capital, people familiar with the matter said. Seven & i Holdings Co., the Japanese company that controls 7-Eleven, is working with advisers as it considers a takeover of Speedway, according to the […]

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GM bids to buy land for a new battery factory in Lordstown

GM bids to buy land for a new battery factory in Lordstown

General Motors wants to build a new battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio, right next door to its former car assembly plant that it shuttered and sold last year. The automaker said it has a purchase agreement to buy a 158-acre vacant site in Trumbull County, Ohio. It is land GM once owned, but surrendered during its 2009 bankruptcy. GM is also in discussions with Village […]

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ProMedica puts Coldwater Regional Hospital up for sale

ProMedica puts Coldwater Regional Hospital up for sale

ProMedica healthcare system said Tuesday that it has initiated steps to sell its Coldwater Regional Hospital in Coldwater, Mich., one of its 13 hospitals owned or managed by the Toledo-based not-for-profit entity. Located 100 miles northwest of Toledo, Coldwater Regional is an 87-bed acute care hospital that ProMedica has operated since February, 2016. The Toledo […]

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Women entrepreneurs and business owners on the rise in Ohio

Women entrepreneurs and business owners on the rise in Ohio

As a little girl, Stephanie Johnston dreamed about owning her own business, but after spending nearly 18 years in the corporate world, including nearly eight years at Owens-Illinois, it seemed as though her career track was becoming defined by Wall Street. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of my time at O-I. But […]

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Fortune 500 company coming to spec building near Toledo Express

Fortune 500 company coming to spec building near Toledo Express

Developer Ed Harmon, whose gamble on an industrial spec building at the old Willys Jeep plant site morphed into a bustling industrial park with three auto suppliers and 600 workers, has purchased a vacant spec building near Toledo Express Airport to be used by a Fortune 500 company that plans to hire between 50 and […]

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GM confirms its sale of shuttered Lordstown plant

GM confirms its sale of shuttered Lordstown plant

General Motors Co. confirmed Thursday it has sold its shuttered Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio to a start-up that has an ambitious plan to begin building electric pickup trucks by the end of 2020. Lordstown Motors Corp., which is 10 percent owned by Workhorse Group Inc., has retained Ohio investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & […]

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Oregon receives grant for infrastructure around industrial parks

Oregon receives grant for infrastructure around industrial parks

The U.S. Department of Commerce said Wednesday that the city of Oregon has been awarded a $2.7 million Economic Development Administration grant to be used for infrastructure in and around the city’s industrial parks that should help attract new businesses. The grant, to be matched with $679,179 in local funds, is expected to help generate […]

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Three years after layoffs, First Solar producing like never before

Three years after layoffs, First Solar producing like never before

Three years ago, the mood around the First Solar Inc. complex in Perrysburg Township was glum. The Tempe, Ariz.-based solar panel manufacturer announced the permanent layoff of about 450 employees as it phased out its older panels to make room for its new, larger Series 6 thin-film panels. The Series 6 went into production in mid-2018, and […]

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Economic development picking up steam in Wood County

Economic development picking up steam in Wood County

Wood County is home to some of the most unique geography and infrastructure in the region, and developers are noticing. Two of the longest highways in the country — I-80/​90 and I-75 — intersect in Rossford. CSX operates three lines in portions of the county, and Norfolk Southern runs another. Toledo Executive Airport in Millbury […]

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Officials promise change is coming for Fort Industry Square, Hotel SeaGate

Officials promise change is coming for Fort Industry Square, Hotel SeaGate

Each day at Balance Pan-Asian Grille’s downtown eatery customers who look out the restaurant’s west-facing windows can count on a dismal view of the corner of North Summit Street and Jefferson Avenue. Staring back at them is the half-demolished,19-story skeleton of the former Hotel Seagate, its street-level deconstruction hidden by a perimeter construction fence but […]

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11 Toledo area firms among Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing companies

11 Toledo area firms among Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing companies

Eleven companies in northwest Ohio have been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. The new list, which was released Wednesday, includes eight firms that are on the list for the first time, along with one Toledo firm that is making its appearance on the Inc. 5000 for the […]

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It’s official: Amazon is coming to Rossford

It’s official: Amazon is coming to Rossford

The tenant has finally been revealed for a major economic development project in Rossford, and it’s not a surprise. Amazon.com announced Monday morning that it is building a fulfillment center on 100 acres in The Crossroads, just east of I-75 and north of U.S. 20/23. A second center will be location in Akron. City and company […]

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GM says more investment, jobs, coming to Toledo Transmission plant

GM says more investment, jobs, coming to Toledo Transmission plant

General Motors’ plans to sell its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a company that builds electric trucks also include investing big bucks in several other Ohio cities, including Toledo. President Trump announced the deal with a company named Workhorse on Twitter on Wednesday morning. He also wrote that GM plans to spend $700 million at three locations […]

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Toledo Zoo buys land along Anthony Wayne Trail

Toledo Zoo buys land along Anthony Wayne Trail

The Toledo Zoo has purchased a portion of the once heavily contaminated former Jennison Wright property along the Anthony Wayne Trail. The 8.95-acre parcel, previously owned by Ron Gorney as trustee, is part of the larger South Toledo site where the company once processed coal to produce asphalt pavement sealer — the product known locally […]

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