Findlay Rated #1 Micropolitan Community in the Nation!
Findlay-Hancock County has been ranked the top micropolitan community in the U.S. for new and expanding facilities for 2014 by Site Selection magazine. All 576 micropolitan areas across the nation were ranked, each with a population of 10,000 – 50,000 people. As a state, Ohio performed well, claiming 4 of the top 6 micro areas and 20 of the top 100. Findlay earned the top spot with its 20 corporate facility investment deals, landing more than $250 million in facility investment deals from large and small employers alike. Findlay was rated #2 in 2013 and #3 in 2012.
Here are some examples of investments made last year in Findlay.
- McLane Co. announced a $119 million new automated grocery distribution center
- Marathon Petroleum Corp. announced a $22 million Logistics expansion (will be > $80 million when completed)
- Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. announced a $12.75 million Global Technical Center (will be > $40 million)
- Rowmark LLC completed an $11 million expansion
With all these deals, it’s clear that Findlay’s companies are expanding. In fact, Findlay saw an increase of 1,000 employees in the past year, dropping unemployment to 3.3%. Locals are likely to agree with Duane E. Jebbett, president of Rowmark LLC who says, “Findlay-Hancock County is a great place to live and work. We have many progressive business big and small. We are growth-oriented, progressive, and a positive community. The Midwest culture is highly ethical and hard-working, and community is important to us.” To support his claims, Findlay was voted the best place for young people to grow up… for 3 years in a row.
Findlay is also improving its infrastructure, building new roads, new railways, and completely rebuilding 4 intersections, all of which make Findlay even more attractive to companies. Director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Anthony Iriti was cited as saying, “We place a lot of emphasis on retention and expansion of our existing industry base. That has always been our number one priority. By knowing our local base and knowing what programs are available from the state, we can help our local companies expand. Our second priority is the attraction of new business.” Iriti adds, “Winning the Top Micropolitan award epitomizes what we have known all along. We have a world-class community with world-class employers. This legitimizes what we have been saying.”
Related Article: Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development
During the War of 1812, Colonel James Findlay built a road and a stockade to transport and shelter troops in the Great Black Swamp region. This stockade was named Fort Findlay in his honor, and after the war, the community of Findlay was born.
Citizens National Bank is proud to be a part of this community… serving Findlay for over 10 years!