For two years running, Findlay has grabbed the top spot among micropolitan communities in the entire U.S. for new and expanding facilities.
The 2015 accolades were awarded in March by Site Selection magazine, the official publication of the Global FDI Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council. The magazine ranked 575 of the nation’s micropolitan areas – cities with populations between 10,000 to 50,000 people – which cover at least one county. Since 2000, only four small towns in America have ranked in the top 10 at least 10 times. Findlay is one of them.
The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development Office submitted 26 projects that met Site Selection’s qualifying criteria. Among those that qualified were the One Energy LLC wind turbine project, representing a $20 million investment, Hamlet Protein’s plant expansion, a $13 million investment, Freudenberg NOK’s expansion, a $4 million investment., Plumbline Consulting’s IT staff expansion resulting in 20 new jobs, Mid-Ohio Development’s construction of a 71,400 square foot facility and Findlay Warehousing expanding their facility by 79,920 square feet.
“Our Economic Development team has worked hard to gain momentum in the community, and enhance its focus throughout the region,” said John Haywood, The Findlay-Hancock County Alliance President and CEO. “Thanks to the synergies created with other state and local entities, community partners continue to make Findlay and Hancock County a great place to live, work and play.”