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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Secretary Husted Features Aquaculture Companies For March Ohio Business Profiles

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that as part of an ongoing effort to recognize the impact of Ohio businesses, March’s Ohio Business Profile will highlight businesses across our state that fall under the Aquaculture theme.

“Agriculture is one of the state’s largest and most diverse industries,” Secretary Husted said. “A growing part of that landscape, Aquaculture, provides job opportunities for hard working Ohioans and helps to further strengthen our economy.”

Aquaculture, which includes fish farming, is one of the fastest growing segments within the agricultural sector, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The products are used for food, stocking and environmental remediation, and fill a growing demand for safe, sustainable, and locally produced food.

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences reported that in 2010, 173 farms in Ohio had aquaculture permits, with the majority planning to maintain or expand their production over the next five years. More on this growing industry can be found by visiting the Ohio Aquaculture Association at www.ohioaquaculture.org.

Companies profiled this month include:    

  • Jones Fish Hatcheries and Distributors, Inc. – Newtown, Ohio – Started in 1989 stocking farm ponds throughout Ohio, they have had customers such as the Cincinnati Zoo, Central Park in New York City and the White River in Indiana.
  • Freshwater Farms of Ohio, Inc. Urbana, Ohio – Owned and operated by three generations of the Smith family, they are the state’s largest indoor fish hatchery, raising up to 100,000 pounds of fish per year.
  • Calala’s Water Haven Inc. New London, Ohio – A family-owned farm with over 50 years of experience, they have 60 ponds covering 90 acres in northeast Ohio.
  • RainFresh Harvests Union, Ohio – Since 2004 they have grown wholesome foods in an ecologically sustainable system, blending nature with technology.
  • Ripple Rock Fish Farms, LLC Frazeyburg, Ohio – In 2011 their company began with just two 55 gallon drums filled with 12 goldfish. They have since grown into a 3,000 gallon system that has produced more than 2,500 pounds of tilapia.

 

Launched in June 2011, Ohio Business Profile has helped raise awareness about companies registered and doing business in Ohio that are creating interesting products, offering outstanding service, contributing to their local communities and employing Ohioans in the process. Each month, a handful of diverse businesses linked together by a common theme are featured on the Secretary of State’s website at OhioBusinessProfile.com, where Ohioans are encouraged to go to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

Secretary Husted’s office also releases a monthly report of new business filings in Ohio. Last year’s data showed that 2013 was a record year for new business filings in Ohio.

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For more information, please contact Matt McClellan at (614) 995-2239.

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