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Secretary Husted Announces March Ohio Business Profiles

Monday, March 9, 2015

Secretary Husted Announces March Ohio Business Profiles
Featured companies highlight the impact of Ohio’s maple industry.

March is Maple Madness Month.

COLUMBUS – In recognition of the first annual Ohio Maple Syrup Month, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced that March’s Ohio Business Profile honors the state’s maple industry.

“One of my favorite Ohio exports is maple syrup,” Secretary Husted said. “When I see what these companies produce, it makes me ready to eat some pancakes!”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Richards Maple Products, Inc. – Chardon ­– Established in 1910, the Richards Family has been in business for 105 years. Thinking “out of the jug” has given birth to a year-round maple business that features maple candy and confections, maple caramel corn, maple barbeque sauce and maple salad dressings, in addition to pure maple syrup and other popular products.
  • Bissell Maple Farm – Rock Creek – Produces high-quality maple products including syrup, confections, and their signature product, Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. The family farm was founded in the 1800’s to protest cane sugar that was harvested with slave labor and create an alternative product.
  • Grossman Brothers Maple Products – Chardon – This third-generation family operation produces more than 1,800 gallons of pure maple syrup annually in Northeast Ohio. The farm combines modern technology with family tradition to create high grade maple syrup.
  • Goodell Family Farm – Mantua – Now a certified organic farm, seven generations have farmed the same land in Northeast Ohio. They produce both pure, organic maple syrup as well as organic milk. Their syrup is harvested from nearly 4,800 taps.
  • Dick’s Maple Farm – Montpelier – Produces award-winning maple syrup using all natural organic practices. Having been in business since 1965, the farm supplies maple products to local health food and craft stores. The farm is also active in supporting educational initiatives to teach the science and history of maple syrup production.
  • Warner’s Pure Maple Syrup & Loudon Crest Farms – Granville – In business since 1877, the farm and maple syrup production remain the family business. Their products are sold across Central Ohio where they also engage in a number of educational programs to help people learn about maple products.
  • Bonhomie Acres – Frederickstown – Produces maple syrup from trees that are 250 years old. The farm was home to William Brown, the only Ohioan to be inducted into The North American Maple Producers’ Hall of Fame.
  • Sticky Pete’s Pure Maple Syrup – Athens – Having derived their name from their faithful dog Pete, this farm produces syrup from a 2,000-tap maple sugaring operation in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Southeast Ohio. 
  • Krazigooze Maple Syrup – Auburn Township – Supplies maple products to local farmers’ markets, health food stores, and individuals. A family business, this farm derives its old fashioned techniques from previous generations of maple farmers.

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, where Ohioans are encouraged to go to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.

The Secretary of State’s office also releases a monthly report of new business filings in Ohio and recent data has shown that Ohio experienced another record year for the number of newly-registered businesses. In fact, over the course of the past five years, the number of new business filings has grown by 24 percent. One reason for the growth has been the launch of online services. In October 2013, Secretary Husted launched Ohio Business Central allowing businesses to file some of the most commonly used forms online and services continue to be expanded. Since January 2011, more than 340,000 filings have been submitted and half of all new companies are now started online in Ohio.

NOTE: New business filings are classified as forms filed with the Ohio Secretary of State that declare the formation of a business entity, including for-profit, non-profit and professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships. Filing as a business in Ohio does not guarantee the company will begin operations, be profitable or create jobs.



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