COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the Ohio Business Profile program will feature businesses with products “Made in Ohio” throughout the month of August.
There are more than 16,000 companies in Ohio exporting goods around the globe, shipping to 215 different countries. Ohio businesses exported $50 billion in goods and services in 2015 alone, resulting in the creation of more than 250,000 jobs.
“Manufacturing has created a lot of prosperity in Ohio but in a globalized, automated economy, it is going to take innovation, investment and talent to win the future,” said Secretary Husted. “While these manufacturers are shipping goods across the globe, we need to keep these businesses in mind when we’re shopping right here at home because when you buy Ohio, you put Ohioans to work.”
Companies profiled this month include:
- Ultimate Sack (Hudson, Ohio) is a family-owned and operated manufacturer and online retailer of large, foam-filled bean bag chairs. They offer a variety of different products that are proudly assembled and distributed from Hudson, Ohio.
- KAM Manufacturing (Van Wert, Ohio) started more than 25 years ago in the family garage. With a staff of 35, the company now offers a full line of handbags, totes, accessories and other products, which they ship around the country from their headquarters in the Buckeye State.
- The J.M. Smucker Company (Orrville, Ohio) has been headquartered in Ohio since its founding in 1897. They employ over 7,300 people, 1,700 of whom work in Orrville, Cincinnati and Toledo producing the company’s brand name consumer foods, coffee and pet food.
- Kegg Pipe Organ Builders (Hartville, Ohio) manufactures custom pipe organs as well as offers restoration and repair services. The company has designed organs for a number of churches and other institutions as well as installing custom designs for private spaces.
- The Wooster Brush Company (Wooster, Ohio) was established in 1851, making it one of the oldest manufacturers of paint applicators in the United States. Employing more than 550 workers, the company has been on the forefront of innovation and design in the industry.
- Reel Grip (Wadsworth, Ohio) manufactures grips that can be added to your fishing equipment to increase accuracy and improve your ability to reel in your catch. Their line of original products is manufactured in Northeast Ohio.
- Good Nutrition (Cleveland, Ohio) manufactures health food products and works with their community to promote healthier living.
- Haas-Jordan (Holland, Ohio) has been doing business in Ohio since 1899, manufacturing customized rain gear products. In addition to using quality materials to create strong umbrellas, the company also offers a line of sunglasses and product customization options for groups and corporations.
- Hickory Farms (Toledo, Ohio) has been offering locally-made cheeses and sausages in Northwest Ohio for over 65 years. They are also heavily involved in their community having contributed over $4.7 million to Share Our Strength’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign. Their associates have also completed over 5,000 hours of community service in the region.
In January 2016, Secretary Husted announced that 2015 was Ohio’s sixth consecutive year of record business growth and Ohio set an all-time, one-month record in March 2016. Ohio has seen a 21.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses and a 24.4 percent drop in rejections from 2010 to 2015. This growth can largely be attributed to Secretary Husted’s efforts to provide better customer service to Ohio businesses by reducing the costs associated with registering a new business, ensuring faster processing time and launching online services at the Ohio Business Central.
In addition, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program in 2015. Ohio businesses now have easy access to free tools through Google when they apply to start a business online with the Secretary of State’s office and Ohio is now the least costly state in the region to start and maintain a new business. Learn more by reading Secretary Husted’s guest column in the Cincinnati Enquirer here.
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, where Ohioans are encouraged to submit companies they feel are deserving of recognition in future months.
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