COLUMBUS– Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the Ohio Business Profile program will feature businesses that help power Ohio throughout the month of April.
Ohioans daily rely on many different power sources including, coal, natural gas, nuclear power, petroleum and renewable energy. The state’s natural gas and crude oil industry provides over 193,000 direct and indirect jobs each year and is responsible for more than $700 million a year in Ohio salaries.
“How we power Ohio is important to all of our lives,” Secretary Husted said. “From the car we drive, to the home we heat and the business we work at, a reliable supply of energy is important to every aspect of our lives.”
Companies profiled this month include:
- Marathon Petroleum Corporation (Findlay, Ohio) is the nation's third-largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of approximately 1.8 million barrels per day. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through approximately 5,500 independently owned retail outlets across 19 states.
- The Dayton Power and Light Company (Dayton, Ohio) is an electric utility that serves 515,000 customers with a service territory spanning 6,000 square miles in 24 counties across west central Ohio.
- Suburban Natural Gas Company (Lewis Center, Ohio) serves residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in central and northwest Ohio.
- Creekwood Energy (Cincinnati, Ohio) focuses on advancing their client’s transition to a clean energy economy. They believe energy customers should be able to reduce environmental impacts while improving financial results.
- Duck Creek Energy, Inc. (Brecksville, Ohio) started in 1983 and has successfully drilled over 150 wells throughout northeast Ohio. They are committed to finding and developing local natural gas and oil to help reduce Ohio and America’s dependence on foreign energy.
- Powers Oil and Propane Company (Alliance, Ohio) is an independent fuel and propane company specializing in the delivery of heating oil, propane, gasoline, racing fuels, lubricants and diesel fuels.
- IGS Energy (Dublin, Ohio) is a leading provider of retail energy supply, home services products, distributed generation, and compressed natural gas services. With over 25 years of experience, the company leverages extensive in-house expertise to bring innovation to the energy industry.
- Prism Propane (North Baltimore, Ohio) offers environmentally clean propane gas services including commercial heating, forklift cylinders and autogas fueling.
- Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (North Baltimore, Ohio) is an electric distribution cooperative that services Hancock and Wood counties. Their goal is to provide quality services and economically-priced electricity.
- Ohio Gas Company (Bryan, Ohio) is a natural gas service that started in 1914 and currently employees 80 people. They provide gas service to approximately 48,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in northwest Ohio.
- ARP Solar (Stewart, Ohio) started in 2008 and is committed to providing high quality solar systems that will give years of trouble free, clean power and lessen the dependence on foreign sources of energy.
From 2010 to 2016, Ohio saw a 30.8 percent increase in the number of newly-registered businesses with 2016 being the seventh-consecutive record-breaking year for new businesses in the state.
Since taking office in 2011, Secretary Husted has made it a priority to offer better services to Ohio entrepreneurs and businesses at a lower cost. In 2013, he launched the Ohio Business Central, which allows businesses to be created online with a significantly quicker turnaround time. This efficiency allowed the state to cut the fees associated with starting a new business by 21 percent in 2015. That same year, Secretary Husted began a partnership with Google’s “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map” program making it easy for new businesses to access free tools to help them get off the ground.
Ohio Business Profile was launched in 2011 making people aware of Ohio companies 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.