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Secretary Husted Announces July as Made in Ohio Month

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 July.  

Ohio’s manufacturing industry exports to over 200 countries and territories around the world. This makes the Buckeye State the eighth largest exporter of manufactured goods in the country.  

“Manufacturing is alive and well in Ohio,” Secretary Husted said. “There are more than 12,000 manufacturing operations in Ohio that make up more than 12 percent of Ohio’s workforce.”

Companies profiled this month include:

  • Gasdorf Tool and Machine Company (Lima, Ohio) has been recognized as a pacesetter in the production of precision machinery. They specialize in various types of equipment ranging from simple fabrication to complete assembly machines.
  • Gilkey Window Company (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a family-owned business that specializes in the installation of vinyl and fiberglass windows.
  • Jergens, Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio) is an automotive and aerospace company. Their products include fasteners, electric precision screwdrivers and industrial supplies.
  • Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a fully integrated life science company. They process a wide range of items including innovative diagnostic test kits, rare reagents and biologicals.
  • William Sopko and Sons Co. Inc. (Euclid, Ohio) is a precision grinding and machining business that specializes in repairing and rebuilding spindles of all types.

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.

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