Economic Development - News

GORMAN-RUPP CO. UNVEILS $52.2 MILLION EXPANSION PROJECT

Jeff Gorman, President and CEO, announced plans for expansion of their manufacturing space by 390,500 square feet. In addition, this second phase of a proposed three-phase project will also include a new 70,000 square foot customer and office center with a product display area, training facilities and the corporate and Mansfield division offices.

The Gorman-Rupp Co. designs, manufactures and sells pumps and related equipment for use in water, wastewater, construction, industrial, petroleum, agricultural, fire protection, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, military and other applications. 2008 is the 75 year anniversary for the company doing business in Mansfield, Ohio.

Mark Kreinbihl, Vice President and General Manager, stated the new facility will offer state-of-the-art technology for building and testing and will provide capabilities for type and size of products the market demands.

Construction is expected to begin this year and take 15 to 18 months. Upon completion of the Phase II expansion project, 280 employees from the company’s Bowman Street location will relocate to the Harrington-Memorial Road facilities.

Currently, Gorman-Rupp employs over 600 people in the Richland County area with a payroll of over $30 million.


GOOD NEWS – Energy Technologies, Inc

 Governor Ted Strickland recently traveled to Mansfield to visit Energy Technologies, Inc. (ETI). ETI recently received a $1 million Ohio Third Frontier Fuel Cell Program grant. Additionally Governor Strickland addressed his $1.57 billion economic stimulus plan which focuses on renewable power sources, workforce, infrastructure and emerging industries.

Energy Technologies, Inc. currently employs 69 people and is located on Park Avenue East. The company, in partnership with a Michigan company, will use the grant for development of a fuel cell generator for military applications. ETI, which also provides products for Department of Defense, telecommunications, industrial and medical applications, is to deliver a 1.5kW tactical fuel cell power plant prototype. The Fuel Cell plant includes the fuel cell module, replaceable and refillable hydrogen fuel canisters and power electronics.

Vice-President Tim Lowe presented a company overview of ETI to Governor Strickland including details on a power back up system used in the Patriot and Tomahawk systems that were developed and manufactured at ETI’s facilities. CEO Dan Madden and Operations Manager John Madden provided a detailed tour of ETI’s manufacturing process and discussed the next phase of the company’s planned expansion in Mansfield Ohio.


StarTek announces opening of new contact center in the City of Mansfield

StarTek, Inc., a leading provider of high value business process outsourcing services to the communications industry, announced that it has signed a lease for a new customer care center in Mansfield. The center is planned to be operational to serve an existing Fortune 100 telecom client in the second quarter of 2008. The Mansfield facility, located at 860 West Fourth Street, expects to employ over 500 people when fully staffed.

"The community of Mansfield, Ohio was chosen because of its exceptionally strong labor pool," said Larry Jones, president and CEO of StarTek. "We couldn’t be happier with our decision to locate our twentieth center in Ohio."


NEWMAN TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW R & D FACILITY

Newman Technology, owned by parent company Sankei Giken Kogyo, of Japan, manufactures exhaust systems for automotive and recreational vehicles, and produces stampings and welds assemblies to distribute parts directly to its customers.

The Mansfield division has begun construction of a new 39,000 sq. ft. research and development facility to test new model automotive and recreational vehicle parts and assemblies and is expected to create 10 jobs.

Currently, the company splits its research and development functions between Japan and Mansfield. This new project will bring all of it to Mansfield.

The Company received a $2.25 million Ohio Department of Development loan, specifically for Research and Development projects.