Three Holmes County businesses to expand

By Beverly Keller
The Budget

New jobs are being created in Holmes County.

That’s the message imparted by Holmes County Economic Development Director Mark Leininger during a recent visit to the floor of Holmes County Commissioners.

There are three current expansions going on in Holmes County with a fourth waiting in the wings. Under construction right now is a 48,000-square-foot building at Troyer Cheese. The capital investment alone is $1 million for the building itself. Another $300,000 will be spent for shelving and equipment in the facility. Leininger explained the facility will create six new positions.

The second project is in Walnut Creek. Coblentz Chocolates is working to erect a 24,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility. The cost of the project is estimated at $1.8 million. When completed the project will add nine full-time jobs.

A third project is going to take place in Killbuck. A 48,000-square-foot distribution facility is in the works for Crow Works, a furniture manufacturer. “The free-standing distribution facility will complement their manufacturing facility,” Leininger explained. “That’s an estimated $2.5 million capital improvement that will create 15 new full-time positions.”

He noted that a fourth project is also on the horizon once work has been completed concerning Enterprise Zone Agreements. The paperwork must be approved by entities such as school districts and township governments to allow tax incentives for expansion and job growth.

Canal Dover Furniture near Mt. Hope is looking to expand. “They are in a 55,000-square-foot facility where they manufacture hardwood furniture,” Leininger explained of a conversation with Dan Mast of Canal Dover.

“They are proposing a 48,000-square-foot facility that will be used for manufacturing as well as distributing,” Leininger explained. “It will be about a $1.4 million project. They anticipate it will create three new jobs in the manufacturing facility and another three in the shipping.”

This story originally appeared in the September 5, 2018 edition of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.