OLD FORT, Ohio — Church & Dwight Co., Inc., has announced that it will invest $38 million at its facility in the village of Old Fort, Ohio, for expansion of consumer products manufacturing and construction of a new warehouse.
Final approval for the project is contingent upon the receipt of state and local incentives; if approved, construction is expected to be completed in 2020, and the company would be hiring up to 60 new employees.
Plant Manager David Johnston said: “I’m very pleased that Church & Dwight chose the Old Fort facility as the site of this expansion and continues to invest in our workers and our community. Old Fort was in consideration with plants in Missouri and Pennsylvania. The state and local incentives along with an available workforce helped to push us ahead. Thank you to everyone who helped us win the investment in Seneca County.”
The $4.3 billion consumer goods and specialty products giant established their Old Fort facility in 1980. Today, Church & Dwight employs 240 people locally at its plant in Old Fort and a warehouse distribution center in Fostoria, Ohio, and ranks as one of the largest sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) manufacturing plants in the world. In 2016, Church & Dwight had a $2.5 million expansion of the Old Fort plant.
“That Church & Dwight chose Seneca County for this expansion just goes to show what a dedicated workforce we have here in our community,” said Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas. “Congratulations to David Johnston and everyone at the Old Fort plant for their hard work and continuing to be a great local partner.”
Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) and Regional Growth Partnership in Northwest Ohio (RGP) worked with consultant MarksNelson to bring this project to Ohio.
Local incentives include an Enterprise Zone property tax exemption on new construction and OhioMeansJobs-Seneca County is offering up to $380,000 in potential workforce development grants.
These incentives are contingent upon approval of Old Fort Local School District, Pleasant Township Trustees and Seneca County Board of Commissioners.
At the state level, JobsOhio offered an estimated $530,000 in state incentives through RGP, including a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant, JobsOhio Workforce Grant and additional value in an Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit received during a previous project.
Additionally, the Ohio Rail Development Commission has committed $75,000 in grant funds to revamp rail infrastructure currently in Church and Dwight’s yard to allow access to additional unloading areas.
Dean Monske, President and CEO of RGP, commented: “We are proud to see this project take place in Northwest Ohio and are happy to have been on the team helping to make this happen.”