"Thank you for leading the effort to make us feel very welcome," said John Mellowes, chairman and CEO of Charter Manufacturing Co.
Inc., the parent company of Charter Steel.Charter Steel executives, and officials from Wood County, Fostoria and Perry Township attended the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new steel bar, rod and wire processing facility at 6255 U.S. 23.
Chartering a new courseCharter Steel conducted a groundbreaking Wednesday at its new facility north of Fostoria
.Breaking ground are (from left) John Davoli, Fostoria mayor; Gene Stoudinger, Perry Township trustee; John Mellowes, Charter Steel CEO; Jeremy Gutierrez, Wood County Economic Development Commission; Judy Zimmerman, Lakota Schools superintendent; and James Carter, Wood County commissioner.
told FEDC members the building should begin to take shape in May, with completion set for sometime this October."This will be a very key plant because it will be so close (to customers)," he
said."It will be expanded in the years to come, I'm sure."Mellowes
appreciates all of the local cooperation he
received from local officials in making the move."This expansion was only possible with the help and cooperation of all the local community leaders," he
said."Representatives of Perry Township
, the Lakota School District
, the State Department
of Development, and many others all had a hand in bringing this project together."
looked at many locations in eastern Indiana and Western Ohio and the site near Risingsun was his
was concerned about water and sewer, but those will be provided by Fostoria
said nearly 70 percent of Charter's customers are within three hours of here."Most products our customers make end up in the auto industry," Mellowes