Fulton County Workforce Could See Boosts From Growth

The county could be in line for up to 105 jobs if two companies decide to locate along the Indiana and Ohio short line railroad.

That’s the word from Fulton County Economic Development Corporation Director Matt Gilroy who provided an update to the Board of County Commissioners Dec. 22. The possible jobs are among other bright signs for the county workforce.

The prospective jobs would also mean a $30 million in new investment, Gilroy said.

In other news:
Pride Gage opened its facility in Metamora in November after renovating it. This was the first project the FCEDC worked on in 2015.

Jobs-Ohio is working on a retention project that could add 20 new workers to local manufacturing company.

The FCEDC annual meeting is planned for April 27. The drug issue in the county will be the topic.

Industrial parks in Archbold and Wauseon will gain state certification. Wauseon’s park is ranked among the top 20 in the state.

The Boomerang Project is continuing. The goal is to bring college graduates who grew up in the county back to work here. An intern is finding them on social media and will be contacting them over her winter break from college.

The jobs picture for high school graduates is changing as many teens are opting to enter the workforce out of school. With plenty of jobs, some students are finding a good living, Gilroy said.

This is far different than it was 15-20 years ago when counselors pushed everyone toward college.

“It created a supply and demand issue,” Gilroy said.

James Pruitt may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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