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Safe-Grain Helps Feed World From New Location

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The need for more space and the desire for easier highway access led Safe-Grain Inc. to make the move from Waynesfield to Wapakoneta earlier this year.

Safe-Grain, which manufactures aeration, temperature detection and dust control systems to the grain and feed industry, was founded in 1954 by Fred Yoder of Dayton. In 1975, Yoder established a service and manufacturing branch in Waynesfield.

Site Selection Magazine Ohio: Trade Winds

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During his year of coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NFL Super Bowl Championship in 2003, Jon Gruden said, “We don’t feel pressure. We apply it.”

It’s appropriate that Gruden is a graduate of the University of Dayton, because his quote serves as an apt metaphor for Ohio.

By any objective measure of economic development performance, Ohio is killing it.

In 2013, Ohio finished second in both Site Selection Governor’s Cup rankings — one for most new and expanded corporate facility projects, and one for most projects per capita.

Wapakoneta Welcomes New Company

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A manufacturing company with Wapakoneta roots has moved back into the community and received a warm welcome from neighboring businesses Friday morning.

Business leaders from TSC, AIP Logistics, Apex and the Wapakoneta Daily News, all located on Industrial Drive, visited the new location for Rock Line Products, Inc., manufacturer of the Air-tow trailer. The location was previously owned by Sun Industrial Chemical, Inc.

WLIO on Wapakoneta Job Ready Site

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"Roads, Rail, Ready." That's the phrase being used by the Economic Development Office to sell the job ready site in Auglaize County. The 476 acre parcel of land is located just south of Wapakoneta, on County Road 25A.

The location of the site is the biggest selling point, as it is within ten miles of the interstate. It is also a one day drive to 50 percent of the US population, and 60 percent of manufacturing companies.

City Recognized as Top Public Power Provider

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The City of Wapakoneta was recently recognized by a national organization for its reliable electric operations.

The American Public Power Association, based in Washington, D.C., awarded the city its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation on April 7. According to a news release, the designation is given to communities for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric services.

Wapak native returns to help community grow

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There’s a new face at the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council.

Jessica Braun, a Wapakoneta native, took over as assistant director March 17.

Braun attended The Ohio State University after high school and spent one and a half years after graduation woking on an AmeriCorps project.

AmeriCorps is an organization whose members conduct intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Baker to Leave Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council

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Seth Baker, Assistant Director of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council, has announced his departure from the regional economic development agency.  Baker has been selected to serve as the new Executive Secretary for the Van Wert County Foundation.  The Foundation administers trusts, grants, and bequests for the benefit of county residents.  It also oversees the Wassenberg Art Center and provides support for the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.  Baker joined the WAEDC staff in May 2013.

Another $500,000 Improvement to the West Central Ohio Industrial Center

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Work is underway on a new loop road project connecting Short Road and Commerce Drive in the West Central Ohio Industrial Center.  The project creates even better access and mobility in the industrial park at I-75 and US33.  The project also provides right of way allowing existing CSX rail service to be extended throughout the site's entire 760 acres.  This is another great example of local and state dollars working together to improve Ohio's largest certified man

Wapakoneta Recognized as an Ohio "Best Hometown"

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WAPAKONETA — There will be plenty of talk about Wapakoneta during the next year. Rightly so, community leaders said. A statewide publication has picked the city as one of five “best hometowns” in the state.

Civic leaders learned of the award, presented by Ohio Magazine, last week. Plans are being formulated to celebrate the recognition.

“This is a fantastic honor. It’s wonderful they have picked us,” Mayor Rodney Metz said. “It truly shows we are working together. We’re a united community. We have common goals and things are coming together.”

Future Arrives for Wapakoneta City Schools

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WAPAKONETA — Fittingly a child’s voice narrates two videos showed during Saturday’s dedications of Wapakoneta schools’ two new elementary school buildings.

One video showed the story of groundbreakings held two years ago; the “story of a new future.” The other showed that the future had arrived, with photos of completed buildings and smiling children.

“Before you, you see our future,” school board member Ron Mertz said during the Wapakoneta Elementary School dedication. “This is for our children, who are our future.”