Although 2009 presented difficult challenges for our area businesses, it also gave way to new opportunities.
The focus of many companies over the past year has been investigating new markets, diversifying their client base and supplier networks, and learning how to produce more with less. Industry leaders worked hard to find a way to not only survive, but to thrive.
Ingenuity and versatility have been the keys to their sustainability and success. One of the most inventive projects in the state, and arguably the nation over the past year was located right here in Huron County. The 'Norwalk Rail Spur Project' was awarded $220,000 from the Ohio Department of Development's competitive Industrial Site Improvement Fund program in 2009. The funding allowed New Horizons Baking Company to have one of their largest commodities, flour, delivered in via rail directly to their plant through a unique vacuum and blower system.
New Horizons Baking Company has also started a new $3.7 million renovation project that will upgrade one of their baking lines. The company is utilizing local builders and contractors to complete the project. This is a huge win for the area and it says a great deal about the community and New Horizons' continued commitment to and reinvestment in the Norwalk area.