KILLBUCK, Ohio—Sperry & Rice L.L.C. is expanding its Holmes County, Ohio, operations to increase production. The move is expected to add 30 jobs during the next three years.
The manufacturer, which has been in the rubber, sponge and plastics businesses since the 1940s, termed the investment as "significant."
"We plan to make a significant investment to implement this strategic expansion," CEO Randy Dobbs said in a statement. "The investment includes the purchase of new manufacturing equipment, upgrades to existing equipment and costs associated with finding and retaining good employees."
The company, which also has a location in Brookville, Ind., said the project in Ohio will better utilize its Killbuck location.
A non-profit economic development organization, JobsOhio, is helping with a $200,000 grant to help purchase new equipment and upgrade existing equipment.
"The offer of assistance from JobsOhio played an important role in the final decision to grow the operation in Killbuck," Dobbs said.
Sperry & Rice plans to create 30 new jobs at the Killbuck facility during the next three years.
"In recent years, the community suffered a significant loss of jobs with the departure of a large employer, so we are pleased that Sperry & Rice will be adding a number of attractive employment positions," Director Mark Leininger of the Holmes County Economic Development Council said in a statement.
Sperry & Rice specializes in making products for the appliance, automotive, truck and bus, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning sectors.