We live in an era where it is more common to hear bad economic news, but Bettcher Industries Inc. provided a good dose of good news recently when it announced a major expansion to its Birmingham facility.
Larry Bettcher, president of the food processing equipment and tool manufacturing company, told a gathering last week the $4 million expansion was part of the company's commitment to the area.
"We're very excited about what this means for Bettcher Industries, and also what it means for everyone in our community," Bettcher said.
It means new jobs here with an employer that has a record of fairness to its employees and good corporate citizenship.
Bettcher Industries was founded in Cleveland in 1954 and moved to downtown Vermilion in 1958. In the early 1970a the company moved to its present location in Birmingham.
The company's headquarters might be a familiar sight to motorists who regularly use the Ohio Turnpike, but it's not a typical manufacturing facility. The expansion, which will include administrative offices and additional manufacturing space, nearly doubles the size of the facility and will build on the "Ohio barn" theme of the present building.
The 25 to 30 new jobs the expansion will create is a needed boost to a local economy battered for years by corporate downsizing and relocation to overseas facilities.
We're grateful for the commitment Bettcher Industries has shown to its workforce and to its community.