“We’re continuing to grow,” Owens said.
Other local success stories, Coplon said, include more auto-related companies such as Honda, Gecom and Valeo, which announced last year that it was investing $15.5 million in the local campus and add more than 200 jobs — but also food processing company KB Specialty Foods, which is part of Kroger Co.
Owens commended Coplon, Herbert and members of the Greensburg City Council for their outreach to local businesses, which, he said, marks a change from previous strategies. Owens said that local officials used to focus primarily on attracting new companies to Greensburg, but in recent years also have paid close attention to how they can assist existing employers.
Coplon said that the success of the larger automotive suppliers also has prompted the creation of or growth at secondary and tertiary suppliers, including local tool & die shops.
To accommodate further growth in the county, Coplon said, local officials are working to create a 500-acre industrial park on the north side of the Honda interchange. He said he hopes to have the park certified by the end of this year. The current owners of the land will retain ownership, Coplon said, but through an agreement, economic development officials will serve as the sole point of contact for any land sales.
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