You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Springfield company may add 150 jobs, seek tax credits


Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. — a top 25 employer in Clark County — may be adding 150 jobs to its Springfield location.

Clark County Commissioner John Detrick said he doesn’t know the details of the project, but said it includes about 150 new jobs.

“It’s a major commitment to the Clark County community. I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

The company, located at 600 Benjamin Drive in the Prime Ohio Corporate Park, is seeking incentives from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. It is expected to appear before the state board on Monday morning, according to an agenda released Friday.

No further information was released by the Ohio Development Services Agency and a public records request from the Springfield News-Sun wasn’t fulfilled by Friday evening. An official announcement might be released Monday afternoon, if any project is approved, according to Stephanie Gostomski, public information officer at the Ohio Development Services Agency.

“We can’t give out any details on the project,” she said.

Representatives contacted at the Springfield Dole plant declined to comment and calls to the corporate headquarters in California weren’t returned. Officials from the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce declined to comment Friday on the project.

The city of Springfield will also provide some type of incentives, according to Mayor Warren Copeland.

“Whenever new jobs are brought to the community, there are usually incentives provided by the city and that’s the case here, too,” Copeland said.

Both the recent Speedway and Dole announcements are good momentum for the community.

“We need to keep at it,” Copeland said.

Dole has had about 800 hourly employees in recent years, according to earlier Springfield News-Sun reports.

Jobs at Dole include lettuce trimming, cutting, washing, drying, packaging and shipping. A separate quality assurance team performs maintenance and sanitation.

Its Springfield plant is about 175,000 square feet and valued at $9.1 million, according to the Clark County Auditor’s Office. The company purchased the site in 1997.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority is an independent board that reviews and approves applications for tax credit assistance.

Springfield is in a central location, Detrick said, and that contributed to the continued growth in the area. He also credited the efforts of the chamber of commerce for working with the company.

Lehan Peters, deputy director of OhioMeansJobs of Clark County, said she hasn’t been informed about a possible Dole expansion.

But with Speedway recently announcing plans to add 350 new jobs and more local manufacturing companies hiring, Peters said OhioMeansJobs and Clark State Community College are working together to establish a skilled workforce in the area.

“We are gearing up, ramping up for future expansion from any of the employers here in Clark County, as well as potential job growth or new jobs coming in,” she said.

Dole, one of the world’s largest producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, ranked 96th on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Largest Private Companies after generating about $4.25 billion in revenue in 2013.

The company, headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., does business in more than 90 countries and employs about 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees worldwide, according to its website.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Springfield native brings fashion show to Upper Valley Mall
Springfield native brings fashion show to Upper Valley Mall

The Upper Valley Mall will be the center of area fashion on Sunday, June 25. The second “Fashion. Forward. Fusion.” Fashion Show will gather designers from Springfield, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus to showcase their latest offerings, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the former MC Sports location. READ MORE: Goat yoga craze stretches into Clark County...
Snapchat introduces location-sharing with Snap Map
Snapchat introduces location-sharing with Snap Map

Snapchat is introducing a new way to locate your friends with the Snap Map.  The social media platform announced the news this week, revealing that the location-sharing feature will allow friends to find each other or anyone in the world using its map.  “We've built a whole new way to explore the world! See what's happening, find your...
Dayton Air Show announces paved parking for 2017 show
Dayton Air Show announces paved parking for 2017 show

Organizers for the Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger provided tips for parking. All parking this year is on paved lots after heavy rains Friday made the grassy fields too muddy. Spectators entering or leaving the show via Interstate 75 Northwoods Boulevard (Exit 64) or National Road will be directed to one of four air show parking lots by...
JOB ALERT: Kroger to hire for 800 open positions at all locations
JOB ALERT: Kroger to hire for 800 open positions at all locations

Cincinnati-headquartered Kroger is hiring for 800 open positions at all Kroger locations. The grocery retailer is looking for new employees during a hiring event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all Kroger stores. Positions are open in the following departments: deli, bakery, meat and seafood, Starbucks, grocery and ClickList. Interested applicants...
Goat yoga craze stretches into Clark County
Goat yoga craze stretches into Clark County

Clark County residents have a chance to take part in a new fitness craze, goat yoga, which combines traditional yoga with baby goats. The Smiling Prairie Goat Farm, 9697 Chenoweth Rd., South Charleston, is offering classes this summer. The next class will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The cost is $25 a person. Sisters Jeri LaVielle and Linda Leonhard...
More Stories