Top stories of 2017: Topre, Silfex bring nearly 500 jobs to region


Here’s a look at one of our top stories of 2017.

Springfield’s manufacturing industry got a big boost earlier in the first part of the year when two major investments came to the area.

Japanese auto parts manufacturer Topre had already made headlines in December 2016 when they announced they would be making a $10 million investment in the city and creating 20 new jobs at the Champion City Business Park, but the deal improved in March when the company said they would be purchasing the park entirely and planned to build a $55 million plant which could potentially bring 85 new jobs to the area. The site was chosen after it underwent an extensive clean-up project. The plant broke ground in May.

» READ MORE: Construction starts on $55M plant for major new Springfield employer

In September, Silfex, an Eaton-based company specializing in silicon products for solar, optical and semiconductor equipment, purchased the former Thirty-One Gifts plant near the PrimeOhio Industrial Park for $11 million, a move which has the potential to bring up to 400 new jobs to the Springfield region. Silfex had considered a number of potential sites, but chose Springfield because it had everything the company was looking for, according to a company statement.

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