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Updated: Mar 31

March 29, 2021 – Ardagh Group, a global leader in infinitely recyclable metal and glass packaging solutions, has purchased a facility in Huron, Ohio, that it is converting into a manufacturing plant producing infinitely recyclable beverage cans and ends. The facility will begin production in late-2021 and provide more than 200 local jobs.

The facility will produce beverage cans in multiple sizes for a variety of categories, including sparkling water, soft drinks, teas and alcoholic beverages. "This project forms part of Ardagh's Group’s global $2.1 billion 2021-2024 business growth investment program and is being undertaken to meet fast-growing demand as consumers increasingly recognize the environmental and quality advantages of beverage cans,” said Claude Marbach, CEO, Ardagh Metal – Beverage North America. “Our products deliver high recycle and content rates, which support customer sustainability targets and contribute to a circular economy. This latest expansion is indicative of Ardagh's consistent commitment to supporting customer growth."

The city of Huron, Erie County Economic Development Corporation, Ohio Development Services Agency, JobsOhio and Team NEO collaborated with Ardagh in support of the project. This economic development team provided a variety of resources and insights to help bring the project to Northeast Ohio versus other locations in the Mid- and Southwest that were under consideration.


“We are thrilled with Ardagh’s decision to invest and set down roots in Huron. They have proven to be a tremendously successful company that is growing rapidly,” said Matt Lasko, city manager for the city of Huron. “There has been renewed interest, from a development perspective, occurring in the region for the last few years, and Ardagh’s decision to locate here is a prime example of that. We look forward to the partnership moving forward.”


Abbey Bemis, Executive Director for the Erie County Economic Development Corporation also commented on the project, “Ardagh’s commitment demonstrates confidence in the trajectory of Erie County’s $1.6 B manufacturing economy and our region’s resources and people. We are looking forward to the role Huron will play in Ardagh’s continued success.”


Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler added, “Like so many advanced manufacturing companies, Ardagh recognizes that Northeast Ohio offers a host of advantages and resources — including our talented workforce. Team NEO, our local partners and JobsOhio welcome them to our region and look forward to helping them build success here.”

About Ardagh

Ardagh Group is a global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass packaging for the world's leading brands. Ardagh operates 56 metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries, employing more than 16,000 people with sales of $7 billion.


About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18 counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy – one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient and prosperous. For more information, visit teamneo.org.


About JobsOhio JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.

ECEDC joins forces with local partners to fulfill anonymous donors' vision of supporting businesses and families in need this holiday season

Just a few days ago, generous community members shared their wish - Is there some way to support the small businesses that are suffering during this pandemic economy while also helping the families that are going hungry for the same reason? The donors pledged $10,000 to the Erie County Community Foundation to make this vision come to light.

Enlisting the expertise of Erie County Economic Development Corporation and OHgo, the Community Foundation has set up a system through which fresh meals are purchased from locally owned restaurants and distributed to children and families in need through OHgo’s mobile food pantry.

“With the help of partners like ECEDC and OHgo, we’ve been able to quickly develop a program that maximizes impact, reaching small business owners and families, and is easily replicable, as our neighbors will continue to need support as the effects of the pandemic settle in”, said Beth Maiden, Executive Director of the Erie County Community Foundation.

In total, 1,000 fresh meals will be distributed with this donation. Local restaurant owners eagerly answered the call to participate, turning around large orders with just days’ notice. Participating restaurants include: Better Half Diner, Cameo Pizza, Iron Pony, Mr. Smith’s, Penn Station, Sandusky Bay Pancake House, Sweet Potato Catering, The Fresh Pot, Tony’s, Vita Sandusky, Vermilion Country Club, and Zuppaman.

Meals from these restaurants will be distributed to families in need during socially-distant OHgo mobile food pantry events at: 2pm on December 21 at Battery Park, 2pm on December 21 at Harborview, and 4:30pm on December 23 at Battery Park.

“It’s an honor to coordinate a community-wide effort of this scale, especially at this important time of year. This will bring a nice boost to our local restaurants to close the year, and some extra comfort and security to hungry families for the holidays”, said Abbey Bemis, Executive Director of Erie County Economic Development Corporation.

Erie County Community Foundation, ECEDC, and OHgo would like to thank these generous donors for their contribution which ignited this innovative program, and remind everyone that the effects of the pandemic on Erie County’s businesses and families will continue long past the holiday season. A program like this, that leverages the strengths of several collaborating non-profits, enables maximum impact from any contribution.


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Updated: Dec 30, 2020

In a year of many unknowns, it is reassuring to have traditions and celebrations to rely on.

At ECEDC, we were happy to celebrate with our 4th annual "12 Days of Development."

See the stories below that reflect on this unique year in economic development.


  1. Court 1 Tennis

  2. Stride Mobility

  3. 2509 Hayes Avenue Redevelopment

  4. Erie & Anchor

  5. Firelands Sandusky Healthcare Center

  6. Jackson Street Pier

  7. Sandusky Packaging

  8. LEWCO Inc.

  9. Waterstreet Financial & Firelands Federal Credit Union

  10. River + Road Marketplace

  11. AkzoNobel

  12. Days in Development ft. ECEDC

  13. BONUS: Where are they now?

Thanks to everyone featured here and all the contributors we couldn't include. Be sure to let us know what you're working on for 2021.



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