Under the tagline “Roads, Rail, Ready,” the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council has spent the last several years preparing a 476-acre parcel of land to become an Ohio Certified Job Ready Site that will allow companies to build factories on the property known as the West Central Ohio Industrial Center (WCOIC).
To do this, the council needed to perform all the necessary analytics and create an infrastructure that was conducive to industrial capacity.
One requirement that most companies have before they agree to build on a property is that the location is within 10 miles of an interstate highway. In the case of the WCOIC, County Road 25A borders the property, allowing for non-stop access to Interstate 75.
“The site is essentially on an interstate highway,” Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council Director Greg Myers said. “You can get to I-75 virtually within a half mile of the site, which is a very positive thing.”
Myers said Wapakoneta’s number one asset is its location.
“Where we are, there’s easy access to I-75,” he said. “This provides us with the ability to easily reach our markets in the Midwest and the South.”
Wapakoneta is positioned so that a one-day drive allows companies to reach 50 percent of the U.S. and Canadian populations, as well as 60 percent of manufacturing companies, Myers said.
From an automotive perspective, the fact that most auto plants are in the Midwest allows for business owners in Wapakoneta to easily reach these factories via I-75.
“I-75 is referred to as the ‘auto corridor of the U.S.,’” Myers said. “The Midwest is saturated with auto plants, and our location in West Central Ohio puts us at the heart of that.”
For the full story, see the Saturday, April 12 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.