This August 2013 file photo shows a visit by Congressman Bob Latta and local officials to the construction of the rail spur connecting the Van Wert Super Site to existing rail. Site consultants were presented with information and a discussion on the Van Wert Super Site Tuesday as part of the Regional Growth Partnership’s Familiarization Tour. (DHI File Photo)
This August 2013 file photo shows a visit by Congressman Bob Latta and local officials to the construction of the rail spur connecting the Van Wert Super Site to existing rail. Site consultants were presented with information and a discussion on the Van Wert Super Site Tuesday as part of the Regional Growth Partnership’s Familiarization Tour. (DHI File Photo)

VAN WERT — The 1,600-acre Van Wert Super Site was the subject of a presentation and discussion with site consultants at a pre-dinner reception for the Regional Growth Partnership’s (RGP) Familiarization Tour. The event gathered prominent site consultants to promote the Toledo/Northwest Ohio region as a top location for business investment.

“Site consultants are key targets because they are often engaged by companies looking to expand operations,” said Dean Monske, president and CEO of the RGP. “It is critical that the RGP identify and build relationships with these decision makers.”

The RGP branded and marketed the event as an opportunity to gather the critical information consultants deem important, and have it presented by the people they want to hear from – the private sector. During the visit, consultants heard from executives at some of the region’s largest companies explain why they chose to invest in Northwest Ohio.

A similar event was held last year in which a helicopter tour actually flew over the Super Site on the city’s northeast side. This year, Van Wert was not included in the air tour since it had been included in 2013.



The consultants came to the region from all across the country, representing such cities as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Charlotte and Phoenix. During the visit, they heard from executives at some of the region’s largest companies explain why they chose to invest and do business in Northwest Ohio. Presentations were made by Owens Corning, Dana, O-I, Sauder Woodworking, and Marathon Petroleum.

Another session focused on the region’s acclaimed work ethic, with testimonials presented by executives at companies across Northwest Ohio, including North Star BlueScope Steel, Pro-Tec Coating and Hylant Group. In addition, representatives from JobsOhio discussed the state of Ohio’s unique approach to economic development. JobsOhio is a private entity designed to communicate and work better with businesses, primarily by acting as a business itself. The RGP serves as northwest Ohio’s network partner for JobsOhio.

“This was a great opportunity for Northwest Ohio to make a strong, face-to-face sales pitch to key decision makers who took the time to visit our backyard,” said Gary Thompson, vice president of the RGP and director of the JobsOhio Northwest Ohio Region. “The idea that this region was able to attract 10 of the top national site consultants for several days is pretty impressive.”

The Van Wert Super Site is expected to be certified as being “shovel-ready” by the state later this year.