Above is a rendering of the new Van Wert Health North facility which will be built at Towne Center. Construction began in late summer of 2017. (DHI Media file photo)
Above is a rendering of the new Van Wert Health North facility which will be built at Towne Center. Construction began in late summer of 2017. (DHI Media file photo)

VAN WERT – In 2017, Van Wert business was booming. Several projects were announced and many businesses held grand openings and ribbon cuttings.

Among projects announced, the Van Wert County Hospital announced in May that they would be constructing a sizable outpatient and ambulatory center on the north side of town.

Construction began in August on Van Wert Health North. The nearly 19,000-square-foot facility, when complete, will give patients access to a walk-in clinic, family medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational health, a specialist clinic, laboratory, and imaging services, which will include open MRI, CT scan and X-ray capabilities.

The project is well on its way and is expected to be open by the summer of 2018.

In September, Van Wert saw the expansion of the PLC Health Clinic. As a health clinic, the PLC is now able to provide STD testing, a limited obstetric ultra sound, and more. The expansion featured two exam rooms, a lab, and a nurses area.

Many ribbon cuttings were held for new businesses and programs. In April, 133 Bistro brought citizens a new restaurant in the old Balyeats locations. Pet Valu brought pet lovers a place to shop in July. In August, Humble Bumble held a ribbon cutting to celebrate their expansion. In October, Chief Supermarket was welcomed into the community. In November, Curvy Closet came to Van Wert. Vantage celebrated their new CDL program with a ribbon cutting in December.

Other areas of economic growth included: a new facility and dental center for Family Health Care of NW Ohio, a new facility for the Salvation Army, The Harvest House – a new business, a new facility for Goodwill, a new assisted living center for Van Wert Manor, a new expansion for the Van Wert Historical Society, new ownership for Laudick’s Jewelry, and a children’s bus shelter at the former Washington School site.

On top of all that, in December The Marsh Foundation announced the purchase of a building at 102 W. Main St. The not-for-profit plans to turn the building into the agency’s new Foster Care and Adoption Center.

Also in December, a new manufacturing company was announced. MEK Group announced plans to hire 20 to 25 employees and to acquire 12 Hydromat transfer machines. The business will move into a building on Industrial Drive.

After much growth in 2017, Van Wert looks to continue the business growth with future businesses like High Five Brewing Company coming 2018.