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Columbus, Ohio – Prime Equipment Group, a leading manufacturer of poultry processing equipment, has announced plans to open a new facility in Columbus, Ohio, investing more than $6 million and creating 20 new jobs. Hiring for machinist, engineer, administrative and supervisor positions will begin in the second half of 2018.
Prime Equipment, with 25 years of history in Columbus, is currently at capacity at its existing location and will move its Central Ohio manufacturing facility and offices to a new facility at 2001 Courtright Road in the City of Columbus to expand its physical footprint. The expansion will allow Prime Equipment to handle its growing business demands and improve the overall efficiency of its business processes. The company will invest $4.6 million for building costs, $1 million for machinery and equipment and $525,000 for IT, training and property relocation costs.
“Prime Equipment Group is a family-owned global business with deep roots in Columbus, and we really appreciate that we’ve been able to work with the City of Columbus and the State of Ohio in securing our new Columbus-based facility,” said Prime Equipment CEO Michael Gasbarro. “We can’t think of any place we’d rather be than in Columbus.”
Founded in 1993, Prime Equipment is a privately held company that was started and is still run by the Gasbarro family, which has been a market innovator in the business of building heavy-duty equipment for large-scale poultry processors in the United States and around the world.
“We’re proud that Prime Equipment has been a part of the Columbus community for decades, and we’re excited to see its growth,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “We look forward to our continued relationship and the company’s ongoing progress.”
The Columbus Region represents the future of new manufacturing. Alongside traditional industry giants, the next generation of visionary leaders is emerging with new goods for the modern consumer. Altogether, more than 1,700 manufacturers employ over 85,000 people.
“We are excited that Prime Equipment’s new facility will bring more efficient operations and 20 new jobs to the Columbus Region,” said JobsOhio Director for Food and Agribusiness Joe Needham. “Prime Equipment has been a partner in Columbus for decades, and we look forward to working closely with them as they continue to grow here.”
About Prime Equipment Group
Prime Equipment Group, Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio, USA, develops, manufactures, sells and supports the world’s most logical, durable and flexible poultry processing systems available on the market today. Its goal is to deliver what poultry processors worldwide have come to expect and deserve; simple equipment that increases yield, preserves product quality and optimizes labor efficiencies. Its team members also offer helpful engineering assistance, hands-on field support and a quality selection of spare and replacement parts for multiple industries in over 15 countries.
About Columbus 2020
As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. The Columbus 2020 team conducts business outreach, promotes the Columbus Region to market-leading companies around the world, conducts customized research to better understand the Columbus Region’s competitiveness, and works to leverage public, private and institutional partnerships. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.
About the City of Columbus, Ohio
The City of Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of 879,170 residents. The Columbus economy is balanced with a combination of education, technology, government, research, insurance and health care entities as major employers within the City. Columbus is gaining nationwide recognition for its booming downtown, historic neighborhoods, arts and sporting districts, open attitude and a noticeably affordable quality of life. Learn more about the City of Columbus at columbus.gov/development/Economic-Development.
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