National Manufacturer STAR Turbine Expands in the Columbus Region, Creating 19 New Jobs

October 12, 2022

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Columbus, Ohio (October 12, 2022) – STAR Turbine, a leader in high-precision manufacturing and field installation for high-capacity steam and gas turbines, announced plans to expand in the Columbus Region, investing more than $1 million in machinery and equipment and creating 19 full-time jobs. The company is hiring additional machine shop staff, installation crew engineers and back office support; hiring to begin before the end of 2022. STAR Turbine is the recipient of a fixed asset grant from JobsOhio to assist with this growth initiative. 

The company will expand its capacity by consolidating its two current facilities with approximately 40,000 additional square feet at the new facility at 370 W Fairground Street in Marion, Ohio. Its investment will help improve operational capacity and continue to address industry challenges such as aging fleet turbines, maintenance needs, energy loss due to worn packing and the increased cost of turbine parts. The expansion will increase its ability to prioritize in-house solutions to these issues like restoring design clearances to regain efficiency, producing customized OEM parts and increasing the number of on-site teams to execute jobs for its clients. 

Colleen Cordova, President and CEO of STAR, is very excited for the move: “Our new location will lead to increased productivity, which will lead to even more anticipated growth. Our STAR team has enthusiastically transformed the new Fairground Street building into a work place they can be proud of. This expansion will greatly benefit our STAR Team, the local Marion community and our stakeholders. I am delighted to be spearheading this new vision for STAR Turbine here in Marion” 

In addition to being an industry leader for manufacturing and installation of packing rings, STAR Turbine also manufactures and installs spill strips, springs and J-Strips. STAR is currently in the process of expanding their capabilities by becoming the exclusive North and South American distributor of combined cycle J-Strip and caulking wire. Acquired by Mangrove Equity Partners (MEP) in late 2020, MEP has been focused on expanding STAR capabilities in all aspects. 

“We proudly welcome STAR Turbine’s increased investment in our business ecosystem and local community,” said Gus Comstock, director at Marion Can Do. “The company’s continued presence cements our manufacturing capabilities while adding more high-paying engineering jobs to the local economy.” 

The Columbus Region represents the future of manufacturing. The Region boasts a diverse manufacturing operation that span industries from automotive and electronics to machinery, materials, aerospace and consumer goods. Some of the world’s largest brands manufacture products in the Columbus Region including Honda, Boeing, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Whirlpool and Abbott. The Region is home to over 1,700 manufacturing establishments with nearly 90,000 employees, resulting in more than $15 billion in annual economic output. 

“With Ohio talent, STAR Turbine has been a leading OEM supplier and installer of high-capacity steam and gas turbines,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “This consolidation of STAR Turbine’s Marion operations will meet growing demand and improve efficiencies while bringing 19 new jobs to the facility.” 


About STAR Turbine

STAR Turbine is a leader in high-precision manufacturing and field installation for high-capacity steam and gas turbines. Their intimate knowledge of turbines is the best in the industry, leading to a focus on customization to compensate for turbine distortion. With over 30 years in the industry, STAR Turbine is ready to tackle industry challenges by restoring critical design clearances to regain efficiency creating quality OEM parts, turbine customization to master distortion, and a dedicated in-house and on-site team to run the job for you. Learn more at 

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. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at Follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. 

About One Columbus

As the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, One Columbus’ mission is to lead a comprehensive regional growth strategy that develops and attracts the world’s most competitive companies, grows a highly adaptive workforce, prepares our communities for the future, and inspires corporate, academic and public innovation throughout the Columbus Region. One Columbus expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the One Columbus team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at 

One Columbus Media Contact

Amy Harman

STAR Turbine Media Contact

Lisa Fricke

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