NEX Transport Expands Operations in Bellefontaine, Ohio; Invests More Than $1.4 Million

December 10, 2018

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Columbus, Ohio – NEX Transport Inc., a one-stop business solution that connects people and companies through diverse logistics modes, has announced plans to add a new facility in Bellefontaine, Ohio, investing more than $1.4 million and creating 200 new jobs. Hiring will begin in late Q4 after the completion of the new facility.

NEX Transport has experienced steady growth, with existing and new customers driving the need to increase capacity and support their customer base more effectively. The company will partner with Thomas & Marker Construction to build and lease a new warehouse in Bellefontaine. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2019.

“The Columbus Region has played a key role in our company’s ongoing success and growth,” said Hiroki Matsuoka, NEX Transport president. “With this expansion NEX Transport will continue to make strides in its strategy to transform into a world class logistics provider.”

Established as a joint venture between worldwide logistics and freight forwarding company Nippon Express and packaging specialist company Nittsu Shoji, NEX Transport was created with both specialties in mind. Initially, the company provided warehousing services to automotive customers but has since grown to include kitting, sequencing, and component deliveries.

“NEX Transport is a critical employer for Logan County, and we’re delighted the company plans to expand and add more jobs in the area,” said Bellefontaine Mayor Ben Stahler. “Bellefontaine offers NEX Transport a central and cost competitive location to help fuel its success.”

With greater access to the U.S. market than any other major metro, the Columbus Region is a strategic location for the movement of goods. More than 4,400 logistics establishments employing over 83,000 employees thrive on the Columbus Region’s ultra-modern interstate highway system, third-party logistics companies and multiple rail terminals. Bellefontaine is located in Logan County, which is home to an estimated 45,325 residents.

“Ohio’s strategic role in the global supply chain continues to grow with NEX Transport’s plans to expand its operations in the Columbus Region,” said Ted Griffith, JobsOhio managing director for logistics and distribution. “Ohio has the competitive advantages to support NEX’s success, and we are excited to see it grow in Bellefontaine, where it will add 200 new jobs.”


About NEX Transport Inc.
What began as a warehousing operation servicing primarily the local automotive industry in East Liberty, Ohio, NEX has grown to include kitting, sequencing, and component deliveries. NEX serves as a one-stop business solution that connects people and companies beyond national and regional boundaries, through diverse logistics modes, integrating land, air, and marine transport. It now efficiently handles over four million components monthly and ships to 13 countries. Learn more at

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. Consistently named among the best economic development organizations in the country, Columbus 2020 expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the Columbus 2020 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


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