Ninety percent of the Kenworth Class-8 global truck volume is built in Chillicothe, Ohio!
On April 24, 2019, the community celebrated the groundbreaking for a new paint facility that will improve efficiency and preserve the quality of The World’s Best Truck. The project represents $140 million in capital investment and will bring 100 new, great paying jobs to Ross County upon its completion in 2021. The Kenworth Chillicothe plant, which opened in 1974, currently employs more than 2300 people. In addition to the new paint facility, a $30 million robotic cab assembly system will be installed this summer.
Fiscal Impact Analysis can be a valuable tool to understand the costs and benefits of development. But FIA can be a complex process that is difficult for policy makers and citizens to comprehend.
A while back, I was asked to meet with an economic developer and several of the county’s largest employers to discuss their serious workforce shortage. Combined, the companies had hundreds of job openings that they were struggling to fill. During the meeting, the economic developer explained that there were ongoing efforts throughout the area to educate and train workers to fill the jobs. The K-12 schools, community colleges, and independent training organizations were working flat-out to train and place workers. It was an impressive group effort, but there was one serious problem.
Everyone wants their company/organization/product to look nice. Having branding that’s in sync with your organization’s vision, mission, and messaging is critical to reaching your target audience. Spending time up front to ensure you’re portraying who you are, and who you want to be, pays off dividends short and long-term by showing credibility and professionalism. Humans are visual by nature and respond to branding as a form of stimulus, so make efforts to put something good out there!
So, you’ve started your business, you’re in the thick of it, networking, getting your product or service out there and seeing your dream become a reality. Right now, you may have a pretty good handle on your short-term goals (working with manufacturers, ordering more inventory, posting on social media, and finding customers) and your long-term business growth. As your business grows the tasks and goals will become too much for you to handle on your own and you’ll need to spread the work and responsibilities to new members of the team.