Heartland Steel Products, a manufacturer of custom warehouse solutions for retailers and distributors, will invest $650,000 to expand production in Harrison, Ohio. The project is expected to create 30 jobs.
In 2010, Heartland purchased the facility from Torbek Industries. The company has more than doubled its headcount in Harrison since mid-2020. The company also has operations in Lodi, California and Marysville, Michigan.
“As we learn how to successfully navigate the tumultuous waters of ‘the new normal’ brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Heartland Steel Products is happy to share that we are hiring approximately 30 new employees and adding 10,000 square feet to our existing footprint in Harrison, Ohio,” said Danielle Lyons-Paris, representative of Heartland Steel Products. “This unprecedented growth is due in part to the recent boom of e-commerce and the expansion of third party logistics facilities that dot the landscape of the United States and beyond.”
JobsOhio supported Heartland’s investment with a JobsOhio Grant.
“Ohio’s strong economic comeback continues! Heartland Steel Products’ investment demonstrates how Ohio’s manufacturing talent and supply chain advantage is continuing to push our economy past the pandemic and toward sustained growth,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “We look forward to partnering with Heartland Steel as it continues to expand in Ohio and grow its North American presence.”
Heartland attributed the increased demand for its storage solutions to the rise in e-commerce and growing logistics and distribution activity, in part fueled by the pandemic, according to Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati. Heartland’s Harrison facility now houses production for its full line of products, making it easy for companies to source equipment from a single location and save on freight costs. Walmart, Target, and Menards are among the retailers that use Heartland products for their warehouse equipment needs.
“The amount of goods that are sold online continues to grow, with some estimates predicting that e-commerce will make up more than 25% of retail goods sold by 2025,” said Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati president, and CEO. “The Cincinnati region is benefitting from this evolution, with Heartland being the latest example. As demand for warehouse solutions rises, we look forward to Heartland continuing to grow in the region. ”