Shutterfly, a leading retailer and manufacturing platform for personalized products and communications, will invest more than $23.2 million over three years to enhance production at its facility in Galion, Ohio.
The company, which already employs nearly 200 people at the Crawford County site, expects to add another 100 new jobs through this expansion project. Efforts are expected to begin right away, with production of Shutterfly products scheduled to start at the facility next spring.
“Our business is deeply connected to the local labor market and the Galion community, and we’re pleased to provide stability for current employees while expanding in the future,” said Dave Bull, Shutterfly Inc.’s Vice President of Manufacturing.
Shutterfly, Inc. acquired Lifetouch in 2018; and with it, the Galion Lifetouch plant.
According to Regional Growth Partnership, the company will be supporting not only multiple Lifetouch product lines, but also include Shutterfly brand products, including personalized photo books, calendars, cards and wall art.
Local economic development officials noted that in selecting its Crawford County plant for this expansion project, Shutterfly officials recognized the region’s competitive business climate and highly skilled labor pool as significant factors in the site selection process. Additionally, the location puts production even closer to customers in the Northeast corridor of the U.S., improving efficiencies and speed for customers in the region.
“Shutterfly is a global leader in digital photo products manufacturing that will expand with Ohio’s exceptional talent and supply chain,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “This investment will bring 100 new jobs and new production lines to this growing facility.”
JobsOhio awarded the company a grant to support the expansion of the facility. In addition, the Ohio Development Services Agency approved a Job Creation Tax Credit. Both the Regional Growth Partnership and Grow Crawford worked collaboratively with JobsOhio throughout the process in securing the project for Galion.