Target Industries

Williams County Economic Development has identified several industry clusters that are able to excel in our community. Take advantage of the location, natural resources, wonderful communities, and the long standing agricultural and manufacturing heritage.

Williams County currently has 33 major employers with 100 or more employees. View the Williams County Major Employer Listing here.

  • Distribution & Logistics
  • Automotive
  • Food Processing
  • Plastic Fabrication and Injection Molding

ALG Health announced it is opening a new respirator mask making facility in Bryan that eventually could bring as many as 400 new jobs to Williams County. The company is moving into 520 W. Mulberry St., a 400,000-square-foot industrial building formerly occupied until this past August by Gendron Inc., a medical equipment company. ALG Health was created in 2020 as a division of the parent company, Axis LED Group, a manufacturer of commercial and governmental LED lighting based in Chicago.

Adam Harmon, a Defiance native and 1999 DHS grad, is company President and CEO. Initial plans are to use about 100,000 square feet of the building space and begin production in November with 10 machines and about 100 workers, gradually expanding to as many as 60 production machines and 400 employees, he said.
Bryan, Ohio

Wausau Supply Co. announced it is expanding its established service area by opening a distribution facility in West Unity. Scheduled to open this fall, the facility will house a selection of products from the industry’s top manufacturers along with its own proprietary brands, Diamond Kote Building Products and Waudena Entrance Systems.

West Unity, Ohio

Menard Inc. was in need of a huge tract of land for a regional distribution and manufacturing center in 2007. The leadership recognized that people in Williams County worked hard, there was a superb transportation network, and county economic development leaders were eager to form partnerships. The total initial investment in the Menards facility was an estimated $74 million.

The most recent expansion in 2017 and 2018 included a $28 million investment to build a production line to manufacture interior and exterior pre-hung doors. The project is expected to add 85-90 new jobs at the Holiday City location, adding more than $3 million of new payroll.
Menards Distribution Center is now the largest employer in Williams County.

Holiday City, Ohio

Toledo Tool & Die, a full-service metal stamping company, recently purchased the former Arcelor Mittal building at 2 Kexon Dr. in Pioneer. When the closing of Arcelor Mittal was announced in early 2019, it wasn’t long before the match was made for this 3rd generation, family-owned company.

TTD’s parts can be found on products made by Tesla, Honda, Nissan, Unipres, Subaru, and Chrysler. Toledo Tool and Die’s world renowned expertise in providing innovative tool and die fabrication to stamping solutions is central to its ability to meet and exceed the automotive market’s demand.

If you are interested in employment with Toledo Tool & Die Click Here.

Pioneer, Ohio

December 2018 – 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics is investing $42 million in an expansion project at its Holiday City facility. The project involves constructing a new 245,000 square foot high-pressure facility in two phases, as well as investment in the world’s largest high-pressure injection press, weighing 6,670 tons, according to the company.

Rupp/Rosebrock, Inc., a Liberty City-based general contractor, is the construction manager at risk for the expansion. The project broke ground in March 2018 with phase one, a 146,000 square foot expansion, expected to be complete by the end of the year. Phase two of the project is expected to be complete by March 2020. Read more from the Toledo Business Journal online here. 

In 2015 20/20 added three new machines and added about 200,000 square feet of space to the existing 186,000-square-foot building, located along the Ohio Turnpike at 14620 Selwyn Drive, just east of Chase Brass. The company founder, Ron  Ernsberger said the expansion was driven by strong sales and the desire to keep its production processes state-of-the-art. One of the new machines being added is a 1,500-ton press that is “the biggest in the industry,” and was about $5 million.

Holiday City, Ohio

The Bard Manufacturing Company broke ground in 2017 for the James R. Bard Center for HVAC Innovation & Design at their Bryan, Ohio, headquarters.

This multi-million-dollar project will add 15,000 square feet to the current facility and will consist of collaborative work spaces and a new psychrometric test lab. The purpose of the innovation center is to improve new product development and speed-to-market capabilities, and to help make northwest Ohio a hub for HVAC engineering and innovation. The creation of the facility is made possible by the generosity of Jim and Joan Bard. Jim retired in 2003 as President, after 43 years with the company. “Naming the center the James R. Bard Center for HVAC Innovation & Design honors Jim’s legacy of service and significant importance to the company,” stated Steel. Bard has been a family-owned and operated business for 103 years and four generations.

Bryan, Ohio

July 7, 2018 – Reifel Industries is looking to invest around $6.6 million in its property on Ohio Street, with $2.5 million of that going to building improvements, said Matt Davis, executive director of the Williams County Economic Development Corporation. “The balance is in machine equipment and inventory,” he added. “The promise here is 15 new jobs across three years minimum, adding $600,000 in payroll.” The council approved the company’s request for a 60 percent abatement on the increase of property value over the course of 10 years. Davis estimated Reifel will save around $31,400, with the full assessment being closer to $50,000. “That won’t be a real number until the work is done and the auditor appraises the property and it gets put on the books,” he said. “That is based on estimated costs turned in to us.” From the council, the abatement will go to the Williams County Commissioners for approval before being filed with the state.

Pioneer, Ohio

In 2018 Sweethearts were in danger of disappearing forever when their owner went bankrupt and there was no one to save the brand. As a century-old candy maker, Spangler knew how important Sweethearts were to the Valentine season. Spangler acquired the brand that year but not in time to make Sweethearts for Valentine’s 2019. Sweethearts were missed by thousands of fans and the news of their absence was covered by hundreds of media outlets.

In 2020, Spangler was able to return Sweethearts to store shelves in limited quantities after a major effort to relocate and rebuild the production equipment, find the original recipe and return classic flavors to the mix like wintergreen and banana. The journey back included a few bumps in the road. The old printing equipment was not reliable so Spangler invested in a new printer, but it was accidentally damaged during production. The result was a few more “silent” hearts than usual.

Spangler is looking to the future for Sweethearts and is committed to fully returning them to the Valentine season. Plans for fun new sayings and flavors are already in the works!

Bryan, Ohio