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Editorial: State of the State a big deal for Lima


August 22. 2013 8:47PM
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Lima has the reputation of being a tough old Midwestern city.



There’s nothing wrong with this; in fact, the city should embrace that reputation as a badge of honor Tuesday when the 130th Ohio General Assembly rolls into town to hear Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State address.



Being tough, smart and opportunistic is how Lima and Allen County are pulling out of some of the most demanding economic times our nation has experienced. It is a success story worth showcasing.



The region has embraced change, and as a result, good things are happening.



The manufacturing base is solid and growing. The Lima Ford Engine Plant is running at full capacity and targeted for a new engine line. Traffic at Procter & Gamble’s new warehouse continues to boom. Expansion is taking place at the Lima refinery and chemical complexes. Advanced technologies are being implemented at MetoKote and American Trim.



Allen County also is positioned well for future manufacturing growth as shovel-ready industrial parks are in place with utilities and the capability to expand.



The timing couldn’t be better.



Allen County’s standing as a regional hub for transportation and logistics has been bolstered with the widening of U.S. 30 across Ohio. That created a more strategic U.S. 30-Interstate 75 corridor that makes industry here more immediately available to the 61 percent of the U.S. population that lives within a day’s drive of Lima. That 600-mile circle also includes 72 percent of the U.S. purchasing power, 70 percent of North American manufacturing, and 80 percent of corporate headquarters.



Workplace development issues are top of mind. Businesses and educational institutions have formed alliances to develop a “cradle-to-career” education approach that promotes lifelong learning in manufacturing and skilled trades.



Lima is a tough old city.



We took our hits the past few decades, but we’ve always punched back. When factories closed, we found a way to persevere. When we were said to be “Lost in Middle America,” we kept searching for new opportunities.



It’s no accident the region is now ready to take off.



That’s why hosting Tuesday’s State of the State address is such a big deal. Nearly every state senator and state representative will be in town. The same holds true for the governor’s cabinet and three members of the Ohio Supreme Court.



It’s a story worth being told.





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