Last week we were recognized by the Board of County Commissioners during Small Business Week. We were also featured in the recent annual report as a business poised for growth in support of an area boasting a 35% increase in job creation during 2010. The report annually chooses businesses that continue to post strong selling and hiring numbers. QC Industries continually reinvests in the business on a regular basis and is currently hiring again in 2011.
The office of Economic Development, which provided the award, is devoted to attracting and retaining businesses in the County. They offer many workshops, training grants and other ways of assisting businesses. Along with many other businesses on the east side of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati has also seen the value in supporting the area. They now occupy a Ford transmission plant which closed in 2008. The plant originally employed 2,500 people. UC East has now taken 81,000 sqyare feet of office space and as a part of a 25 year growth plan will offer Bachelors level degrees. The agreement includes an option to buy the 45 acres of land around the building.
Other companies recognized were Penn Station, which opened their new headquarters in Miami Township, Ohio. In December 2010 Entrepreneur Magazine announced Penn Station was ranked 141 in this years Franchise 500. Eagle Coach Company which resides in Pierce Township and Engineered Mobile Solutions, a leader in custom trailers for the military, were also recognized.
We are proud to receive this special award of recognition from the county.