Meijer's announcement that it will hire 270 people to staff its new Marysville store is the latest in a series of good news on the local jobs front.
Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., Moriroku Technology North America and Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Inc. all are looking for workers.
"Over the past year, we have been exceptionally busy from an economic development standpoint, which is a very good sign," said Eric Phillips, executive director of the Union County Economic Development Partnership and CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. "A lot of our companies are making expansions. Some of which are Honda-related, of course."
Meijer is looking for a variety of employees for its new supercenter on Coleman's Crossing Boulevard, including cashiers, clerks, customer service representatives, cake decorators, meat cutters and receiving workers. Candidates can apply online at jobs.meijer.com/ newstore; enter Marysville in the location search field at the top of the page.
The store is scheduled to open in early August, according to Joe Hirschmugl, Meijer's public relations manager.
"We are currently in the process of contacting and interviewing potential candidates who have applied online. Selected candidates are contacted following phone interviews and are scheduled for an in-person interview," Hirschmugl said.
Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., has 204 supercenters and grocery stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. There are 41 stores in the Buckeye State, plus a distribution center in Tipp City and a regional office in West Chester.
Meanwhile, Honda of America is looking to replace several hundred retiring workers.
Spokeswoman Stacey Pond said the company employs more than 14,000 people at its Ohio operations, which include research and development.
Honda offered employees an early retirement buyout, which Pond said a number of workers took in March, though she declined to give an exact number. A February story in The Columbus Dispatch estimated the move could lead to 750 or more open jobs in Ohio.
Pond said the employees took advantage of an interest rate adjustment from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, under which retirees who took a lump sum payment got a larger payout than if they had waited.
That leaves the door open for new employees.
"We do have a number of positions open locally and in Ohio," Pond said, though she declined to specify a number. Both professional and production positions are available.
"We constantly have a lot of openings and opportunities at our operations. Definitely interested people should go to our websites," Pond said.
Moriroku Technology North America, an automotive parts manufacturer, is expected to hire 50 new employees. The company broke ground March 20 on a new Marysville research-and-development center, which will replace its existing facility on Allenby Drive.
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems plans to hire 15 people, adding to the 123 jobs it already has in Marysville. The company designs and manufactures electronic systems for the automotive industry. It is consolidating four locations into a new facility at 14684 Industrial Parkway.
"Investment levels are way up compared to what they have been. Over the past 11 years, there has been over $1 billion invested in our community," Phillips said. "So Marysville itself is doing very well from an economic development standpoint."
Phillips said members of the Economic Development Partnership would love to see more companies locate in the area.
"We'll continue to promote, and we continue to have a lot of leads we're working on, too. So all of those are good signs," he said.
Phillips said the Uptown revitalization plans seem to be working and the area continues to develop.
"The Uptown area of Marysville is looking great. We've been working on the Town Run restoration project for nearly eight years. To see that come to fruition and come together is unbelievable," he said.
Food has been driving much of the growth.
Whit's Frozen Custard will open soon, and Fiesta Grande Mexican Restaurant reopened in December.
Phillips said the Uptown Steak House will open in the former Old Town Inn, and a new restaurant is taking over the former Doc Henderson's location.
"Things are looking better, but we still need more activity in the Uptown area for all these businesses to grow," Phillips said. "This past year is the best year we've had in many, many years. That's very exciting and good news."