A new research and development facility will locate in Jerome Township, bringing 77 new jobs to the area. G-Tekt North American Corp. announced last week it will invest $28.6 million in the central Ohio area as it brings manufacturing to West Jefferson and a research and development facility to Jerome Township.

A new research and development facility will locate in Jerome Township, bringing 77 new jobs to the area. G-Tekt North American Corp. announced last week it will invest $28.6 million in the central Ohio area as it brings manufacturing to West Jefferson and a research and development facility to Jerome Township.

The new Jerome Township facility will develop, design and work with G-Tekt's other North American facilities on the introduction and improvement of projects for the U.S. market, a news release from Columbus 2020 said.

"The Columbus Region rose to the top of our location search because of its strategic proximity to automotive companies like Honda, and convenient access to a skilled workforce fit to staff our manufacturing and R&D operations," Toshitsugu Kikuchi, president of G-Tekt Corp., said in the release.

The G-Tekt Corp. is headquartered in Japan and the company makes auto body frame parts, dies and welding equipment. The company has six North American facilities.