Expansion projects means potential job growth

SALEM — Salem has some potential job growth coming, according to Julie Needs, who oversees economic development for the city.

Needs, the executive director of the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center, delivered her quarterly report to city council’s Economic Development Committee recently, saying there are several expansion projects in the works that will mean jobs, including one that has the potential to add 20-plus jobs over the next three years.

She couldn’t reveal the name of the company just yet, but said there will be an announcement coming and noted in her report that the expansion represents a significant investment in Salem.

She’s also talking with another company that’s looking at possible expansion that she reported has the potential for significant job creation.

Efforts are also being made to keep 30 to 35 customer service representatives and engineers from the Columbus McKinnon plant, which is relocating from its site on Pennsylvania Avenue. A proposal for a space to meet their needs to keep those 30-35 employees in Salem has been submitted to the company and there are discussions to see if there are any incentives available.

Needs did a brief overview of the highlights of her report, which touched on industrial growth, downtown redevelopment efforts, industrial, commercial and residential development, expansion/retention efforts, attraction efforts, promotion efforts, strategic planning efforts, building and maintaining partnerships and continued focus on workforce development.

Included with the information was a list of courses coming up at the SOD Training Center, including a supervisory boot camp, resume writing and interview skills, basic fall protection, crane operation and rigging seminar and basic pneumatics. More courses that are coming but that haven’t been scheduled cover public speaking, safety grants, blueprint reading, Quickbooks and more.

To learn more about courses available, visit www.SODCEnter.com.