Boosting Workforce Prosperity: Elyria’s Black Tip Secures State Grant from JobsOhio to Support Growth

Black Tip, LLC, specializing in fluid handling components, cable management and contract injection molding, has announced plans to grow its business in Elyria with the addition of 40 new positions. To support those efforts the company has been awarded a $100,000 JobsOhio Workforce Grant.

Black Tip, which consists of Bee Valve, CableTek, Pioneer Products and Plastic Enterprises, was formed in late 2022 through a new ownership group. Since that time the company has experienced significant growth, resulting in plans to consolidate two current locations into one campus-type facility. This will provide efficiencies and position the business for future growth. Had it not been for the assistance across local and state partners, it would have been difficult for the company to remain stateside.

“The goal was always to stay in the states, but it’s often more economically viable to go offshore,” said Hallie Stewart, CEO of Black Tip, LLC. “We were previously exploring other options, but with the support we received from Lorain County Community Development, connecting us to MAGNET and Team NEO, and engaging the City of Elyria, we ultimately received a workforce grant from JobsOhio. We’re planting our roots firmly in Lorain County. Continued support will only further our confidence that this is the place to grow our business.”

To assist in facilitating Black Tip’s expansion needs and ensure they maintained operations in Northeast Ohio, specifically Elyria and Lorain County, a team consisting of Lorain County Community Development Department, the City of Elyria, OhioMeansJobs, JobsOhio and Team NEO partnered with Black Tip. Through this collaboration they were able to secure the JobsOhio Workforce Grant and develop new operational partnerships.

“Along with our local partners and JobsOhio, we are delighted to support Black Tip’s  growth plans, meaning new jobs and additional revenue for the region and state,” stated Team NEO Chief Executive Officer Bill Koehler. “With our legacy in manufacturing and innovation, and our dedicated talent pool, we are confident the company will continue to grow and thrive in Northeast Ohio.”

To support Black Tip’s growth, the company has renovation plans for its existing facilities in Elyria, set to kick off in 2024.

Lorain County Commissioner Dave Moore was inspired by the project’s local and economic impact. “Our companies know we have their backs to retain and help them grow, or we’ll find a way or make one. Working with our community partners, we orchestrated real support for Black Tip, boosting manufacturing in Lorain County, and keeping a company in the U.S. – a win-win for everyone.”

Elyria Mayor Kevin Brubaker adds, “We are thrilled Black Tip is expanding their operations and creating these additional jobs for the City of Elyria. I’m proud of the collaborative efforts that took place to make this happen. I want to congratulate Black Tip, we will continue doing everything we can to support them, and the entire Elyria business community.”

In addition to receiving the JobsOhio Workforce Grant, Black Tip was also introduced to MAGNET, and has partnered with the nonprofit consulting group to optimize material and process flows to increase efficiencies, capacity and productivity. Bass Khoury, director of operations excellence at MAGNET, highlighted the “lean ops” project they have been working on with Black Tip: “MAGNET had the pleasure of working with the team at Black Tip to streamline their manufacturing footprint. It’s been exciting to help them achieve measurable and successful results.”

About Black TIp, LLC

Black Tip LLC, is a parent company overseeing a range of divisions, each specializing in unique facets of manufacturing and injection molding. Based in Elyria, Ohio, Black Tip’s family of companies includes: Bee Valve; CableTek; Pioneer Products; and CIMA Plastics Group/Plastic Enterprises. For more information about each business line and the innovative solutions they offer, visit: www.beevalve.com; www.cable-tek.com, www.cimaplastics.com and www.pioneerproducts.com.

About Lorain County Community Development

The Lorain County Community Development Department’s mission is to serve Lorain County residents and businesses through community development initiatives by striving to, improve quality of life, foster smart growth, promote economic vitality, encourage development and redevelopment, and to provide tools to community leaders for management and for making policy decisions.

As the community and economic development representative for the Lorain County Board of Commissioners, the Community Development offers programs and services in Economic Development, Fair Housing, Community Development Block Grants, Planning, Zoning, Housing, as well as Stormwater, Sewer and Watershed Management through the Lorain County Stormwater Management District.

You can visit the Lorain County Community Development Department online at:  www.loraincountyohio.gov/202/Community-Development.

About MAGNET

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network is a nonprofit consulting group on a mission to make manufacturing better. Since 1984, MAGNET has been helping manufacturers in Northeast Ohio grow with effective workforce programs, advanced technology consulting, and innovation services. They have helped more than 2,000 manufacturers generate an additional $1 billion in sales, realize more than $400 million in cost savings, and create or retain 11,000 jobs in Northeast Ohio. MAGNET’s work is made possible by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Ohio MEP. Learn more: www.manufacturingsuccess.org.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, they align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18-counties; Team NEO conducts research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; they market the Northeast Ohio Region; and work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. Team NEO does this to build a more vibrant regional economy; one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient, and prosperous. For more information, visit chrisr359.sg-host.com.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com.