Plans to bring at least 68 new jobs to Portage County
Viega LLC, a company delivering unparalleled quality and durability in plumbing projects, has selected Portage County for its latest facility and first operation in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) approved the project for tax credit assistance during its Ohio Tax Credit Authority meeting today. The company plans to add 68 positions initially at its new location.
Viega plans to build a new facility to accommodate forecasted growth in its U.S. operations. The new campus-like facility will focus on metal production. The company will be the first announced tenant on property in the Shalersville Turnpike site, located between Shalersville Township and Streetsboro. The project is contingent on local approvals.
“We are excited about the expansion of our production to the Shalersville community in Ohio,” said Marki Huston, Head of Manufacturing for Viega, “We remain committed to the development of tomorrow’s workforce and continuing to create more highly skilled job opportunities in the U.S. With production expected to begin in 2025, we look forward to hiring for positions as early as January 2024.”
Local, regional, and state economic development partners – including Portage Development Board, the Shalersville – Joint Economic Development District, ODOD, JobsOhio and Team NEO – worked collaboratively with Viega leadership to secure the competitive project by illustrating a compelling business case for locating in Ohio versus other states competing for the business.
Organization leaders commented on the importance of the project:
“We have a great manufacturing legacy, dedicated talent pool, and future-oriented industry resources to support Viega’s new operations. Along with JobsOhio and our local partners, we welcome Viega to the Northeast Ohio Region. We are confident they will thrive here.”
- Bill Koehler, Chief Executive Officer, Team NEO
“We were excited to link Viega to the Turnpike Commerce Center through Colliers.” We also thank the Portage County Port Authority for assistance in offering a sales tax exemption, Kent State University, the Shalersville Township Trustees, Crestwood School District, and the Portage County Board of Commissioners for their help on this important project.”
- Brad Ehrhart, President, Portage Development Board
“Geis looks forward to welcoming Viega to our Turnpike Commerce Center business park. The 470-acre park is strategically developed to attract catalytic end-users, like Viega, to the region. Viega’s future commitment to the park is a testament to the strong workforce market that surrounds us.”
- Greg Geis, Owner, Geis Companies
“It truly shows the positive impact we can have on our communities here in Portage County when so many organizations work together to deliver on such a tremendous project. Bringing business, jobs and a more successful workforce to our region of the state is something I continue to push for and I thank all of those involved at making this happen for the people and families of Portage County.”
- State Representative Gail Pavliga
“The Trustees welcome the investment of Viega to Shalersville. We are very excited about our shared future. Part of what attracted Viega to Shalersville is our strong workforce and access to markets with a direct connection to the Ohio Turnpike. This is the first of many great announcements to come in the Shalersville – Streetsboro JEDD. We are deeply appreciative of the assistance provided to the JEDD by our partners to make this project a reality.”
- Shalersville Trustee Frank Ruehr
About Viega LLC
Viega LLC is a subsidiary of The Viega Group, which has more than 120 years of experience in building technology. Viega is the global market leader in press technology, serving the industrial, commercial, and residential markets. With ten locations around the world, Viega employs almost 5,000 people and produces more than 17,000 products and systems, including ProPress®, MegaPress®, and MegaPressG®. In the U.S., Viega has seminar centers in Colorado and New Hampshire and recently opened its new Viega Experience Center in New York City, providing continued training through in-person and online workshops. For more information about Viega LLC, visit www.viega.us.
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, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18-counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy; one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient, and prosperous. For more information, visit northeastohioregion.com.
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. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.