BX Solutions to reopen former Bax Global facilityWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor John Kasich came to Toledo Oct. 27 for the announcement of a partnership that will allow the newly formed BX Solutions to operate the former Bax Global facility at Toledo Express Airport.
The partnership was formed with BX Solutions, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and State of Ohio to bring about this enterprise that could employ as many as 500 workers within one year.
The Port Authority has received a $2.8 million loan from Jobs Ohio to be used for making improvements to the 300,000 square-foot facility. The project will include the addition of 24 truck docks, 12 on either side of the building, to provide both air and truck shipments, according to Paul Toth, president and CEO of the Port Authority.
“The sun is starting to rise over Toledo. Get rid of that negative attitude as we’re starting to win here. This is a great community with great assets and people” said Kasich at the announcement.
Christopher Marshall, president and CEO of BX Solutions, said that “a great deal of work was accomplished in a short amount of time to build a strong and talented team to create this locally owned company.”
Marshall said they are taking the first step in establishing the company owned by a group of former Bax Global employees.
“Chris Marshall is a courageous young man, a logistics expert, and a real star who is working with his team to be creative in developing this opportunity,” Kasich said.
BX Solutions is a distribution and transportation company specializing in commercial and industrial freight.
“BX Solutions is pleased and eager to carry on the rich history of cargo operations at Toledo express. This is just the first of a multiple step process for restoring jobs in Northwest Ohio,” Marshall said at the announcement.
The Port Authority board of directors approved a resolution Oct. 27 that authorizes BX Solutions to manage and maintain the cargo facility while marketing it for intermodal transportation services with the Port Authority.
“This opportunity accomplishes a major priority by creating hundreds of much needed, quality jobs in our community,” Toth said.
BX Solutions is already accepting applications for jobs at the new facility with a possible start-up of operations by the end of the year. Marshall said they expect to employ 500 workers within a year of that start-up.
“We welcome former Bax Global employees who apply and will consider all candidates for the jobs,” said Steve Grier, who is serving on the board of directors for BX Solutions.
Grier was involved in the opening of the original Burlington Express facility at that location in 1991.
“All of these people had other opportunities for jobs,” Toth said about the former BAX Global employees with logistics management experience now involved in BX Solutions.
Toth said they met with those people the same day that Bax Global announced the closing of the Toledo facility on July 22. We discussed the possible opportunities for operating the facility with them at that time, he said.
“We’ve never seen anything this large move this quickly. The cooperation in this community has never been stronger than it is right now,” Toth said.
Mayor Mike Bell thanked Toth and the Port Authority on this project along with Governor Kasich for his support of Toledo and Northwest Ohio.
“We have to create an undefeated spirit in Toledo to move the community forward in a smooth way. We support BX Solutions and will do whatever we can to help it to be a success.”
“The record is beginning to speak for itself. Toledo is getting better and it’s about time. I want to be your partner and your friend,” Kasich said.
Governor Kasich reported that the state has worked with local sources to create 1,400 new jobs for Northwest Ohio in the past month. He said there will be another big announcement about new local jobs in the logistics field on Monday, Nov. 1.
Kasich also said that the state has helped to create 12,000 jobs and save 25,000 more jobs in Ohio since January. Those jobs represent $2.2 billion in payroll and $1.6 billion in capital investment, he said.