Governor joins BX Solutions to celebrate its openingWritten by Duane Ramsey | | email@example.com
Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined employees of BX Solutions and community guests for the official ribbon-cutting ceremonies Jan. 27 to celebrate the beginning of its operations in the former BAX Global facility at Toledo Express Airport.
“Today, we reflect on the tremendous success we’ve achieved here in such a very short time,” said Chris Marshall, president of BX Solutions. “It’s been a wonderful team effort between our employees, the community and state to get to this point.”
Marshall thanked the 250 employees and their families for their dedication and sacrifice to help transform the complex into a multimodal transportation facility. All employees receive medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits from the company, he said.
He reported that 201 of the employees formerly worked for BAX Global, which closed the facility last year. BX Solutions was formed by some of those employees to continue operations there.
BX Solutions will pay $8.5 million in wages, $4 million in taxes and benefits, and spend $9 million for equipment and supplies in its first year of operations, according to Marshall.
J.B. Hunt, the large trucking company based in Arkansas, is doing a lot of business with BX and expects that to grow substantially, according to James Purdy of J.B. Hunt who was in attendance.
Marshall said that J.B. Hunt is reaching out to local carriers to increase the number of sources for shipping materials from the facility. He also reported that they try to work with local or Ohio-based companies for services and supplies whenever possible.
Chuck Hoecherl, vice president of First Federal Bank, which helped finance BX Solutions, said the company has the potential to double or triple its business in the near future.
Marshall’s father, David Marshall, was involved in bringing the facility from Fort Wayne, Ind., and opening the operations for BAX Global in Toledo 20 years ago. The elder Marshall and his wife, Lucy, are investors in the new company and said they were proud of its accomplishments.
Kasich recognized Paul Toth and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority for its role in helping BX Solutions become so successful in such a short time.
Toth and Port Authority officials met with Chris Marshall and other former BAX Global employees about starting a new company that would operate out of the same facilities. However, their goals required an investment to transform the complex into a multimodal transportation operation.
Bill Carroll, chairman of the Port Authority’s board of directors, said Toth came to them about committing funds for the start-up company and new operation. The board insisted upon meeting with the people behind the new business, and board members were very impressed with the presentation.
Carroll reported that the board voted unanimously to support the investment of $2.2 million in the construction required to transform the facility for BX Solutions. The construction is nearly completed as the company operates out of the renovated complex, Toth said.
Toth emphasized the importance of partnerships, “a word we use a lot in Toledo today for such success. It’s important to focus on homegrown companies, finding the BX Solutions to help them become successful,” he said.
Kasich joked with BX Solutions employees about the music being played there upon his arrival.
“You took lemons and made lemonade here at BX Solutions,” Kasich told them and was applauded by the employees in attendance.
“The sun is coming up in Toledo. This is a logistics transportation community. We’ve had some unbelievable success here in the past year,” Kasich said, citing the Chrysler expansion as another example of it.
The governor announced that Chrysler officials have contacted the state about working with the University of Toledo and Owens Community College on training its work force.
“We’re working with Chrysler to help train their workers at the university and Owens,” he said.
“We want a university system not a system of universities and Lloyd Jacobs is working on it,” Kasich said, recognizing UT’s president who was in attendance as a member of the board of directors for the Port Authority.
“Manufacturing is important in Ohio. It represents the middle class and we don’t want to give up on them. We’ve got the people, skills and resources to do it,” Kasich said.
He reported that Ohio was the No. 1 state in job creation in the Midwest and No. 9 in the country last year.