BX Solutions begins operationsWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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, Marshall said.
J.B. Hunt, a 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 J.B. Hunt is reaching out to local carriers to increase the number of sources for shipping materials from the facility. He said they try to work with 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.
Kasich recognized Paul Toth and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority for their roles in helping BX Solutions become so successful in such a short time.
“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.