Location, logistics and a solid talent pool helped move Ohio to the top of the site consideration list for Italian manufacturer The Sofidel Group, a world leader in the manufacturing of paper products. On July 11 Sofidel officially broke ground, initiating construction of the company’s first integrated paper mill built from the ground up in the United States. The $300 million tissue paper factory will create 300 new jobs in the region.
Successful collaboration between Pickaway Progress Partnership, Columbus 2020, JobsOhio and several state, regional, local, and private partners was a driving force helping Sofidel select Central Ohio. In his keynote address, President Obama recognised Ohio’s foreign direct investment activities highlighting the state’s presence at the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit; connecting Ohio economic developers with Sofidel, leading to the largest private sector investment in Circleville in decades.
Sofidel’s CEO Luigi Lazzareschi discussed why they chose Pickaway County over 100 other potential sites in the United States
“This is a very good location for us. Twenty-eight acres of relatively flat land… A good rail system connected to water and gas, a good airport, good logistically, lots of customer distribution centers, and a potential workforce of hard-working people.”
Sofidel was founded in 1966 by two Italian families, and today is the sixth largest manufacturer in the world of toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue, and other specialty paper products. The company employs 6,000 people globally and has an annual turnover of $2 billion.
The new Sofidel plant is expected to bring an initial 300 jobs to Pickaway County, Ohio. The facility is expected to become operational by 2018, hiring management and manufacturing positions in 2017.