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Year in Review: Industrial jobs, businesses offering fun arrive in 2013

by Bob Gaetjens | editor Published: January 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Businesses came to and left Streetsboro in large numbers this year.

Mostly, businesses moved into the city, but one notable exception was Commercial Turf Products, which closed up its Miller Parkway facility, sending 290 employees packing in the process.

The company announced the shutdown in April, citing "an excess capacity at other sites," according to Kristee Mahler, vice president of human resources for the company.

Mayor Glenn Broska said the city lost about $244,000 annually in the move, including property and income taxes.

In October, he announced Air Enterprises will move into the Commercial Turf Products facility.

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Air Enterprises is looking to add 30-50 jobs over the next year and more than 200 jobs over the next five years, Economic Development Director Bill Bishilany said.

Also new to Streetsboro in 2013 is the corporate headquarters of Selas Heat Technology, which is located on Aurora-Hudson Road. The facility completed its move in 2013.

At the 2013 Team NEO Economic Development Plus Awards, Streetsboro won first place in the "Business Attraction" (fewer than 100 employees) category for its efforts to bring Selas to town.

Mayor Glenn Broska said the city is a good place for businesses.

"We had a good facility for them; our taxes were low; and we're conveniently located," he said.

The year ended on a positive note for parents and children looking for fun, active activities when the weather turns bad.

The opening of The Jump Palace, an indoor inflatable playground, and ZipCity USA in December gave children something in addition to presents under the tree to look forward to over winter break.

ZipCity features 10,000 square feet of trampoline and five zip lines.

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