Hamilton County is Hot for Business

A variety of industries find their niche in the region.

By
Bill Lewis
On Monday, May 11, 2020 - 17:18
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Take a trip to Hamilton, and you’ll quickly notice that its business scene is thriving. From indoor vertical farming to plastics processing and vehicle suspension companies, opportunity awaits innovators of all kinds in this community – and they are finding success.

Helping fuel these businesses are Hamilton’s numerous assets, including a skilled workforce strengthened by graduates from the region’s technical schools and universities, low-cost utilities and proximity to major markets.

These advantages have attracted national and international companies, such as indoor vertical farming company 80 Acres Farms, German automotive supplier thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America and plastics innovator iMFLUX.

Making Moves

All of these businesses are making moves in the region, as thyssenkrupp Bilstein, known for its high-tech solutions in chassis engineering, has added hundreds of jobs to the area in recent years. 80 Acres Farms is growing quality crops in thousands of square feet of indoor controlled environment agriculture space.

Meanwhile, iMFLUX is disrupting the plastics industry, using a proprietary, low-pressure injection molding control system known as the Green Curve.

“The city of Hamilton has been a fantastic partner and very supportive of the needs of a small and rapidly evolving startup,” says Mary Wagner, CEO of iMFLUX. “They have supported unique customer visits, worked with us on recruiting to attract top talent and been insightful on how to support those employees who moved from across the country to live and work in this community.”

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Ideal Location

The company, a subsidiary of P&G, is a technology startup that has been operating in Hamilton since December 2012.

City representatives have taken a personal interest in iMFLUX’s success.

“They have connected iMFLUX leaders to other businesses in the community, offered personal introductions and been proactive in providing opportunities to help drive our growth,” Wagner says.

As for 80 Acres Farms, the company relocated its headquarters to Hamilton, investing about $27 million and committing to create 125 new jobs. Mike Zelkind, the company’s co-founder and CEO, says the community is the ideal location for future growth.

“Hamilton is looking for diversified growth and is strategically located near multiple large population centers,” Zelkind says.

Recruiting Talent

Speaking of growth, thyssenkrupp Bilstein has expanded three times in Hamilton since 2011 and now employs more than 750 people and has over 350,000 square feet of space.

The company benefits from the city’s central location and access to top talent graduating from the region’s technical schools and universities, says company President and CEO Fabian Schmahl.

The presence of a strong manufacturing community offers opportunities for networking and sharing best practices through organizations such as Leadership Hamilton. Organizations such as Hamilton Mill, the disruptive small business incubator, foster an innovative environment and entrepreneurial spirit, he says.

As a growing company, thyssenkrupp Bilstein seeks talent in a variety of ways, including recruiting at universities and through an apprenticeship program in local high schools.

“Hamilton and the surrounding area offer a highly skilled workforce and play a vital role in the continued success of thyssenkrupp Bilstein’s business,” Schmahl says.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bill Lewis is an award-winning business journalist whose work has appeared in publications across the United States.