Licking County’s Diversified Economy Boasts Regional, National Headquarters, Service Centers

On Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 10:15

Business is booming in Licking County, as large companies and small-business startups alike take advantage of a diversified economy, low tax rates, strong workforce and other components designed to help them grow.

Longaberger Basket Company
Talk about putting all your options in one basket! Not only is the Longaberger Basket Co. one of the area’s best-known businesses, it’s also one of the most recognizable thanks to its corporate headquarters.
Longaberger’s offices are built in the shape of the company’s medium market basket — only 160 times bigger. In addition to its handcrafted baskets, Longaberger also produces pottery, wrought iron, fabric accessories and specialty foods. The facility reflects the Longaberger family’s ongoing commitment to their employees, products, community and more than 45,000 independent consultants around the country.

Boeing Guidance Repair Center
In nearby Heath, the Boeing Guidance Repair Center utilizes the area’s high-tech workforce to perform complete depot-level repair of inertial guidance and navigation systems for the military.
Boeing’s facility is in the former Aerospace Guidance and Metrology Center at the Newark Air Force Base, is ISO 9001 registered and has received FAA certification on portions of commercial aircraft inertial navigation systems. It also is a strategic center for Boeing’s defense electronics, guidance and navigation repair.

State Farm Insurance Co.
Several thousand agents throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee rely on State Farm Insurance Co.’s Newark Operations Center, one of a three-center network serving the company’s Mid-America Zone.
The Newark facility houses departments including auto and fire claims, commercial and personal lines underwriting, learning and development, public affairs, administrative services, human resource, marketing and finance.
State Farm’s employees are busy outside the center as well, volunteering with local community organizations and groups throughout the year and also as part of the company’s Good Neighbor Service Month every June.

Velvet Ice Cream
Local sweet teeth have plenty to celebrate with the continuing presence of Velvet Ice Cream, a Utica business that’s been a favorite around here for almost 100 years.

The Dager family continues to operate this family-owned empire, which includes Ohio’s only ice-cream museum situated in the company’s historic Ye Olde Mill headquarters. More than 150,000 people visit the museum every year, making it one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions.
Velvet now has more than 500 flavors, and produces more than five million gallons of ice cream annually. In its latest market expansion, Velvet signed an agreement with Ricker’s to be the exclusive ice-cream provider for the Indiana-based chain of convenience stores, continuing the company’s reach to stores and supermarkets across the country.