Last month, Ohio-based company White Castle announced that it will build a new frozen food facility in Vandalia. Expected to create about 100 permanent jobs, the announcement received great fanfare, including a visit to the plant by Governor John Kasich.

The White Castle expansion into Vandalia is another example of business returning to Ohio. Our state has seen a consistent decrease in its unemployment rate and has been one of the leaders in job creation nationwide. From January 2011 to June 2012, Ohioans created more than 94,000 jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Our goal from day one in this General Assembly was to help Ohio’s economy heal and to once again make the state attractive to new or expanding businesses. While some states are still riddled with a lagging economy and high unemployment, Ohio’s unemployment rate stands at 7.2 percent, a full percentage point lower than the national rate.

White Castle is a perfect example of the responsiveness of the private sector. Started 91 years ago, it became successful selling its famous sliders to people all over the country. People enjoyed the product so much that they began freezing them to be eaten later or to be shipped to other places. In response, White Castle decided to expand its operation to include frozen burgers, which you probably have seen while walking through the frozen food aisle in the grocery store.

Because it has been responsive to market demand, it has remained successful for nearly a century. Now it is opening a new facility in Vandalia, creating more than 100 new jobs.

From one great food place to another, I want to remind everyone to visit the Montgomery County Fair August 29-September 3. It is a great opportunity for families and friends to get together, show support for the young people throughout the county and, yes, enjoy some great food. I hope to see you there.


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