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FINDLAY, OH, March 1, 2017 — For the third consecutive year, Findlay, Ohio has been ranked the top micropolitan community in the U.S. for new and expanding facilities by Site Selection magazine, the official publication of the Global FDI Association and the Industrial Asset Management Council. The magazine ranked 575 of the nation’s micropolitan areas, cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people which cover at least one county. Site Selection magazine has been ranking communities since 1988.  Findlay is the second community in the history of the award to be the top micropolitan three years in a row.


“Findlay-Hancock County is proud to be ranked the top micropolitan community in the United States again this year,” said Tim Mayle, Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development Director.  “2016 turned out to be a fantastic year for many of our existing companies.”


The Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development Office compiled and submitted 22 projects that met Site Selection’s qualifying criteria. Among those that qualified were Whirlpool’s 80,000 square foot plant expansion and Mennel Milling’s new 22,000 square foot HQ in Fostoria.


“Findlay’s Formula of collaboration between the private, public and not for profit sectors has proven to be successful again,” said Findlay Mayor, Lydia Mihalik. “Year after year our community continues to be a better place to live, learn, work and play.”


“Our Economic Development team has worked hard to gain momentum in the community, and enhance its focus throughout the region,” said John Haywood, The Findlay•Hancock County Alliance President and CEO. “Three years in a row as the Top Micropolitan is something our entire community can be proud of.”


Mark Gazarek, Chairman, Hancock County Commissioner added “The emphasis on Retention and Expansion of existing companies in our community allows for smart growth and continued investment.”


Additional information can be found online  Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online.


For more information, please contact the Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development Office at 419-422-3313.


A formal presentation of the award with Site Selection will take place on March 8, 2017.  Additional details to follow.