Local industry plans purchase, expansion

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Golden Protective Services last week announced the purchase of the former DLH building on SR 332 south of Carrollton, located adjacent to property owned by Carrollton Schools.

Golden Protective Services investing $800,000 in purchase, renovation of former DLH building

Golden Protective Services (GPS), in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) and Carroll County Economic Development, last week announced plans to purchase and renovate a building in the Carrollton Industrial Park on SR 332 south of Carrollton. 

The total investment to purchase, renovate, and add new machinery and equipment is reported to be over $800,000. The company sells and distributes gloves and other hygiene products primarily to restaurants, grocers and convenience store chains. The industrial building is larger than the space the company has been operating from for the past nine years. GPS presently operates out of building at 707 Canton Rd. NW, Carrollton. The additional space will allow GPS to service the company’s growing business on the east coast of the USA.

“We are very happy to remain in Carroll County; it’s where we have roots, where we grew up, our original businesses were located and we are proud to continue to operate here,” said Charles James, national accounts food manager at GPS. “We were able to purchase the former DLH facility in Carrollton, located in the Industrial Park by the new school. They were wonderful to work with and we look forward to improving the current facility with a remodel, upgrades including offices, and much more.”

 “It all begins with people and we are blessed at GPS to have an amazing team who enjoy working in a family/business atmosphere to serve our customers,” said Mark Atwood, CEO of Golden Protective Services. “They made the decision very easy for the company to invest in this project.”

“Golden Protective Service is no stranger to Carroll County as they have been doing business in our county for the last 18 years,” said Chris Modranski, Carroll County economic development director. “Their community-minded leadership has transformed into steady growth which now requires an expansion. We are proud to partner with OhioSE and JobsOhio to offer an incentive which will allow GPS to maintain and grow their employee base while continuing their services in the former DLH building in our industrial park.” 

JobsOhio provided a $25,000 Inclusion Grant to support renovations to the building. JobsOhio Inclusion Grants provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.

“JobsOhio and OhioSE are pleased to be able to support Golden Protective Services in making this investment in Carroll County and the Southeast Ohio region with an Inclusion Grant,” said Mike Jacoby, president of OhioSE. “We appreciate GPS’s commitment to Carrollton and Carroll County by putting this building into productive re-use.”

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