Montgomery County Helps Businesses Grow

17 Dec 2018

Montgomery County is focused on helping local businesses expand, in addition to recruiting new corporations. We engage the business community, identify specific businesses’ needs, and assemble resources to achieve their goals. This success includes building incentive packages and workforce training solutions based on the number of jobs companies bring to Montgomery County or the overall investment they are planning.

Our ability to respond to business needs makes Montgomery County competitive and has led to the successful expansion of several companies: logoAs one of the largest online pet retailers, has been experiencing steady growth. They needed a new fulfillment and distribution center to house their more than 30,000 unique pet products. Because of joint efforts between local economic development organizations and Montgomery County, the company is now building a 690,000-square-foot facility next to the Dayton International Airport.

Once their facility has been built, they will employ 600 people. Gregg Walsh, Vice President of Fulfillment Center HR Operations for Chewy said, “We look forward to making a positive economic impact in the local community of Dayton with the creation of 600 new jobs. We are thrilled to extend Chewy’s fulfillment operations to Dayton, Ohio and appreciate the partnership with the city of Dayton, Montgomery County, Dayton Development Coalition and JobsOhio in the opening of our newest fulfillment center, our first in the state and eighth in the country.” To win the project, Chewy Inc. was offered a tax credit valued at $1.75 million.


Tenneco, a company manufacturing struts and shock absorbers for passenger vehicles, is already a major employer in Montgomery County. They have recently chosen to expand here. According to Montgomery County Commissioner Deborah Lieberman, “We were able to quickly respond to the company’s needs, lowering their cost, and offer a location that allows optimal access to their customers.” This included the County offering Tenneco a $500,000 grant that will go toward improving the infrastructure near the plant. State incentives are also on the table, though the final numbers have not been released. Offering incentives was an important step in competing for the expansion project since Tenneco was in the process of deciding which plants to expand and which ones to close. By choosing to expand operations in Kettering, they will be closing plants in Ontario and Georgia, demonstrating how critical it is for Montgomery County to actively compete for business expansion projects.

With this recent decision, Tenneco will be investing a total of $61.5 million in Kettering. According to Greg Gorsuch, the City of Kettering’s Economic Development Manager, this investment will create 300 jobs that will pay an average of $20 per hour. This investment is the culmination of a joint effort between the City of Kettering and Montgomery County with assistance from the State of Ohio and the Dayton Development Coalition.

Montgomery County Will Remain Competitive

Contact Montgomery County Development Services to discuss your expansion or relocation needs. We will review specific requirements and identify solutions, which may include grants and tax incentives for your business.