Borgers, New Horizons, Maple City Rubber honored by NEDC

Cary Ashby • Sep 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Borgers Ohio Inc. received one of the three Golden Maple awards from Norwalk Economic Development Corp.

NEDC President Jeff Huber, who presented the award to Borgers President Jochen Harmeling on Thursday night, said the German automotive company epitomizes taking pride in one’s work.

Borgers has invested about $13 million for a 150,000-square foot expansion, essentially doubling its facility. The expansion is big enough to hold seven football fields and also includes space for research and development.

“They have employed a lot of local contractors to do that work,” Huber said.

Borgers opened its doors in 2015.

“We are feeling comfortable in this town,” Harmeling said.

New Horizons Baking Co. also received a Golden Maple. The company expanded with 15,000 feet of freezer space to put it ahead of the industry trend calling for frozen products.

Also receiving a Golden Maple was Mike and Allison Will, of Maple City Rubber.

Steve Zigo, of Norwalk, was honored by NEDC for his exceptional achievement in economic development and being a “tireless advocate” over the years.

Deb Reed, past NEDC president and current board member, presented the award to Zigo. She said Zigo was always a part of whatever team was trying to keep local business thriving.

“Steve has been a tireless advocate for this organization,” Reed added. “I can’t think of any person more deserving.”