MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) - Hickory Farms executives announced they are moving the company's headquarters from Maumee to downtown Toledo.
The move is expected to be complete in mid-August. They signed a 10-year lease for space on the fifth floor at 811 Madison Ave.
The CEO says they want to contribute to downtown revitalization efforts.
"Toledo is the epicenter of northwest Ohio. It is an important center for innovation, transportation and culture," said Hickory Farms CEO Mark S. Rodriguez. "We want to become one of the spokes in the wheel working hard to improve Toledo's competitiveness and reputation."
Approximately 50 full-time employees will make the shift to downtown. Some say having more people in town can only spur more growth.
"It's great. It helps the restaurants, the vendors that are downtown, hopefully brings more stores in," said Amy Marshalko who has worked in downtown Toledo for eight years.
Marshalko says she is happy to hear more people will be joining her.
"I always like to see something new come in, or people come downtown," said Marshalko.
The company has always been located in northwest Ohio, dating back to its early beginnings when Founder Richard Ransom started selling hand-cut cheeses at local home shows and fairs in 1951.
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