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ORDC Approves Grant for Church & Dwight
ORDC Approves Grant for Church & Dwight

On March 18, 2020, the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) approved a grant award in the amount of $75,000 to Church & Dwight to expand their on-site rail infrastructure in Old Fort, Ohio, to allow for continued product line expansion.  The ORDC grant will help streamline the company’s rail infrastructure and will allow them to hire 60 new positions and retain 240 existing positions as part of a $38 million expansion project at the Old Fort facility.

Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight is one of the leading consumer packaged goods companies in the U.S.  The company manufactures and markets a broad range of leading household, personal care and specialty products to consumers and business customers in 115 countries.  Its brands include Arm & Hammer, Orajel, and OxiClean, among others.  The Old Fort facility was established in 1980 and is the largest sodium bicarbonate manufacturing plant in the world.  The facility manufactures a number of products and is one of only two baking soda manufacturers in the country.

Church & Dwight plans to expand two existing lines within the facility.  JobsOhio and Seneca County also provided incentives to assist in the company’s efforts.

Matthew Dietrich, Executive Director of the ORDC, said, “Church & Dwight has a longstanding history in Ohio.  It is always our goal to assist existing Ohio businesses who are making investments in our state. For Church & Dwight, we were able to partner with JobsOhio and Seneca County in this effort,” he said.

Plant Manager David Johnston said “I’m very pleased that Church & Dwight chose the Old Fort facility as the site of this expansion and continues to invest in our workers and our community. Old Fort was in consideration with plants in Missouri and Pennsylvania. The state and local incentives along with an available workforce helped to push us ahead. Thank you to everyone who helped us win the investment in Seneca County.”


ORDC assists Ohio companies and communities in creating and retaining jobs by preserving rail service to existing shippers and providing rail service to new customers.   In addition, the ORDC funds projects to improve railroad-highway grade crossings to increase safety to the traveling public.  Please remember, when around railroad tracks always expect a train.   Rail lines in Ohio are private property and trespassing is both strictly prohibited and extremely dangerous.


For additional information regarding this project or for additional information on ORDC, please contact Wende Jourdan at (614) 728-9497