Maker of Miracle-Gro Sprouting New Facilities in Ohio

Scotts expanding its manufacturing facility, building additional offices in Marysville

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., a Marysville, Ohio-based manufacturer of consumer lawn and garden products, recently announced that it is expanding at its Marysville campus and at another Ohio location.

The company is expanding its existing 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant on its Marysville campus and recently broke ground on a new office building there to accommodate future growth. Scotts also has purchased a new 550,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Orrville, Ohio.

The combined projects will eventually create approximately 100 additional jobs, according to the company.

"Scotts Miracle-Gro was founded here in Marysville in 1868 and I am proud that the company's leaders have chosen to expand their commitment to this community and the state of Ohio," Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said at a ceremony to mark the expansion plans. "This has been one of Ohio's most successful companies for more than a century and I am hopeful this planned expansion will create new jobs and contribute to the overall success of our economy."

Expansion Spurred by EZ Seed Growth

After obtaining incentives from the state of Ohio and the city of Marysville, the company is adding capacity to its manufacturing facility in order to process a key ingredient in Scotts EZ Seed, one of its most successful new products ever, according to the company. The expansion of the Marysville facility will allow EZ Seed to be distributed nationally in 2010 and in Europe in 2011.

"The launch of EZ Seed was such a success this year that at times we had to scale back our advertising, because we couldn't make the product fast enough to keep up with consumer demand," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer. "We are confident that the expanded manufacturing capacity will allow EZ Seed to continue to be an important product offering for Scotts Miracle-Gro for years to come."

Ohio Offered Tax Credits, Grants

State assistance for the projects in Marysville and Orrville included two Job Creation Tax Credits, two Workforce Guarantee grants and a Roadwork Development grant to the city of Marysville, with a total value of nearly $500,000.

"These expansion efforts are the result of our continued success and reflect our optimism in the future," Hagedorn said. "They also speak to our commitment to being an important employer in central Ohio. I want to thank Gov. Strickland and his team, as well as Union County and Marysville officials, for their continued support of our business and helping us accomplish our goal of making these investments in our hometown."

Scotts employs more than 8,000 people worldwide, and about 1,500 people at its 730-acre Marysville campus, which houses the company's corporate headquarters, its North American consumer business, Scotts LawnService, an R&D center and the aforementioned manufacturing facility.

The new office building on the Marysville campus will open in 2010. The building will alleviate over-crowding in the existing headquarter facility and is designed to promote the type of creativity and collaboration needed in key areas such as marketing and product development, according to the company. The new building also will house expanded product and merchandising displays to be used in conjunction with key retail partners.

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