Columbus - 
White Castle Distributing, LLC received welcomed news this week as the state Controlling Board approved $12 million in funding for the construction of a new processing plant. The project is expected to significantly expand White Castle's operations in Southwest Ohio and bring about 100 new jobs to the Dayton area. Funding made available through a direct loan and the Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund will allow for the purchase of new machinery and the construction of a 74,000 square foot processing facility. The facilities will be owned by the Dayton Port Authority and leased to White Castle Distributing. "The creation and attraction of new jobs continues to be our top priority," said State Senator Peggy Lehner (R - Kettering). "A project like this creates new opportunities for our residents, while also allowing a valued company to further cement its presence in the Dayton area." White Castle Distributing, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of White Castle System, Inc, which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Established in 1986 to produce and sell frozen hamburgers to grocery stores, the company has expanded over the last several years. Since it was founded in 2001, the Dayton Port Authority has facilitated over $500 million in project funding. White Castle Distributing joins the likes of CareSource, Clopay, Abbott Labs, and the Dayton Regional Stem School as companies who have recently invested in the region through the Dayton Port.
Senator Lehner represents Ohio's 6th Senate District which includes a portion of Montgomery County. She currently serves as Chairwoman for the Senate Education Committee.
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