Business View Civil & Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 11

5 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 11 O p e n i n g L i n e s RURAL KING TO BRING NORTH AMERICAN IMPORT AND EXPAND OPERATIONS INWAVERLY, OHIO R ural King, ‘America’s Farm and Home Store’, based in Mattoon, Illinois, recently announced plans to expand current operations in southern Ohio, alongside JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), the Ohio Development Services Agency, and Pike County Economic & Community Development. The family-owned business will invest more than $33 million to purchase and renovate the Jackson Building, a 1 million-square-foot warehouse located outside of Waverly in the Zahn’s Corner Industrial Park, along with the purchase of new machinery and equipment. Company officials say 200 new jobs will be created with the expansion of operations in Pike County. Rural King currently employs over 500 non-retail employees in its Waverly operations. The company will be expanding their distribution capacity and RK Tractor manufacturing operations in Pike County. This expansion will also make southern Ohio the home to Rural King’s North American Import Facility. Rural King currently operates 128 stores in 13 states. “We are appreciative of the strong support we have received from JobsOhio, Pike County, the City of Waverly, OhioSE, and SODI since establishing