Allen, Fulton, Lucas, and Ottawa counties each will receive funds from a state small cities program to help four businesses purchase and construct facilities. The $121 million in projects are expected to create a total of 146 jobs.
Allen County is to get $475,000 to help Buckeye Entertainment, of Lima, buy a 12,000-square-foot building as part of a $2.1 million investment to open a Chuck E. Cheese franchise, creating 30 jobs.
Fulton County will receive $500,000 to help Zinc and Iron Recycling of Ohio Inc. construct a 45,000-square-foot processing plant to make zinc concentrate and pig iron.
The $102.3 million project is to create 50 jobs.
Lucas County is to get $399,000 to help Kroger Co. build a 90,000-square-foot supermarket and gas station, at a cost of $16 million and creating 50 jobs, at State Rte. 64 and U.S. 24 in Waterville. Ottawa County will get a $199,000 grant to help Izach Corp. open Rayz Cafe in downtown Genoa. The 4,000-square-foot restaurant is to cost $648,190 and create 16 jobs.
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