Locust business expands in Ohio

United Protective Technologies (UPT), headquartered in Locust, has expanded with the addition of a new facility in Niles, Ohio. This new facility, at 704 Warren Ave., will support research, development and commercial production activities.

“This new facility in Niles will be instrumental in expanding our R&D and production capabilities for our growing customer base in the region. Access to talent, an advanced manufacturing base, and support from great organizations like JobsOhio, Team NEO, the City of Niles, the Youngstown Business Incubator, and the Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Research Innovation Institute, made locating our newest facility in Niles an easy decision. We look forward to great partnerships like these and more in the region for many years to come,” said Marty Efird, CEO, UPT.

“This new facility will allow us to better service our rapidly growing customer base in the Midwest region with shorter lead times and expanded capacity. We’re also excited about the opportunity to be invested in an area that places a priority on research, development, and advanced manufacturing,” added Doug Moulton, business development manager, UPT.

UPT will add 21 new jobs at the Niles facility. Staffing is expected to consist of a diverse mix of skill sets ranging from engineering to production staff, similar to UPT’s Locust headquarters.