Member Highlight – Henry Township
Henry Township in southern Wood County is one of the newest TMACOG members. The township is home to about 4,000 people, most of them living in and near the villages of North Baltimore and Cygnet. Primary sources of employment are fabricating, tooling, and other industrial manufacturing businesses which support automotive and glass industries.
The newest enterprise in the township is the National Gateway Northwest Ohio Intermodal Terminal near North Baltimore. This terminal is part of a multi-state rail plan being developed to route freight by rail more efficiently from seaports along the east coast to the interior of the U.S.
Plans call for full operation at the intermodal terminal by 2011 with employment for more than 200 people. There is a potential for more than 2,600 jobs as related businesses grow around the facility. To facilitate safe development of a growing freight and logistics operation in the county, TMACOG is working to study road and highway use in the area. John Stewart, chair of Henry Township trustees and secretary/treasurer of the Wood County Township Association says that the township voted to join TMACOG to keep updated on highway and rail projects in and around the county. The trustees are also participating in discussions about proposed changes to SR 18 near the terminal. Stewart added, “TMACOG is a great asset to Henry Township. We can clearly see the benefits of membership.”
For more information about the national gateway, click here.