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COLUMBUS – Governor John R. Kasich announced the approval of assistance for two projects set to create 575 jobs in Massillon, Fremont and Youngstown.

Earlier Tuesday, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority reviewed two economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Together, the projects are expected to result in more than $18 million in new payroll, and spur more than $46 million in investment across Ohio.

Projects approved by the TCA include:

H.J. Heinz Company, City of Massillon (Stark Co.) and City of Fremont (Sandusky Co.) expects to create 275 full-time positions generating $6.5 million in additional annual payroll and retaining $37.8 million in existing payroll as result of the company's expansion project in the City of Massillon (Stark Co.) and the City of Fremont (Sandusky Co.).

H.J. Heinz Company is a global U.S.-based food company, best known for its ketchup product. The TCA approved a 65 percent, nine-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

Network Solutions Provider, City of Youngstown (Mahoning Co.) expects to create 300 full-time positions, generating $12 million in additional annual payroll as a result of the company's new location project in the City of Youngstown (Mahoning Co.).

Network Solutions Provider provides pricing, product information and consultation for telecommunication equipment and internet services. The TCA approved a 60 percent, six-year Job Creation Tax Credit for this project.

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