Ottawa County: Businesses awarded inclusion grants

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Staff Writer

Recently, four Ottawa County businesses were awarded a JobsOhio Inclusion Grant.
Pristine Marine is a disabled, veteran-owned business located in Port Clinton. Pristine Marine offers a range of services including upholstery and canvas, as well as a wide variety of marine flooring options from SeaDek, Gator Step, and Corinthian snap-in carpet.
Their work is done with state-of-the art equipment to ensure a tight factory look.
“The Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) helped Pristine Marine increase our capability to serve Ottawa County’s boating community,” stated Michael McGlothlin, owner. “Not only did they help us increase speed but also the quality of products we provide.”
Lateral Gig is a female-owned contract screen printing company, producing high quality prints at large quantities. Lateral Gig creates all screen printed and engraved marketing products in house. The business opened in 2017 in downtown Port Clinton.
Quikstir, Inc. was founded in 1954 and manufactures mixers of various sizes and capacity. Later, there was a need in the industry for the mechanical application (or spraying) of the industrial coatings that the mixers were mixing.
In 1968, Quikspray, Inc. was established as the manufacturer of the applicators. Today, Quikstir Inc./Quikspray Inc. products are marketed and distributed worldwide.
“OCIC and JobsOhio made the grant process simple and straightforward,” stated Leah Barker, Sales and Marketing Specialist for Quikstir Inc./Quikspray Inc. “The team that I worked with made the application process easy and we look forward to our upcoming project."
Legacy Canvas Unlimited specializes in custom canvas repair and replacement for marine, residential, and commercial needs. The company was opened in 2018 by Brenda Smith.
“As a small, local business, women-owned and operated, the funds are an important, sustainable investment in the infrastructure of my business, creating two jobs that will be necessary to support expansion and advancement due to the introduction of technology into our fabrication process,” stated Smith, owner.
The use of technology is on the cutting edge in the global marine canvas covers industry.
“Without assistance from the JobsOhio grant, the investment and commitment necessary to see this project to completion might not be possible,” Smith said. “The assistance frees up funds that would otherwise be needed in areas of the business such as payroll and operating expenses but can now be applied to an innovative approach to improving our efficiency and accuracy. This will result in a more effective effort in meeting the extensive demands of the marine market in our area.”
JobsOhio created the Inclusion Grant in June 2020. It aims to provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and for businesses owned by under represented populations across the state.
“Small businesses can be an important spark that attracts growth in communities that have played a vital role in Ohio’s success story,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio President and CEO. “These inclusion grants can spur more opportunity for four creative and dynamic small businesses that can improve commerce and vibrancy of communities in Ottawa County.”

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