Tallmadge creates new businesses and sustains the economy


Tallmadge’s business community remained stable in 2021, with very little turnover, town officials reported.

The city has, however, welcomed a few new businesses in a variety of different sectors, from hair supply to oil services.

“Our business is doing extremely well,” Mayor David Kline said. “Obviously I still see signs of employment and businesses need to hire, but that’s nationwide. I think our restaurants are struggling a bit with labor, but overall I think there aren’t many vacancies in town, and when a building is empty we get phone calls and it fills up soon.”

As of Jan. 5, the city had only 10,600 square feet of industrial space and 43.8 acres of available industrial land, Economic Development Director Matt Springer said. There is also 54,258 square feet available for commercial space, of which approximately 67% is retail and 32% office. There are 23.47 acres of vacant commercial land.

Springer speculated that the vacant lot is moving slowly due to delays due to rising material costs.

Here’s a look at some of the companies that came to Tallmadge last year:

Goodwill Industries501 South Ave., returned to Tallmadge in December after closing its Midway Plaza location in 2020. As expected, the new store next to Planet Fitness is smaller than its old location.

Following:Goodwill finds a new home in Tallmadge

jet pack, 285 Northeast Ave., an Akron-based vitamin/nutrient distribution center, maintains its headquarters in Akron, but purchased the former Waltco building and 4.4 acres across the street in July for expand the rapidly growing business. The Tallmadge space will house its manufacturing, distribution and fulfillment operations. Jetpack completed the move on December 6 and is now operational.

Following:Jetpack is renovating the Waltco building and already planning bigger expansion in Tallmadge

Tierra Brown of The Wig Hive and Denise Watkins of Diamond District hold a mannequin with a wig in the brow room of their combo shop in September.

Diamond District meets the Wig Hive, 71 West Ave., celebrated its grand opening in September. The beauty salon is a collaboration between Tierra Brown and Denise Watkins, two Akron women who create and install custom wigs.

Following:‘Do you want to do my hair?’ Female entrepreneurs collaborate on one-stop hairdressing shop in Tallmadge

Minnix Auto Sales, 431 West Ave., Unit A, is a family-owned used car dealership that opened in April. Zac Minnix, who previously ran car dealerships, and his father David, a retired businessman, had been talking about starting a business together for 10 years, and finally started looking for a space about two years ago.

hugue baker, 184 South Ave., an oil service company, opened a regional headquarters in Massillon in 2013, but moved to Tallmadge after the building was sold to Frito Lay for distribution. The 108-acre Massillon site was listed in February for $6.25 million. Baker Hughes’ new 25,800 square foot home in Tallmadge was previously occupied by Kyoto Cooling.

Springer said Baker Hughes moved about 22 employees into the Tallmadge space with an average salary of about $90,000.

Following:Industrial buildings, 108 acres for sale at $6.25 million in southeast Massillon

Ambulatory Foot Surgeons of Akron, 20 South Ave., opened its third location in Tallmadge in April 2021. Dr. Jeremy Davis works there Wednesdays and Fridays and is the only doctor on site. He worked under Dr. David Elliot, the former operator of the Tallmadge practice.

Valley Smoke Shop, 294 West Ave. opened in Tallmadge in December. This is the company’s third site.

Journalist Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, kkano@thebeaconjournal.com or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.


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