In 2008 the shipping company DHL Express held its distribution hub in the city of Wilmington. The shipping company left town and took with it 7,000 jobs from the area, depleting the city's economy. Many residents left town or were forced to scramble to find another job.
Larry Reinsmith, Director of Public Services for the city of Wilmington, purchased a downtown building months before DHL announced its closing.
“Then two months after we closed on it (the building) DHL says they were leaving town. So we had 20,000 ft. building there that we said what are we going to do with it?” said Reinsmith.
About six year later, the city is making its way back to economic recovery. Polaris moved its operation to the city. Alkemes Pharmaceuticals and Tembertech have both expanded, leading to new jobs.
"As soon as a business opens they are flooded with applications and resumes no what the business is," said former DHL employee, James Garner. "We have an O'Reilly Auto Parts coming into town and they have already staffed their store."
Reinsmith filled his empty building with a pizza shop called Cassano's. He says the city still needs to grow its local business, and he's just luck his tastes good. “It holds its own. We sell a lot of pie. It's a good pie,” Reinsmith said.
Tuesday night Ohio Gov., John Kasich, will be holding the State of the State Address in Wilmington.