Carey is the home of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, a destination since 1875 for thousands of annual religious pilgrimages. Due to the village’s abundant quarries, National Lime and Stone Co. is one of Carey’s oldest and most productive industries, having been a part of the community since the early 1900s. The quarries produce a specific type of dolomitic limestone which is suitable not only for construction aggregate, but also for making specialized automotive glass and other products. Plus, over 160 small and large commercial entities also call Carey their home.
Carey takes local commerce seriously and recently completed a four year project to improve the appearance of the Downtown Business District. This joint project with the Ohio Department of Transportation Roadside Enhancement Grant Program, allowed the installation of underground wiring, vintage lights and light poles, permeable pavers for improved drainage of the sidewalks, pedestrian furniture and other enhancements to the general appearance of the village.
Currently, other major Carey industries such as Vaughn Industries and TransGlobal employ another 600+ people in manufacturing and the trades, but there are still plenty of commercial buildings and properties available for future growth. In fact, the new Arrowhead Commerce Park is being developed, with the first spec building having been recently erected.
Dependable Power for More Than 100 Years
Carey has a long history in public power, having owned and operated its own electric utility since 1909. The village has a diverse portfolio when it comes to power supply, including natural gas, coal, landfill gas, hydroelectric and the village will soon be home to Wyandot County’s 2nd Utility Scale Solar Array.
Carey Municipal Light and Power staff operates & maintains about 22 miles of electric lines, voltage regulators, transformers, arrestors, fuses & switches, which all help to keep local electric service reliable for over 1850 customers. Dual AEP delivery points also help us keep the lights on when others can’t.
As with any community, we sometimes suffer “growing pains”. To keep our industrial base productive, as well as competitive, we are in the process of several large upgrades to the electric system. A new substation, replacement of aging wooden poles in both feeds of our transmission lines, and the first step in a major voltage conversion project to eliminate stress on the existing distribution system. All of this being necessary to serve a new K-12 school (under construction), a 50,000 square foot expansion for Continental Structural Plastics (bringing 50 more new jobs) and the new Arrowhead Commerce Park on the southeast edge of the village.
We are proud to say that of all our utilities have untapped capacity for future growth and expansion. We are thankful to have a good supply of fresh drinking water from an abundant aquifer, serving the municipal water system, which dates back to the mid 1890’s.
And, as far as wastewater, we also have significant capacity for future growth, and even expansion capacity if it becomes necessary. Several major treatment upgrades and process changes have been made since the late 1930’s and the treatment processes have been improved as technology has developed.
All in all, it’s a nice place to call home. A good place to establish and grow a small business, and a solid location with a strong local workforce. Are you the next lucky person to find this little diamond in the rough?
For more information, please visit www.careyohio.org.