Toledo young professionals react to Hickory Farms CEO

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Sam Melden the Director of Growth and Advancement at Leadership Toledo said he heard earlier this week that Hickory Farms is moving its headquarters from Toledo to Chicago.

13abc has reported that the company's CEO believes the move will help attract better employees.

Melden said he disagrees with the CEO's statement because there are some talented young professionals in our area.

"We all believe that any company can move anywhere they want. . . We have no problems with that," said Melden. "What we do have problems with however is when anyone wants to continue to perpetuate false narratives and tell old stories about our community."

At a press conference on Sunday, Melden brought together about a dozen young people who are making moves in the community.

"We've seen a huge rise in talent locally. It was a challenge 5, 7, 10 years ago with tech workers in this area, but now I think everyone grew up with the same internet and they have the same opportunities. So what we have here is a lower cost of living and hungry people frankly," said Josh Cooper a Partner of Whitelabel.

Whitelabel is a group of developers, designers, marketers and entrepreneurs who visually tell stories.

Stacey Jurich is proud of her small start-up called Boochy Mama's Probiotic Tonic that is located on 10th Street in downtown Toledo.

Jurich said, "all of our logo work, design work, marketing [and] web, I've been getting very talented Toledo artist to work on."

From entrepreneurs to those engaging people and inspiring change, members of Epic Toledo are leading companies and doing the work to bring more young individuals to our area.

"We have over 1,600 young professionals who are engaged with our program to provide networking, leadership, and professional development and giving them a voice within the Toledo region," Sara Swisher of Epic Toledo.

That is why they said they disagree with the Hickory Farms CEO.