Orange County Insight November 2022

MPS Expanding in Orange County

Orange County is pleased to announce that MPS, a division of Macmillan Publishers, will invest $26+ million over the next three (3) years to expand its distribution operation in Orange County. Macmillan Publishers, based in New York, NY, is a global trade and higher education publishing company operating in over 70 countries, with imprints in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, and India. Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family - owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. MPS first opened its ’ doors in Orange County in 1997 and then expanded in 2000 to add their Returns Facility, located in the Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park. The Orange County distribution facility handles all distribution for the United States and Canada, and some international customers. This expansion is anticipated to create 10 new jobs over the next three (3) years. The Economic Development Authority incentivized MPS to expand its operations in the County by offering a $250,000 real estate and machinery and tools

performance tax grant, in exchange for their $26+ million investment. “ This is wonderful news for Orange County. MPS has been a valued corporate citizen for the past 25 years and we are so excited that they have chosen to invest in the community once again, ” noted Rose Deal, Economic Development Director. “ We could not be more appreciative of the Economic Development Authority ’ s generosity and support of our business efforts. This is an exciting opportunity for MPS to continue expanding our operations here in Orange County. We ’ ve enjoyed a strong relationship with this community and its leaders for the past 25 years and this project solidifies many more years of growth and partnership. ” noted a representative from MPS.

Orange County Announces New Airport Operations Manager

Orange County is pleased to announce that the role of Airport Manager will be filled by Paul Weber. Paul Weber is originally from Portland, Oregon. Mr. Weber started his career in the United States Marine Corps in 1983. During his tenure in the Marine Corps, Mr. Weber held many roles including running an airfield in Okinawa, Japan, preparing students as an Officer Instructor, and recruiting candidates for the Marine Corps. After serving twenty - three (23) years in the Marine Corps, Mr. Weber then began working as a Federal Government Employee and has worked with technology in various leadership roles. Mr. Weber received his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University as well as Master of Arts in History from Miami University.

In his free time, Mr. Weber works on projects around his house including restoring a 1940 LaSalle. Mr. Weber and his wife of twenty - nine (29) years love to travel and visit his six (6) kids who are staggered around the country. For more information, contact Stephanie Straub, Assistant County Administrator for Operations, at

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