Ohio is getting some national recognition for business development and job creation.
The Buckeye State ranked second in the country behind Texas last year for attracting new companies and business expansion. That's according to the annual list compiled by the business trade magazine Site Selection.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that several Ohio cities were recognized, too.
Columbus finished 10th among metropolitan areas with a population of at least 1 million people, and Cincinnati finished eighth.
State officials are looking optimistically at the number of new entities that filed to do business in Ohio in 2012. It's the third year in a row the number of new business filings increased over the previous year.
More than 88 thousand 'new business filings' came in last year, compared to 2011, in which just over 82,601 new entities filed with the Secretary of State, Jon Husted.
Bob Evans Farms Inc. says it will close two food production plants in Ohio next year and beef up its production at a Texas facility.
The Ohio-based restaurant and food company plans to shut down plants in Springfield and Bidwell in southern Ohio next summer as it focuses on convenience foods, packaged side dishes and other higher-growth opportunities.
The move will mean over 50 jobs lost in Springfield and will affect about 110 employees overall. The company says it will try to place some of them in other jobs with Bob Evans.