The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Food Industries Center (FIC) in 1982 with Dr. Wilbur A. Gould as acting director. The main objective of the FIC was to serve as an interface between the food industry and the Ohio State food programs. Since its inception, the FIC has served and supported established companies and entrepreneurs in Ohio by training students, demonstrating new technologies, and transferring knowledge in food processing and technology through short courses and workshops.