Huntington Bancshares Inc. is ramping up its small-business lending by committing to lend up to $1 billion to Ohio companies over the next three years in partnership with the state.

Stephen Steinour, Huntington's chief executive officer, said the plan will give his Columbus company access to new, relatively low-risk customers: local companies with $400 million or less of annual revenue that are looking to borrow money to make acquisitions or launch products, among other things.

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