New grocery distribution center bringing 425 jobs to Findlay

A grocery distribution center, eventually employing 425 at $57,000 per year on average, will be built on Findlay’s north end by 2016.

Plans for the $38 million, 337,831-square-foot distribution center, south of Hancock County 212 and west of Hancock County 18, were approved today by Findlay City Planning Commission. Company representatives and local officials are not disclosing the company’s identity for a few weeks while the company seeks financial incentives from state government.

The distribution center, on 88 acres, will become the first development in the new 350-acre industrial park, Tall Timbers West. Besides being bounded by Hancock County 212 on the north and Hancock County 18 on the east, Tall Timbers West is bounded on the south by Bigelow Avenue.

The distribution center will be highly automated, employing some engineers and other technical workers operating machines, said Chris Schmenk, senior counsel for law firm Bricker & Eckler, Columbus.

The distribution center is expected to be operating by March 2016. It will take about two to three years to ramp up to 425 employees, Schmenk said.

The distribution center will serve stores in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, Schmenk said.

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