McLane gets tax credit for new distribution center

McLane Co., which will open a distribution center on Findlay’s north end in 2016, eventually employing 425, won a $3.6 million job creation tax credit Tuesday from the state.

The grocery supplier for convenience stores, mass merchants, drugstores and chain restaurants will pay an average wage of $57,000 per year plus benefits. It plans to build a $38 million, 337,831-square-foot distribution center south of Hancock County 212 and across from Lowe’s Distribution Center.

“This is not your father’s distribution center,” said Tony Iriti, Findlay-Hancock County economic development director.

It will be highly automated, with engineers and other technical workers operating $80 million worth of machinery and equipment, he said.

Construction likely will start this summer, said McLane officials.

“We’re thrilled that Findlay, Ohio, will be home to our 22nd grocery distribution center within our nationwide network,” said Mike Youngblood, president of McLane Grocery. “The values and work ethic of the community fit perfectly with McLane. The invaluable assistance of state and local officials was one of the primary reasons in selecting Ohio as our new home. Their focus on promoting a business-friendly environment was a critical part of our selection process.”

The distribution center will serve grocery stores in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It is expected to open in March 2016 and ramp up to 425 employees within two to three years. To keep its tax credit, it must keep operating in Findlay for at least 11 years.

A 1,400- to 1,500-foot street, enabling access to the distribution center from Hancock County 212, will be built. Plans are for the street to be funded by the state and the company, said Tim Mayle, assistant Hancock County economic development director.

The street will be directly across from the driveway to Lowe’s Distribution Center, where a traffic signal now is located.

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