New distribution center to employ 425

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A grocery distribution center, eventually employing 425 people at an average wage of $57,000 per year, 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 across from Lowe’s Distribution Center, were approved Thursday by Findlay City Planning Commission.
Company representatives and local officials are not disclosing the company’s name 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 a 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 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. Besides the average $57,000 pay per year, employees will be offered health insurance and other benefits, she said.

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

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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