Rowmark adding new building, jobs

By LOU WILIN
STAFF WRITER

Rowmark, a Findlay maker of plastic sheets for signs, plaques and other uses, plans to add 50 or more employees and construct an additional 65,302-square-foot building.

Construction, on Hamlet Drive just south of Hamlet Protein, and north of Guardian Automotive Products, 2040 Production Drive, should start in August and be finished in spring 2015, said Kurt Ohlrich, chief financial officer.

Rowmark, which employs 136, declined to report specifics about the new jobs, including how many it will hire. Rowmark’s building plans “state that the largest shift may have 50 employees,” the Hancock Regional Planning Commission reported. The agency reported that information to Findlay City Planning Commission, which approved Rowmark’s site plan on Thursday.

The building will be the new headquarters for Rowmark’s engravable sheet division’s operations, warehousing and administration. An existing building on Industrial Drive will be the manufacturing operation for Rowmark’s custom division, known in the thermoforming market as Premier Material Concepts.

Rowmark is owned by Bertram Capital, a private equity firm based in San Mateo, California.

Separately Thursday, the planning commission approved a site plan for a 14,550-square-foot addition for City Mission of Findlay, a homeless shelter at 510 W. Main Cross St. Its existing building is 5,664 square feet.

City Mission is in the middle of a fundraiser for the project and hopes to start construction in March 2015, said Phil Arnold, executive director. It also will be demolishing 1,404 square feet to help make room for the addition, which will include a bigger dining hall, kitchen, day center space, and chapel, lobby, offices and dorms.

The dining room will grow from 30 seats to 80. The number of beds for men will grow from 20 to 33; for women, from six beds to 20; and family units from two to five.

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