By LOU WILIN
Findlay’s luring of the $38 million McLane grocery distribution center has sparked interest from other companies looking for locations for new operations, said Tony Iriti, economic development director for the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance.
Besides the $38 million in construction costs for the building, McLane will be installing $80 million worth of equipment. The center eventually will employ 425.
“Success breeds success. It’s put us on the map,” Iriti said. Four other companies are considering Findlay for “substantial” projects, he said.
“It’s all good,” Iriti said. “Things are really looking up.”
Inquiries are far from a sure thing, of course. Other Ohio communities and seven other states are competing for one of the projects, he said.
But with the new industrial park, Tall Timbers West, soon to have a street and water and sewer service, it can be advertised as “shovel-ready.”
“You come in, you have the site ready to go. The public infrastructure is there. All you have to do is pick your site and extend the utilities,” Iriti said. “Ready to go.”
McLane will occupy 88 acres. An additional 225 acres remain south of Hancock County 212, east of Hancock County 18 and north of Bigelow Avenue.
A street to access the industrial park and the distribution center will be paid for by a $637,345 state grant and $112,655 from McLane, said Tim Mayle, assistant economic development director for the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance. McLane will spend an additional $387,345 for extension of water and sewer service to the new industrial park, benefiting future industrial park tenants.
McLane will make those expenditures out of its $3.75 million in property and sales tax savings, courtesy of Findlay and the Blanchard Valley Port Authority.
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