By LOU WILIN
LEIPSIC — Leipsic won an $856,050 grant Monday from the state to help pay for resurfacing a road that will be handling much more semi traffic from a Pro-Tec expansion.
The company, which coats and treats sheet steel for cars, will be building a $400 million plant addition in 2019 and adding 80 jobs with it. Pro-Tec currently employs 315.
Putnam County Road 5 will be repaved for $1.3 million to $1.5 million in 2020, said Leipsic Village Administrator Justin Barnhart. Resurfacing will be from U.S. 224 to Ohio 65.
In addition, a small road, Cross Creek Drive, which also gets semi traffic because it extends to Pro-Tec, also will be resurfaced. A total of about 7.5 miles of road will be resurfaced.
Besides the state contribution of $856,050, Putnam County will pay $350,000 and Leipsic will contribute $105,000. Van Buren Township also will pay a nominal amount, Barnhart said.
Pro-Tec’s addition will be for a new steel galvanizing line. The new line will coat steel that will help automakers manufacture economical, lightweight vehicles to meet increasing fuel efficiency requirements.
Pro-Tec was formed through a joint venture of its parent corporations, U.S. Steel and Kobe Steel of Japan.
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