Jim Wyse, Archbold mayor, said Sanoh America’s Archbold plant now employs 48 workers, more than the 29 workers anticipated when the company announced it was coming to Archbold in January.
The company manufactures small-diameter tubing for the automotive industry in the former ITT Automotive Cooper Standard building on East Lugbill Road.
Cooper Standard closed its operations there in 2009.
Speaking to Archbold Village Council, Monday, Oct. 11, Wyse said the number of people working at Sanoh “is a positive sign.”
Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said he recently attended an open house at the plant. He had been in the plant before, but under Sanoh ownership, he found the facility “clean, well-lit, and well organized.
“It looks like a modern factory,” he said.
Sanoh American originally started as a joint venture between the Japanese firm Sanoh Industrial Company, Limited, and U.S. company ITT Industries.
In 2005 the joint venture was dissolved, with Sanoh taking ownership.
Revolving Loan Fund
In other business, Wyse, who also serves as president of Archbold CIC (Community Improvement Corporation,) said the CIC supported lending $400,000 to Ruralogic, an information technology company that plans to open an office in Archbold.
Wyse said the CIC revolving loan fund committee had worked through the loan agreement between CIC and Ruralogic.
While it was not necessary to bring the agreement to the full CIC board, “we wanted to make sure everybody was on board,” he said.
The CIC board members supported the loan, but did not take a formal vote during their Tuesday, Sept. 28 meeting.
Wyse said Tom Wylie of Northwest State Community College was on hand at the meeting. He said the first classes for potential Ruralogic employees have started.
Archbold is funding the $400,000 loan from its general fund.
Partially in connection with the Ruralogic loan, council approved an amended appropriation ordinance.
Howell said normally, the amended appropriation is done at the end of the year, but he said a couple of funds were “in the red.”
No new spending was approved. Howell said money was shifted from fund to fund to keep the books balanced.
There still will be an endof year appropriation modifi cation, but the amount should be small, he said.
Council authorized village officials to seek sealed bids for the rental of about 200 acres of farmland owned by the village known as “the reservoir property.”
In 1997, council purchased about 198 acres of property bordered on the west by the Stotzer Lane footpath, on the south by east Lutz Road, and on the east by Co. Rd. 22.
At the time, council planned to use the land for a new reservoir to store raw water for treatment. When purchased, officials estimated the village would need a new, additional reservoir in 10 to 15 years.
The land is rented on three-year contracts. Rodney Buehrer, Buehrer Farms, rural Stryker, won the bid to work the 189 tillable acres in August 2007.
He agreed to pay the village $131.20 per acre per year. He beat the secondhighest bidder by 20 cents per acre, about $38 overall.
Howell said he already has had contact from individuals interested in farming the land.
Council met behind closed doors in executive session for about 20 minutes. Also attending the meeting was Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief.
Stated reason for the secret session was personnel matters. No action resulted from the meeting when council returned to regular session.
All members were present; all votes were unanimous. Under a changed schedule, Archbold Village Council meets again Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 pm in council chambers.
Council will meet on the second and fourth Mondays in November, Nov. 8 and 22.
In December, council reverts back to its traditional first-and-third Monday schedule, Dec. 6 and 20.–David