Archbold, OH

Sanoh Gets State Grant, Will Hire More Workers

A spokesman for Sanoh America said the company will conduct “start-up” hiring through August at its Archbold plant.

Lance Garceau, company spokesman, said the firm is looking at adding about 19 more workers to the current headcount of 29.

Sanoh said in late January it would move into the former Fulton Tubing-ITT Automotive-Cooper Standard building on East Lugbill Road. Cooper Standard closed the 249,000 squarefoot building in 2009.

Since it first opened, the factory has turned out parts made from small-diameter tubing. Sanoh continues that heritage, making automotive fluid handling tubing such as brake lines and fuel lines.

Garceau said some production is underway at the plant, but the facility has not reached full production.

“We are getting the operation running ahead of the anticipated schedule,” Garceau said.

Tax Credits

The company, a subsidiary of Sanoh Japan, received a $60,000 Rapid Outreach grant from the State of Ohio.

The state controlling board authorized release of the money May 11.

In addition, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 45%, six-year Ohio Job Creation tax credit in support of the Sanoh project, and the Ohio Department of Development has committed to a $40,000 Workforce Guarantee grant.

The Village of Archbold approved an income tax credit program for Sanoh.

Under the agreement, Sanoh will receive a 100% credit for any new payroll tax paid to the village, up to $80,000 over the next five years.

The company will collect the village 1.5% payroll tax from its workers, but the money will either be applied to Sanoh’s corporate profits tax or be refunded to the company.

For the following five years, the company will receive a 75% credit, up to a $60,000 limit.

Other Grants

North Star BlueScope Steel, a steel recycling “mini mill” near Delta, received a $175,000 Rapid Outreach grant.

The Department of Development also approved a $250,000 Energy Efficiency for Manufacturers grant, and a $50,000 Workforce Guarantee grant.

North Star BlueScope plans to spend at least $4.4 million on new machinery and equipment. The grants help save more than 300 atrisk jobs.

Diehl Food Ingredients, Defiance, will create 25 fulltime jobs with the help of a $35,000 Rapid Outreach grant, plus a 50%, sevenyear Ohio Job Creation tax credit.

The grant money will assist in the purchase of machinery and equipment. The company also plans to renovate and add additional space to its facilities.

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