Two Columbus manufacturers have received tax incentives from the city that will allow them to expand their operations and add a combined 44 more workers.
Columbus City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to grant 10-year tax abatement requests from Lindal North America Inc. and Tallman Equipment Co. Inc. City Councilwoman Elaine Wagner did not attend the meeting.
The larger of the two proposals considered by council members came from Lindal, which hopes to break ground in January to build a 100,000-square-foot building estimated to cost $5.7 million. The company plans to add an additional $11.7 million in new manufacturing equipment, according to its abatement application.
The expansion would allow Lindal, which manufactures aerosol valves and actuators for the automotive industry, to retain 65 jobs and add 30 new ones during the next three years.
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Pay range for those jobs was listed at $22 to $25 per hour.
The company is looking at two separate properties at Woodside Northwest Industrial Park for the project, according to the city.
One of the properties being considered by Lindal has been designated as an economic revitalization area by the city, while the other has been not. Council members approved a tax abatement for the property currently designated as an economic revitalization area.
Council members also approved a declaration for the second property as an economic revitalization area, but community development programs coordinator Robin Hilber said the council will have to formally approve that at its Dec. 20 meeting. A tax abatement also will have to be approved as well, she said. However, those two items won’t be considered if Lindal chooses to go with the property already properly designated.
Lindal expects to make a decision by the end of the week on where it intends to construct its new building, Hilber said.
Council members also signaled their support for a 10-year tax abatement for Tallman Equipment Company Inc.
The company plans a 68,800-square-foot expansion at its headquarters at 6440 S. International Drive. The firm specializes in the national sale, distribution and repair of tools used in the construction and maintenance of electrical transmission and distribution systems.
Tallman is planning a $3.4 million expansion and an investment of $430,000 in equipment. The company currently has five employees and plans to add 14 jobs by January 2018 with an expected hourly wage of $27.12.
The project will accommodate additional warehouse space, increased space for the repair and assembly of tools and equipment, and the installation of jumper grounds testing and other testing facilities used in the electric utility industry, said Scott C. Andrews, an attorney representing Tallman.