Lindal decides on 77-acre expansion site

City leaders have approved a tax abatement that will allow a Columbus manufacturer to move forward with an expansion project.

Columbus City Council last week approved an economic revitalization area and 10-year tax abatement after a request was made from Lindal North America Inc regarding plans for 77 acres of land designated as the Booher extension, which is south of Deaver Road and east of County Road 300W.

The move will allow the company to move ahead with its plans to build a 100,000-square-foot building estimated to cost $5.7 million. Lindal manufactures aerosol valves and actuators for the automotive industry.

Lindal was looking at two separate properties at Woodside Northwest Industrial Park, but had not decided earlier this month which site it was going to select. Council members approved a tax abatement for another piece of property currently designated as an ERA the company was also considering.

Robin Hilber, community development programs coordinator, told council members that Lindal has chosen the Booher extension for the project. The company plans to make an $11.7 million investment in manufacturing equipment that will retain 65 jobs and add 30 new jobs over the next three years.

Pay range for those jobs are $22 to $25 per hour. The city council gave Lindal a 10-year tax abatement May 19, 2015, to purchase $32.5 million in new manufacturing equipment to launch several new actuator products, including those used for Cutter insect spray and a new straw and trigger for Dow’s Great Stuff, a foam insulating sealant.

Lindal has locations throughout Europe and South America and a facility in Mexico. The Columbus location is the company’s only production facility in the United States.

Jerry Miller, managing director for Lindal North America, said the company plans to break ground on the project in the spring with construction expected to take about nine months.

Council members also approved an ordinance after a request was made from Indusites to rezone nearly 18 acres of property from industrial light to industrial heavy and an additional 15 acres to commercial regional. The parcels are located on both sides of International Drive.

Future commercial development along State Route 58 and industrial growth near the Woodside Industrial Park are two key areas tied to a plan to market the area for those uses.

What's next

Lindal North America Inc. expects to break ground in the spring on its plan to build a 100,000-square-foot building estimated to cost $5.7 million. The company, which manufactures aerosol valves and actuators for the automotive industry, plans to retain 65 jobs and add 30 new jobs over the next three years.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com