Cintas seeks tax abatement for new warehouse at Woodside Northwest

Cintas Corp., a supplier and distributor of corporate identity uniform programs and other supplies, is seeking a tax abatement from the city for a planned distribution center in the Woodside Northwest Industrial Park.

The 10-year tax abatement is scheduled to go before Columbus City Council during its 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday. The $1.3 million, 17,500-square-foot building would be built by Prelude Investments LLC if the project advances, said Katy Cradick, branch manager with Cintas.

Prelude Investments LLC would own the facility, meaning Cintas Corp. would be responsible for all real estate taxes, building insurance and maintenance, said Robin Hilber, community development programs coordinator.

The company plans to make a $573,000 investment in new equipment over four years, Cradick said.

Cintas Corp. plans to retain 49 jobs as a result of the expansion and add three new jobs by 2021 with an hourly wage of $21.94 per hour, according to the company’s application filed with the city. The company’s current employees work on a facility located at 4300 E. 50 North in Columbus.

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