Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:50
Not much new construction has sprung up in Wood County the last couple years, making the massive Calphalon distribution center north of Bowling Green quite noticeable on the landscape.
|Work continues on new Calphalon building near Rt. 25 and St. Rt. 582 just North of Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Calphalon, a company which manufactures cookware, is investing $11.3 million in the new site located on the east side of Ohio 25, just south of Ohio 582.
The 363,000-square-foot warehouse will employ the 83 people presently working at two Toledo sites, which will be closed once the new facility is open. Another 33 new jobs are expected to be created over the next five years at the new distribution site and the existing Calphalon manufacturing plant in Perrysburg Township.
"The building is going up quickly and looks great," said Wade Gottschalk, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission.
"I think it's great news," he said. "It's another feather in Wood County's cap, that it's a good place to do business."
In July, the Wood County commissioners voted to give Calphalon 100 percent abatement of real property tax for 15 years.
The new distribution center is a good sign for the future of the local manufacturing plant as well, Gottschalk told the county commissioners when they granted the tax abatement.
"This project is very important to Calphalon because it allows them to retain the Perrysburg Township manufacturing jobs," he said.
The new distribution center is about 12 miles from the manufacturing plant, "and will improve efficiency and service as we ship products to customers around the country," according to Connie Bryant, senior manager of public relations for Newell Rubbermaid, the parent company of Calphalon.
Construction began late this past summer and is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2013.
The decision to locate in Wood County came after a five-year study by Calphalon.
"We had several options," Cory Niekamp, manager of engineering at the Calphalon plant, said earlier this year.
Niekamp said the new distribution center, with its automated conveyor system, is "not just a warehouse."
In fact, the projected personal property investment in equipment is $5.4 million.
"This is a pretty big commitment for us," he said.
And it's a commitment to Calphalon's sole manufacturing location off Buck Road in Perrysburg Township, he said.
"The goal is to stay there," Niekamp said.
According to Bryant, the center will distribute Calphalon products globally, and will utilize a state-of-the-art automated sorting system to consolidate products for shipment.