Company moving to N.Baltimore
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:41
NORTH BALTIMORE - A new business is ready to relocate to the west of the village.
Willmar International Inc. has announced it has broken ground near the CSX intermodal ramp on Ohio 18.
The company secured in April last year 76 acres of land one mile west of the CSX entrance, but broke ground the end of last week.
The company, which has been in business since 1999, plans to move its Findlay headquarters to the Henry Township site. The firm currently employs six people; when the new structure is open, that number will go up, but the company does not know by how many at this time.
Willmar's international logistics and transload company plans to increase the utilization of the CSX intermodal ramp for international containerized shipments. With this new facility, Willmar will be the only remote local filing-approved licensed U.S. Customs broker and non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) in the area offering international shipping, transloading services, domestic shipping and warehousing.
Customs brokerage is a profession that involves the "clearing" of goods through customs barriers for importers and exporters (usually businesses). This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation and payment of taxes, duties and excises, and facilitating communication between government authorities and importers and exporters.
That means the company can clear cargo with U.S. Customs at any port of entry into the U.S., arrange the ocean and rail transportation from anywhere in the world, and distribute that cargo across the U.S.
According to the company's Web site, it can move and clear freight from "point A to point B anywhere in the world."
The completion date for the $2 million phase one project is early fall and will consist of a 32,000-square-foot building for offices and warehouse space. The facility will be designed to handle cargo in containers as well as flatbed products and a drive-in unloading/loading area.
Future expansion of the company is planned for the site, said Bill Martin, president of Willmar, this morning.
The company will retain some of property for expansion but will make other property available to other businesses to locate there, he added.
"We're pleased to be the first to build in relationship to the CSX intermodal ramp. We feel we're going to be a catalyst for that area in relation to intermodal shipments."
Willmar does a lot of shipments from Asia, both import and export, plus Australia and Europe.
Along with the project, managed by Clouse Construction, based in New Riegel, there will be an improvement project to Potter Road through the Wood County Port Authority and Ohio Job and Commerce.
The entire project will consist of zoned industrial/commercial lots including public utilities once completed.
It is significantly bigger than the company's location in Findlay, which houses just offices, said Martin.
Now, "we have partners in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus" to handle cargo, he said.
The plan had been to start construction last year, but part of the delay was rezoning the farmland and adding water and sewer to the site, Martin explained.
"People will be extremely pleased with what we're building up there," he stated.