Industries in BG set to expand
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:08
As Bowling Green's Electric Division upgrades capacity at its Dunbridge Road substation, several industries in the adjacent WoodBridge Business Park are planning expansions.
The substation project was triggered about 18 months ago by a massive expansion by Vehtek Systems, needs at Bowling Green State University and providing additional capacity for the future.
BG's Planning Department has issued a zoning permit for Vehtek Systems Inc. to add about 3,000 square feet for loading bays on the north side of its building.
Vehtek does Class A stamping, closures and welded sub-assemblies for the automotive industry.
The department is reviewing a plan from DOWA THT, America Inc. to add more than 38,000 square feet.
DOWA does commercial heat treating for auto parts, according to the BG Community Development web site.
A third company is also said to be planning an expansion but no details were available this morning.
Director of Public Works Brian O'Connell said the substation upgrades should be complete by late next summer at a cost of about $4.6 million.
He said Vehtek has already substantially increased the amount of electricity it uses as it brings new equipment on line.
The cost of the project is recouped over a period of years through the sale of electricity.
The BPU also:
• Approved the 2013 water and sewer capital improvements budget and the utility budget. The BPU and city council held a joint session earlier this month to review the budgets.
• Approved a revision of the financial and debt policy in an effort to improve the city's AMP-Ohio credit score from its present 91 (out of 100). The change could add two points, O'Connell said.
• Heard Wastewater Plant Superintendent Doug Clark report that he's waiting on a heavy rain to properly test the increased pumping capacity from the underground storage tank at Poe and Mercer roads.
• Learned the North Prospect Street waterline project will be finished in the next few weeks. Restoration of disturbed ground will wait until spring.
• Heard street light and traffic light installations associated with the North Main Street project are moving ahead but remain several weeks from completion.