Amware Dis­tri­bu­tion ex­pands into com­mu­nity

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Bri­ana Con­tr­eras

Elyria City Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee voted May 14 to al­low Amware Dis­tri­bu­tion Ware­houses to con­tinue its growth in Lorain County.

The na­tional dis­trib­u­tor of prod­ucts and ware­house com­pany has looked to ex­pand from its sur­round­ing Cleveland area lo­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to Brad Mullins, Amware’s chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer.

Mullins said the com­pany’s ex­pan­sion in Lorain County will cre­ate eas­ier ac­cess to clients.

In April, Amware found a home for a new fa­cil­ity on Mal­lard Run in Sh­effield Vil­lage.

Now, the com­pany will have two fa­cil­i­ties of their own in Elyria.

The Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee ap­proved the com­pany for an En­ter­prize Zone Tax Abate­ment Agree­ment to make way at the for­mer Rid­dell fa­cil­ity, 669 Sugar Lane.

Amware also is look­ing to take over the for­mer 3M build­ing at 1301 Low­ell St., but the com­mit­tee will not vote on the abate­ment agree­ment until later this month.

Mullins said the com­pany is grow­ing be­tween its lo­ca­tions at Brook Park and West­lake.

Amware needed more space for in­ven­tory due to its in­crease of clients, he said.

Elyria is cen­trally lo­cated and the area is con­ve­nient with trans­porta­tion from the Ohio Turn­pike, state Route 2 and other sur­round­ing high­ways that all are in reach to ship freight, Mullins said.

“We were look­ing for the eas­i­est ac­cess of the build­ings which were avail­able,” he said. “There’s not a lot of in­dus­trial space that’s avail­able right now, any­where.”

Mayor Holly Brinda said Amware is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for the city.

Brinda and Mullins said the com­pany is grow­ing and in­vest­ing.

Amware is leas­ing each Elyria lo­ca­tion to get a head-start on pro­duc­tion, but will pur­chase each fa­cil­ity af­ter the tax abate­ments are passed, Mullins said.

Each lo­ca­tion will have a 10-year, 75 per­cent abate­ment and are look­ing to hire five full-time and 20 part-time po­si­tions at both fa­cil­i­ties within the next year.

Ac­cord­ing to Amware’s web­site, the com­pany can reach over 80 per­cent of Amer­ica’s do­mes­tic and foreign ex­port mar­ket pop­u­la­tion within 500 miles.

“We’re ex­cited,” Mullins said. “I’m ex­cited to be do­ing things in Lorain County.

“Most of my ca­reer has been work­ing out­side (of Ohio mar­kets). I’m re­ally ex­cited for what’s com­ing back to Lorain County and get­ting start­ing in Sh­effield and Elyria to see where they im­prove.”

In other news, Coun­cil’s Fi­nance Com­mit­tee re­duced the cost of plan review fees by 50 per­cent to as­sist the Elyria School Dis­trict with the con­struc­tion of its new schools.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee, the dis­trict will only be charged for the re-sub­mis­sion of plans.

At-Large Coun­cil­man Jack Baird made a mo­tion to as­sist the dis­trict in a 50 per­cent de­duc­tion of plan review fees and build­ing per­mit fees.

Also, a re­quest to waive all re-in­spec­tion fees was made.

The mat­ter to help the school dis­trict by mak­ing a de­duc­tion has been dis­cussed for mul­ti­ple weeks.

The plan to cut costs was dis­cussed at the last Fi­nance Meet­ing on April 30 and led to a bit of con­fu­sion and de­bate.

Dur­ing the May 14 meet­ing, mem­bers were more clear and on board with the plan.

Ward 5 Coun­cil­man Mar­cus Madi­son thanked the com­mit­tee for help­ing the city and dis­trict move for­ward.

Baird said he was glad that ev­ery­one came to­gether on the de­ci­sion.

He rec­og­nized Brinda for putting the plan to­gether and through the help of the com­mit­tee, they were able to prop­erly ad­just it for the city and the school dis­trict.

“(We) did a good job to move for­ward for our city and schools,” Baird said.

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