GOV­ERN­MENT GRANTS RAISE HOPES FOR ADDING 850 JOBS

Com­mis­sion­ers will de­cide next week which com­pa­nies get funds.

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Gnau Staff Writer

The prom­ise of a For­tune 500 com­pany build­ing a new au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tion in the Day­ton area — as well as a Florida biomed­i­cal com­pany cre­at­ing more than 200 jobs — each drew a rec­om­men­da­tion for pub­lic de­vel­op­ment grants Fri­day.

A com­mit­tee is send­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions to Mont­gomery County com­mis­sion­ers, who will have the fi­nal say Thurs­day on which com­pa­nies re­ceive county ED/GE (Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment/ Gov­ern­ment Equity) money for moves or ex­pan­sions.

Code-named “Project Nora,” the com­mit­tee de­cided to rec­om­mend $250,000 to an as yet uniden­ti­fied For­tune 500 man­u­fac­turer that could build a 300,000-square-foot op­er­a­tion in Brookville, Day­ton or Union. Erik Collins, the county’s de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, told com­mit­tee mem­bers the com­pany could be in the area by late 2019 or early 2020.

“Nora” is set to re­ceive an­other $150,000 in the spring of 2019.

ED/GE fund­ing is awarded twice a year, in the fall and spring.

Tyler Tech­nolo­gies, which al­ready has a prop­erty ap­praisal and gov­ern­ment soft­ware of­fice in Mo­raine, was rec­om­mended for $250,000, with the prom­ise of 225 new jobs be­ing added to an ex­ist­ing 160 lo­cal jobs.

The big­gest batch of new jobs in the fall ED/GE fund­ing round would come from a Florida health com­pany, Ax­oGen Inc.

This sum­mer, Ax­oGen bought a Van­dalia in­dus­trial build­ing in the Scholz In­dus­trial Park. That project could cre­ate 228 new jobs, ac­cord­ing to the city of Van­dalia, which ap­plied for $350,000 in ED/GE money.

The ED/GE com­mit­tee rec­om­mended $250,000 for Ax­oGen, which is ex­pected to cre­ate jobs with an av­er­age an­nual salary of $41,200.

De­fense con­trac­tor JJR So­lu­tions is eye­ing a move from Pen­tagon Boule­vard in Beaver­creek to down­town Day­ton. The com­mit­tee rec­om­mended $120,000 to that com­pany and its prom­ise of 100 new jobs at an av­er­age an­nual salary of $90,000.

In Day­ton, met­als fin­isher Tech­metals Inc. sought $120,000 for an ex­pan­sion to re­tain 200 jobs and cre­ate 25 new ones. The com­mit­tee rec­om­mended the same amount.

In Mi­amis­burg, Ex­celi­tas Tech-

nolo­gies, a maker of op­to­elec­tron­ics and ad­vanced elec­tronic sys­tems, was rec­om­mended for $175,000 to ex­pand its ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity, adding 45 new jobs to 160 cur­rent jobs.

The code-named Project Stop 8 — again for a com­pany not yet iden­ti­fied — was rec­om­mended for $150,000 for a man­u­fac­tur­ing project in Van­dalia promis­ing 44 new jobs.

Ho­facker Pre­ci­sion Ma­chin­ing was rec­om­mended for $56,250 for three new man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in Brookville, while a jan­i­to­rial and floor care com­pany was rec­om­mended for $23,000 to up­grade a lo­ca­tion at 5134 Salem Ave.

ED/GE fund­ing is funded in part from coun­ty­wide sales taxes.

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