TIFFIN — A Findlay firm will open a new facility in Tiffin this spring.
MBDS will locate at the former Tiffin Insulators, 981 Tyber Road, and will be operating by spring.
The announcement was made Monday night after Tiffin City Council approved the use of the city’s New Jobs Program for MBDS.
The company expects to hire 29 employees in its first year and invest over $100,000 in the operation, according to Nick Dutro, development manager for industry and community development with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.
Dutro said the New Jobs Program — officially the Municipal Income Jobs Creation Tax Credit program — was started by City Council in 2013 to attract manufacturing, distribution and service projects where 10 or more new jobs would be created in a three-year period; the average wage is more than 150% of the federal minimum wage; and the annual payroll will increase by more than $660,000.
Dutro said the amount of the five-year credit is based on a percentage — up to 50% — of new personal income taxes collected from qualifying new jobs.
Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership reports MBDS (Manufacturing Business Development Solutions) is a multi-million dollar company that was established in 2003 and supplies products for the major appliance industries and automotive companies such as Honda, Nissan and Toyota.
The company is headquartered in Findlay with a second campus in Upper Sandusky and employs 55 people in the region.
Additional local incentives for the project include the potential for workforce development grants through OhioMeansJobs-Seneca County, and a pre-existing Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption on the Tiffin Insulators property.
“We are excited to be making Tiffin the location of our third campus and completing our Trinity Project,” said Brian Robertson, president of MBDS, in a news release.
“The workforce and local support helped us make the decision to open in Seneca County.”
“I’m proud that Brian Robertson has chosen Tiffin as the new campus for MBDS and that our manufacturing community continues to grow in Tiffin,” said Mayor Aaron Montz.
“This is a further result of all the great things in our community.”
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