Unverferth Manufacturing receive a $100,000 American Electric Power of OhioRSP Grant Wednesday. Participating in the presentation are, from left, Jim Bufulco, Randy Payne and Chuck Corbitt of AEP, Van Wert Economic and Community Development Director/OSU Extension Cindy Leis; Unverferth of Delphos Plant Manager Dave Unverferth; Delphos Safety Service Director Shane Coleman; and John Recker of Regional Growth Partnership. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Unverferth Manufacturing receive a $100,000 American Electric Power of OhioRSP Grant Wednesday. Participating in the presentation are, from left, Jim Bufulco, Randy Payne and Chuck Corbitt of AEP, Van Wert Economic and Community Development Director/OSU Extension Cindy Leis; Unverferth of Delphos Plant Manager Dave Unverferth; Delphos Safety Service Director Shane Coleman; and John Recker of Regional Growth Partnership. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

DELPHOS — Unverferth Manufacturing received an Economic Development Rate Stabilization Plan Grant totaling $100,000 on Wednesday to assist in the relocation of power lines on the Delphos property.

The power lines were moved for a 70,000-square-foot expansion to the Delphos facility.

The facility was chosen for expansion after an agreement was finalized with AEP Ohio for relocation of a section of subtransmission that crossed the west side of the Unverferth property, which is where the addition will be located. New machinery and equipment will be added in the expanded area.

The RSP Grant program provides financial assistance to new and existing industries for projects that create and retain jobs and generate new investment within the AEP Ohio service territory.



The 70,000-square-foot addition is underway.

“We hope to get the new building closed in in the next two weeks, weather permitting,” Delphos Plant Manager Dave Unverferth said Wednesday. “We have a finish date of Sept. 1 and the new addition will house 70 percent manufacturing and 30 percent warehouse storage.”

Unverferth said the new building will allow the business to spread out production for more efficiency.

Unverferth also announced the purchase of 6 3/4 acres of property that formally hosted Huffy Manufacturing and 7 acres of adjacent farm land on the south side of St. Rd. 697 across the road from the facility.

“We will be tearing the buildings down so the property is no longer an eyesore and that will allow us to expand our outside storage,” Unverferth said.

Other business incentives which made the expansion at the facility attractive for the Delphos plant was a Van Wert County Enterprise Zone Tax Exemption for real property tax and a JobsOhio grant coordinated by Regional Growth Partnership helped to make the project possible.

Unverferth was granted a 10-year, 90-percent tax abatement by Delphos City Schools in late November for expansion project.

Van Wert Economic Development Director Cindy Leis said she is pleased to see business retention and expansion in the county and expects additional economic improvements throughout the county in 2014.

Unverferth Manufacturing has been serving American farm operations since 1948 with tillage equipment, pull-type sprayers, hay, seed and grain handling equipment, and agricultural dual and specialty wheels. The company is based in Kalida, Ohio, with additional plants located in Shell Rock, Iowa and Delphos.