Van Wert County manufacturer expands manufacturing and jobs
Friday, December 13, 2013 7:00 PM
Times Bulletin Staff Report
Unverferth Manufacturing announced Friday that the company expects to add 15-20 new jobs as a result of expansion of its Delphos facility. The expansion will be built on the west side of the property shown above. (Photo submitted)
VAN WERT - More jobs are headed to Van Wert County.
Unverferth Manufacturing announced on Friday that they expect to add 15-20 new jobs as the result of a 70,000 sq. ft. expansion to its Delphos facility. The Delphos facility was chosen for expansion after an agreement was finalized with AEP Ohio for relocation of a section of subtransmission that crosses 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.
"Expansions such as this are made possible by the continued commitment of our employees in producing high-quality, in-demand products and with the cooperation of AEP and Van Wert County in encouraging our growth", stated Larry Unverferth, Director of Manufacturing Operations.AEP Ohio is providing Unverferth Manufacturing with an Economic Development RSP Grant totaling $100,000 to assist in the relocation of the power lines. 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.
"AEP Ohio is pleased to partner with Van Wert County in assisting Unverferth Manufacturing with their Delphos plant expansion" stated Tim Wells, AEP manager of economic & business development for Ohio. Other business incentives which made the expansion 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 (RGP) helped to make the project possible.
Van Wert County 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, Ohio. The Delphos expansion is designed to streamline production and meet customer demand.