$5.4M undertaking breaks floor in Lewis Heart

LEWIS CENTER — WIKA Sensor Know-how broke floor Tuesday afternoon on a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility within the Creekside Enterprise Park on the finish of Corduroy Street in Orange Township.

Basic Supervisor Steve McCullough mentioned the corporate’s 32 workers are at the moment understanding of Worthington, however ought to be capable to transfer into the finished constructing in July. The additional house will enable the corporate so as to add 15 new manufacturing jobs, he mentioned. Unfold over 14 acres, there may be future capability for the constructing to be expanded to 100,000-square-feet, and including as much as 45 extra extra jobs.

“Increasing our bodily footprint and native workforce in central Ohio is essential for WIKA to maintain tempo with our development, significantly in aerospace,” McCullough mentioned. “We now have the information and talent set accessible within the Columbus area, so increasing our footprint, manufacturing capabilities, and gifted workforce right here will place us to raised serve our key market areas successfully.”

Between the land and building, the funding within the space is $5.4 million, mentioned Todd Gardner, president and head of Americas, WIKA Group. He mentioned he’s lucky to work for a corporation that believes in proudly owning its personal constructing and tools. He mentioned WIKA was based in Germany 75 years in the past.

Glenn Richardson, managing director of superior manufacturing, aerospace and aviation for JobsOhio, mentioned WIKA is an Trade 4.0 firm that may assist regionally. He mentioned the enterprise may have relocated to its American headquarters in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

“We appreciated the way in which you worth the expertise of our workforce,” Richardson informed WIKA representatives throughout the ceremony. “We’re going to proceed to stroll this path with you.”

Delaware County Commissioner Gary Merrell mentioned he was working the polls on Election Day, however he felt it was that essential to be readily available for the groundbreaking.

“You’re going to be a terrific addition to this county,” he mentioned.

Citing the expansion of Delaware County, Commissioner Jeff Benton mentioned WIKA is a part of the county’s sensible development technique to draw companies and diversify its tax base at shovel-ready websites just like the enterprise park.

“We’re thrilled that WIKA Sensor Know-how is sort of doubling the scale of its Delaware County workforce and bringing that development to Creekside Enterprise Park,” mentioned Delaware County Financial Improvement Administrator Rob Platte, in a press release. “The constructive affect of this funding will increase employment alternatives for our neighborhood and additional strengthen our manufacturing ecosystem.”

“With expertise from Ohio, WIKA is quickly rising manufacturing of sensor know-how, which is crucial to enhancing efficiencies and security in aerospace and different industries,” mentioned JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef, in a press release. “WIKA’s new, cutting-edge facility within the Columbus Area is an instance of the main position Ohio will play as sensor manufacturing know-how continues to evolve and is extra proof that Ohio’s manufacturing business and workforce is experiencing a generational resurgence.”

A press launch saying the occasion states, “The WIKA Group has constantly superior instrumentation for strain, temperature, degree, circulate, and pressure measurement. Leveraging a long time of expertise, we developed a broad choice of inventory and customized instrumentation in addition to engineering providers to help plant security, productiveness, and profitability. A world chief in lean manufacturing, the WIKA Group has manufacturing places across the globe, which allows flexibility and the flexibility to satisfy excessive supply calls for.”

Officers with WIKA Sensor Know-how take part in a groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon at its new facility on Corduroy Street in Lewis Heart.

Gary Budzak could also be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

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