front – Motion-control robots laid the foundation for a multi-million dollar expansion project On Friday, they welcomed Governor Mike DeWine to its factory in Fremont as the company looks to keep pace with growing demand for its manufacturing services.
The company now has 72 employees, and the expansion project is expected to create 18 full-time jobs over the next three years, generating $1.2 million in new annual payroll while retaining $4.9 million in existing payroll.
The expansion will add 25,500 square feet of space in addition to 1,300 square feet of offices.
The company also held a retirement party for co-founder Tim Ellenberger, who founded the company with Scott Lang, president of Motion Controls, in 1995.
Governor DeWine praises educational institutions in Northwest Ohio
DeWine arrived at Fremont and spoke briefly at the groundbreaking ceremony about the things that come together for Ohio’s high-tech manufacturing sector and the importance of partnerships between private companies, educational institutions, and career centers.
“This is our time in Ohio. This is our time for growth,” DeWine said.
DeWine mentioned Terra State Community College, the Vanguard Sentinel Center for Jobs and Technology, and the University of Toledo among the region’s most important educational partners.
He was due to visit the Tiffin campus in Vanguard later on Friday.
After the groundbreaking ceremony, DeWine said Ohio has created a strong business environment with low tax rates, while keeping the state’s transportation infrastructure in good shape.
Pandemic hastened the resettlement by many US companies
DeWine said the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the resupply process, as US companies have brought back suppliers and realized they cannot rely on China to maintain a reliable supply chain.
DeWine described Ohio as being in a prime location to welcome new businesses with its business climate and access to roads and railroads.
The governor said he wants to make sure that students who graduated from Northwest Ohio high schools know about their postgraduate education options and have the opportunity to get good jobs.
Over the past five years, Lang said, the company’s systems volume has grown from $250,000 in projects to jobs with price tags between $1 million and $2 million.
Motion Controls manufactures robotic case packing, automated palletizing and machine care; extensive robotic filling and handling systems; Vision Guided Systems Robotic Simulation AVG Systems and Intelligent Robotic Systems.
Robotics company needs space for bigger projects
The industries it serves include food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing.
When Motion Controls works on those $1 million to $2 million systems, Lang said, they take up a very large square foot of space at the company’s facility.
The expansion will provide much-needed space for those larger projects.
“This will allow us to fully create these larger systems,” Lang said.
The Ohio Department of Development announced in August that the state Tax Credit Authority (TCA) had approved assistance for seven projects, including the Motion Control expansion.
The TCA approved a job creation tax credit of 1.198% for a period of six years for the motion control project.
Lang said the company, like most businesses in Sandusky County and northwest Ohio, is still feeling the impact of the regional labor shortage.
To find employees, Motion Controls is working with Vanguard, Terra State, and the University of Toledo to get students into the Fremont facility early through co-ops and apprenticeships.
Business partners become best friends
Lang said he and Ellenberger became good friends after they started Motion Controls in 1995.
“In the early years, he was the face of the company. We will definitely miss him,” Lang said of Ellenberger.
Ellenberger said his retirement from Motion Controls marked the beginning of a new chapter in his life.
He praised Motion Controls employees and community support for the opportunities he has enjoyed during his 27 years with the company.
“I am fortunate to have had these opportunities,” said Ellenberger.
Ellenberger said that in retirement he plans to remain active and involved in the community and on local councils.
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