MIDDLETON TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) – A massive, new distribution facility for the cookware company Calphalon could soon come to Wood County. It potentially means the addition of dozens of new jobs, but it also means the city of Toledo will lose some of those workers.
Calphalon representatives told Wood County officials it plans to begin construction of the new facility next year. The company will move all of its distribution work into the 400,000 square foot building.
Just off of Route 25, an empty field in Middleton Township is already showing signs of an impending change. It is the planned site of a new distribution center for Calphalon.
"It's a company that was started by Wood County folks. It's a local, homegrown company, so it's nice to see them reinvest in the workforce here in northwest Ohio," said 7059.
The company currently manufactures cookware at a location in Perrysburg Township. Now Calphalon is planning to consolidate distribution under one very large roof. Calphalon will move 83 jobs to the facility, plus it plans to add up to 30 new jobs.
"In a tough economy like this, any time we have a company re-enforce the notion that they're going to keep jobs and hang onto their workforce, and then add to it, is fantastic news for local citizens," said 7059.
The commissioners signed off on a 15-year property tax abatement Thursday.
"It really is a good economic move for Calphalon and it means permanent jobs for our citizens for years to come," said 7059.
But Middleton Township, and Wood County's gain, is Toledo's loss. Calphalon plans to close two distribution sites it currently operates in the city.
Toledo officials said despite the loss, the administration supports Calphalon's decision and are glad the company is staying in the region.
"We try not to compete directly with our neighbors, but frankly that's part of the game, and we are very successfully attracting people into northwest Ohio and Toledo," said 3162.
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