New auto supply manufacturer to create 80 jobs in Oregon

Kelly J. Kaczala

         An auto supply manufacturer will be moving to Oregon in the fall, with the creation of about 80 full-time jobs.
        Adler Pelzer Group (APG) will generate $3.5 million in new annual payroll for the city.
        The company manufactures acoustics and thermal components and systems for the automotive sector. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) approved a 1.293 percent, seven year Job Creation Tax Credit for the project, according to Gov. Mike DeWine’s office last week.
        The company will take over a 100,000-square-foot facility at Wynn and Cedar Point roads, where Autoneum, an auto supply manufacturing plant, was located. Autoneum expanded and no longer needed the facility at the site, according to Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley.
        “Autoneum had three facilities in Oregon,” explained Beazley. “They expanded one of them and consolidated into two facilities. So we were working with the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) and the owner of the building to see if we could find a new tenant to bring some jobs to Oregon.”
Operational readiness
        The company has built a network of manufacturing plants, research and design facilities close to the main automotive hubs in major geographic regions, in more than 70 locations with over 12,000 employees worldwide, according to the RGP. The operational readiness of the site and a business climate played a large role, and the state’s logistics capabilities and proximity to original equipment managers (OEMs) were critical factors in the decision.
         “We selected this location because the region offered a site that was ready for our company to start up immediately, and we definitely saw a favorable business environment,” said Alberto Buniato, president of the NAFTA business unit, APG. “In our business, geographical proximity to OEMs is significantly important because we produce large components, meaning the cost of logistics is critical.”
Ideal location
        The location, he added, was “ideal” for the company’s customers to the north and south.
        “They felt we were a community that would meet their needs,” said Beazley. “We have a strong record of working with manufacturing and an excellent work force. We’re pleased to have another strong employer joining our city. We’re glad they’re coming aboard.”
            Sommer Vriezelaar, executive director of economic development for Oregon, said NIA Harmon, which owns the building, and the RGP were instrumental in bringing APG to Oregon.
        “Come fall, the company is going to be hiring and getting production set. They are supposed to be operational in early 2021,” said Vriezelaar.
        “It’s always encouraging to hear more companies coming to the City of Oregon to fill in a vacant building,” Council President Dennis Walendzak said after Beazley announced the project at Monday’s council meeting.
        DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted noted that the APG announcement was just one of 17 projects in Ohio that received approval of assistance. In total, the projects are set to create 1,943 new jobs and retain 2,247 jobs statewide. During its monthly meeting, the TCA reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in more than $107 million in new payroll and spur more than $252 million in investments across Ohio.


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