Council OKs incentive package

By Andrea Cordle
Southwest Editor

Grove City leaders are taking action to bring manufacturing jobs into the city.

At the Feb. 3 meeting, Grove City Council unanimously approved a jobs development and incentive agreement with S&T Automotive America.

According to Deborah Scherer, Columbus 2020 director, global markets, the company is looking to locate its first production facility in the United States. It would manufacturer automotive parts, specifically shock absorbers.

“We are very excited for this company to locate in Grove City,” said Scherer.

Columbus2020 is an economic development organization that represents the 11-county Columbus region. It works with state and local partners to offer services to companies scouting the Columbus business market.

Scherer said state leaders are in support of the project as well.

According to City Administrator Chuck Boso, S&T is reviewing the purchase of an existing property at 3900 Gantz Road.

He said the project would bring 80 new jobs to the city.

The agreement states that the company also plans to make a $6.5 million capital investment in the project site.

The development and incentive agreement is a major factor in the company’s decision to locate in the city.

Per the agreement, the city would provide a 10-year 100 percent tax abatement for the existing structure and a 15-year 100 percent tax abatement for any new construction. The city would also approve a $25,000 grant from the Grove City Community Improvement Corporation for improvements to the site.

City leaders also approved a payroll tax-sharing plan.

Scherer said S&T Automotive has not made its final decision.

“It’s not a done deal yet,” she said.

City leaders believe the company could help strengthen the economy by bringing in new employment opportunities.

The legislation was approved as an emergency measure.

In other news, the next council meeting was rescheduled to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at City Hall.

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