1/22/15 – 5:14 A.M.
Economic development officials talked Wednesday about how McLane Company was encouraged to build a new distribution center in Hancock County. The Courier reports members of Findlay’s Kiwanis club were told how McLane’s interest in the area coincided with the creation of a new industrial park. McLane started looking at land near I-75 and County Road 99 during the same month Findlay-Hancock County Alliance members started talking about a new industrial park on Hancock County Road 212.
When a deal for the land right next to the interstate couldn’t be reached, McLane was approached about building in the new park. By February of last year, a letter of intent was signed by the company.
Alliance Economic Development Director Tony Iriti said once that happened, meetings were held with city, county, township, Blanchard Valley Port Authority, state transportation department and JobsOhio officials. Iriti said that convinced McLane to move forward with the nearly $119 million investment.
The McLane distribution center is expected to eventually employ around 425 people. The new facility will open next year.
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