A business expansion in Springfield will add more than 200 jobs to the local economy.
Topre America announced it would add a 138,000 square foot stamping facility to its current operatoin in Springfield. Topre has a 177,000 square foot facility already under construction in the Clark County city.
In a release, Topre officials say the additional stamping facility will add 204 assembly, stamping, light manufacturing and research and development jobs to Springfield. The average wage for those jobs will be $19.50 an hour.
Topre officials say the expansion will cost $73 million.
According to Topre officials, the expansion is contingent upon the approval of state and local incentives.
“This investment in Springfield expands our plans that were announced for Springfield in 2017. As hoped, our plans toexpand to Springfield haveresulted in increased production requests from our customers,” Said Brad Pepper VicePresident of Topre America.
“The Springfield communitycontinues to support our growth and has proven to be an ideal location for our company.It’s simply a community that wants our investment and works with our leadership to make it happen.”
Topre chose Springfield over locations in Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee.
“It is incredible to think about what Topre has done in our community in just 1 ½ years from our first meeting,” said Horton Hobbs IV, Vice President of Economic Development for the Chamber/CIC.
“This Project is bigger than their first two and now we are eyeing approximately $130 Million of total investment and nearly 300 jobs. This is a game changer.”
Other community leaders reacted to the expansion announcement as well.
“We are excited that Topre continues to see the opportunity the Greater Springfield Community offers from quality of life, available workforce and ability to help them grow,” said Mike McDorman, President and CEO of the Chamber of Greater Springfield. “This is a great company with proven success that is helping improve our great community. And, perhaps most important, they continue to bring to life an industrial area that had not seen meaningful new investment in decades. It is another great shot in the arm for Greater Springfield.”
“This expansion would represent an incredible opportunity for Clark County, for the Dayton Region, and for the State of Ohio,” said Dayton Development Coalition President and CEO Jeff Hoagland. “As a regional affiliate of JobsOhio, and as a champion for continued growth in the region, the Dayton Development Coalition understands the impact over 200 new jobs would have on Clark County. We will continue to work with our partners in Springfield and JobsOhio to move this project forward.”
“Topre America has been awelcome addition to the Clark County community,” added Clark County Commission President Rick Lohnes. “We are thrilled they continue to grow in Clark County.”
“This expansion is the type of growth that carries forward all of Springfield’s core principles: common-sense development for a diverse workforce that serves today’s community as well as those of future generations,” said Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland. “We couldn’t be more pleased or enthusiastic.”