Steel distribution company expanding to hire for 35 new jobs

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Steel distribution company expanding to hire for 35 new jobs

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Allied Crawford is opening its 11th location at 213 Industrial Drive, Franklin. SCHUELER GROUP/CONTRIBUTED

A new distribution center in Franklin will hire 35 people, with the long term goal of hiring up to 50.

Allied Crawford, the U.S. arm under the umbrella of Ontario-based Crawford Metal, is building its 11th location and first Ohio steel distribution site at 213 Industrial Drive with the help of state incentives.

Allied Crawford is expected to make a nearly $3.6 million fixed asset investment building in exchange for a $85,000 revitalization grant from the state.

“The Cincinnati area has been on our radar for a long time,” said Alex Kovacs, chief operating officer with Crawford Metal.

He said the private firm’s nearest locations to the area are in Harrisburg, Penn., and in Nashville, Tenn.

Kovacs said the company has posted job ads online and will be conducting interviews at the Industrial Drive location Oct. 16-18, looking for the following positions: general manager, financial controller/office manager, experienced and entry level sales personnel, secretarial administrative workers, administrative assistants, and CDL truck drivers.

The goal is to have the building ready for operations by the end of December. The site sits next to Interstate 75 near the Ohio 123 exit.

Allied Crawford also plans to make the existing building about 50 percent larger and add another warehouse on site.

Lebanon-based Schueler Group is general contractor on the project. Eric Joo, Schueler Group chief operating officer, said its an advantage to the region to have an international company pick the area for its next location.

“I think it’s really neat to have an international company come down to Franklin, Ohio, and set up shop,” said Joo.

Kovacs said the building is about 60,000 square feet is getting a 34,000 square foot addition and there is an additional 54,000 square foot outdoor storage building under construction.

Kovacs said Crawford Steel’s Franklin project is also benefiting the community by working with local contractors on the job.

“There’s a lot of local guys getting work out of this. The whole thing is a big impact to the community,” he said.

The Franklin project was one of two projects to be granted money through JobsOhio, the state’s private development arm, to bring new jobs to the region.

Adare Pharmaceuticals will create 29 new jobs with a payroll of $1.6 million and a fixed asset investment of $14.2 million, in exchange for a $100,000 state workforce grant. The company will have nearly 250 workers at 845 Center Drive, Vandalia, in total before the end of the year 2020, said Lauren Panasewicz, a spokeswoman for Adare.

“We’re really focusing on our research and development effort across our growing pipeline. And then we also of course continue to advance our capabilities in terms of our manufacturing and those are both key initiatives at our Vandalia site,” Panasewicz said.

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