On Wednesday, the Springboro Planning Commission took a key step toward approving plans for construction of a 24,000 square foot office and manufacturing building on Industry Lane in the West Tech Business Park.
“They’re moving,” Ron Hill of Construction Managers of Ohio, Tomco’s contractor on the project, said in response to questions from the planning commission.
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In 2011, Tomco bought the city property, formerly owned by Danis Corp., Planning Consultant Dan Boron told the commission.
At the time, owner Jim Tomasiak indicated the company planned to move to the property within two years. Tomasiak, who owned the business with his wife and lived in Springboro, indicated they planned to expand at the location closer to home.
“We’re looking to move into a building where we can expand,” Tomasiak said then. “For us to expand, we’d have to put equipment in the parking lot.”
Tomasiak could not be reached this week.
Tomco is a machine shop specializing in assemblies and parts.
“The product line is oriented around tubular- and duct-type assemblies for the aerospace industry and other specialty industrial applications,” according to its website.
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Customers include Boeing, Honeywell, Lockheed and Rolls Royce.
“Tomco manufactures tubular assemblies that go into airframe applications for the F-15s, F18s, C130s, C5s and the B52,” according to the website.
The business currently leases from Citywide Wenco Associates, an economic development non-profit organization in Dayton, according to property records.
Citywide did not respond to an inquiry Thursday.
The rest of the industrial park where Tomco is currently located is owned and managed by Henkle-Schueler and Associates. Honeywell, Sherwin-Williams and Reliable Construction Services have facilities there.
After the move, Tomco would be operating from a new building in a busy industrial park off Ohio 741, Main Street in Springboro.
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An I-75 interchange at Austin Boulevard is north, beyond the industrial park and the undeveloped site of Austin South Springboro, a proposed mixed-use development yet to come to fruition.
“There’s benefits to both areas,” said Mark Langdon, who markets property near the new Tomco site. “Companies move for many reasons, including labor pool, upsizing, downsizing, incentives, abatements, modernizing. As one company moves out of a space for one of these reasons, another will want to take the same space over for one of these reasons.”
On Wednesday, Hill and architect John Roll presented the building plan. Boron explained the development would also be reviewed by a board set up by Springboro, Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, Miamisburg and Miami Twp. for developments within the Austin Center area.
Roll said the plan included 20 parking spaces with land set aside for 10 more. Roll and Hill indicated no problems with conditions set by staff.
There were no issues raised by staff or commissioners likely to sidetrack the project.
“We are very excited about Tomco’s plan to build in the City of Springboro,” Assistant City Manager Greg Shackelford said.
Barring unforeseen problems, Hill said he hoped to break ground in August.