- Eric Schwartzberg Staff Writer
A regional company is expanding its employment as it outfits five state-of-the-art hospitals in Kuwait and receives tax credit approval from Ohio.
Headquartered in Fairfield at 3158 Production Drive, Hamilton Casework Solutions has been making specialty office furniture in the region since 1966. Over the last 10 years, the company has added cabinetry designed specifically for higher education and medical markets, in addition to its commercial and financial markets.
The Ohio Tax Credit Authority today approved a 0.930 percent, 5-year potential tax credit to the company, which is also known as Workstream Inc. As a result, at least 45 new jobs would be created by Dec. 31, 2020, creating a payroll of approximately $1.35 million and retaining 105 jobs, retaining nearly $4.5 million in existing payroll.
As part of the tax credit agreement, the authority requires the company to maintain operations at the project location for at least eight years. In addition, the company will claim the tax credit on Ohio employee payroll generated at the project location in excess of the company’s baseline payroll at the project location.
The growth is being spurred by a five-hospital new-business opportunity in Kuwait, with one hospital totaling 1,100 beds and the others with approximately 900 beds each.
Due to that increased business, the company is seeking to expand its operations. It has the ability to expand its operations in Los Angeles and state support will help ensure the the project moves forward in Ohio.
Hamilton Casework Solutions is looking to hire craftsmen and solid surface fabricators, furniture assemblers with fine carpentry skills and CNC operators with experience using state-of-the-art equipment in wood mills.
For more information on hiring, call 513-870-4411.
REDI Cincinnati, along with the attorneys at Frost Brown Todd LLC, supported the company’s growth by helping to secure a job creation tax credit and a training grant administered through the State of Ohio.
“Companies like Hamilton Casework Solutions could create their products anywhere,” said Kimm Coyner, vice president of business development and project management for REDI Cincinnati. “The company finds talented employees through the DAAP program at the University of Cincinnati as well as creative-base programs at Miami University to craft products to touch people’s lives around the world. REDI Cincinnati and JobsOhio are proud to support this growing regional business.”
Alex Kraemer, Fairfield’s economic development director, said the investment of $289,625 in information technology and training by Hamilton Casework Solutions is ”substantial” for the city.
“The creation of at least 45 new jobs is profoundly important to the vitality of our community and its future growth,” Kraemer said in an Aug. 3 letter of support for the project to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority. “We firmly believe that this investment coupled with Hamilton Casework Solutions’ previous business record and continued success in Fairfield will lay a solid foundation for the company’s future growth and investment.”