Warren County manufacturer growing with expansion and more jobs

Franklin City Council recently approved a 15-year Community Reinvestment Act tax abatement to Sunstar Engineering Americas Inc., 700 Watkins Glen Drive, for their new 40,000 square-foot expansion to their manufacturing facility. The new expansion was constructed next to their existing building to be used for manufacturing sealants. The total cost of the new structure was $4 million and they expect to create 15 full-time jobs. ED RICHTER/STAFF
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Franklin City Council recently approved a 15-year Community Reinvestment Act tax abatement to Sunstar Engineering Americas Inc., 700 Watkins Glen Drive, for their new 40,000 square-foot expansion to their manufacturing facility. The new expansion was constructed next to their existing building to be used for manufacturing sealants. The total cost of the new structure was $4 million and they expect to create 15 full-time jobs. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Franklin City Council recently approved a 15-year Community Reinvestment Act tax abatement for a local manufacturer of sealants.

Council approved the abatement for Sunstar Engineering Americas Inc., 700 Watkins Glen Drive, on its new 40,000-square-foot-expansion to a manufacturing facility.

City Manager Sonny Lewis said the new expansion was constructed next to the existing building that is used for manufacturing sealants for the auto industry.

He said the total cost of the new structure was $4 million and the company expects to create 15 additional full-time jobs.

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The new property tax will be 100% abated on the valuation of the new part of the building for 15 years, Lewis told council’s Economic Development and Planning Committee last month.

He said once the abatement expires, the taxable amount would go up to the full value of the property.

Lewis said this CRA was set up prior to 1994 and does not require state and school approval.

Sunstar purchased 15 acres of land and has plans of adding another 40,000-square-foot building in two to three years.

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Lewis said Sunstar plans to move all operations to this site, including the North American headquarters and research and development facilities from Springboro to Franklin, which will increase the city’s income tax revenue. He said the company employs about 145 people in its local facilities.

At last month’s committee meeting, Councilman Michael Aldridge said the tax abatements are a tool for helping business located in Franklin to grow, especially in this difficult time.

Lewis told the committee several businesses that have been granted a CRA in the past had the opportunity to choose other cities for growth or relocation but have opted to stay in Franklin.