Another 7,488-square-foot expansion is coming to Agrinomix on Oberlin’s east side.
City council members approved a 75 percent property tax abatement in June, when the company announced plans to beef up its operations. On Monday, the tax deal was amended to greenlight the most recent addition plans.
Agrinomix owner Robert Lando said a new building will be added to the north end of the existing structure and will include more office space.
Existing office spaces are so small that workers have spilled over into other areas of the greenhouse manufacturer’s property.
Expansion would allow the engineers, design team, sales people, and product managers to all be in the same area instead of spread throughout the building.
Lando plans to hire three new full-time employees over the next three years, which will create a total impact $137,000 additional payroll.
Oberlin planning director Carrie Handy said the new hires would generate roughly $3,400 in income taxes.
“We are growing and most of what we are growing is the development of new products,” Lando said.
Six years ago the company began building products in Oberlin and now half of its equipment is built in town.”It’s a real change for us. We’ve never done this before,” Lando said.
Agrinomix’s structure on Creekside Drive was built in 2000. Since then the company has already expanded twice with more on the way.
In 2007, the company added 22,000 square feet to its manufacturing space and in June added an additional 15,000 square feet to the area.
“I think it’s a testament of the great things happening at Agrinomix and the industrial park,” said city manager Eric Norenberg.
The June expansion required Lando to hire five new full-time employees over the next three years and he has already hired four — one a woman who went through Oberlin Community Services training for Women in Sustainable Employment Pathways.
Lando expects to have all five positions filled by the end of the year.
He said Agrinomix does have room to expand twice more if needed.
The tax abatement must still be approved by Lorain County commissioners and then the Ohio Development Services Agency.
The expansion is expected to be completed by next December but Lando wants everything finished by June.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.
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Agrinomix owner Robert Lando stands by one of the products his team created. He said six years ago the company began building products in Oberlin and now half of its equipment is built in town.