Staff Report

DELPHOS - Kalida's Unverferth Manufacturing announced on Dec. 13 they expect to add 15-20 new jobs as the result of a 70,000-square-foot expansion to the Delphos facility. The facility was chosen for expansion after an agreement was finalized with AEP Ohio for relocation of a section of subtransmission that crosses the west side of the Unverferth property, which is where the addition will be located. New machinery and equipment will be added in the expanded area.

"Expansions such as this are made possible by the continued commitment of our employees in producing high-quality, in-demand products and with the cooperation of AEP and Van Wert County in encouraging our growth," Larry Unverferth, director of manufacturing operations said.

AEP Ohio is providing Unverferth Manufacturing with an Economic Development RSP Grant totaling $100,000 to assist in the relocation of power lines. The RSP Grant program provides financial assistance to new and existing industries for projects that create and retain jobs and generate new investment within the AEP Ohio service territory.

"AEP Ohio is pleased to partner with Van Wert County in assisting Unverferth Manufacturing with their Delphos plant expansion" stated Tim Wells, AEP manager of economic & business development for Ohio.

Other business incentives which made the expansion attractive for the Delphos plant was a Van Wert County Enterprise Zone Tax Exemption for real property tax and a JobsOhio grant coordinated by Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) helped to make the project possible.

Unverferth was granted a 10-year, 90-percent tax abatement by Delphos City Schools in late November for expansion project.

Van Wert County Economic Development Director, Cindy Leis, said she is pleased to see business retention and expansion in the county and expects additional economic improvements throughout the county in 2014.

Unverferth Manufacturing has been serving American farm operations since 1948 with tillage equipment, pull-type sprayers, hay, seed and grain handling equipment, and agricultural dual and specialty wheels. The company is based in Kalida, Ohio, with additional plants located in Shell Rock, Iowa and Delphos, Ohio. The Delphos expansion is designed to streamline production and meet customer demand.