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Evers: Corporate park has $90M in new investments

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Choosing a most important 2013 project for the ProLogis-owned Etna Corporate Park is like picking a favorite child for Dan Evers, economic development director for the Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corp.

Evers said the industrial site had three major developments this year.

"These projects will leverage at least $90 million in new investment within our community," he said.

The Speed FC division of Navarre Corp. moved into a 766,633-square-foot facility to handle distribution, customer service and an order fulfillment center in ProLogis Park Building No. 5.

The project is projected to create 250 new full-time positions, generating $6 million in additional annual payroll and retaining 242 jobs and $5.5 million in existing payroll.

"This is an important move for SpeedFC, as we had various location options for expanding our footprint and workforce," said Jeff Zisk, president of SpeedFC, in a news release.

"This new facility's key location greatly impacted our decision to further extend our roots in the Columbus region, and we believe it will greatly enhance the value of our e-commerce service offerings."

Menlo Logistics created a 318,520-square-foot logistics and order fulfillment center expansion within ProLogis Park Building No. 2.

Evers said it is projected to create 63 full-time positions, generating $2 million in additional annual payroll and retaining 24 jobs and $714,000 in existing payroll.

Ascena Brands introduced a 555,000-square-foot expansion of an existing facility, featuring logistics, assembly, order fulfillment, operations and information technology.

It is projected to create at least 225 full-time positions, generating $6.7 million in additional annual payroll and retaining 300 jobs and $10.2 million in existing payroll.

"These are the lead projects," said Evers, adding that several smaller expansions and additions also were completed in 2013. "We're hopeful we'll see more of the same."

Evers said the prospects for 2014 are encouraging.

"Prospect activity is running at a pretty active pace," he said.

He said he's "chatting" with Columbus 2020 about manufacturing and logistics opportunities in Licking County.

"We feel good; we feel hopeful," Evers said. "If the factors beyond our control keep moving well and the things we can control remain consistent and favorable, we'll find ourselves in good stead."

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