A Scottish company specializing in bionics is coming to Hilliard.

A Scottish company specializing in bionics is coming to Hilliard.

Touch Bionics manufactures bionic prosthetic devices, including hands, Hilliard economic development director David Meeks said.

"It would be their wholesale operations for this area of the country. They would also be fitting prosthetic devices and other services out of that location," he added.

Members of Hilliard City Council's economic and community development committee met Monday evening to discuss the company's move to Hilliard. No representatives from Touch Bionics attended.

The company will begin its Hilliard operation on June 1. The company also has an operation in New York and was wooed by the state of Ohio, Meeks said.

The move comes in part from a six-year, job-creation tax credit totaling $101,000 from the Ohio Department of Development, according to a press release from Touch Bionics. The credit requires the company to operate to central Ohio for 12 years.

Hilliard estimates the company will create about $139,419 additional taxes for the city during the 12 years.

The 5,600-square-foot facility at One Mill Run will house customer care, finance, reimbursement assistance and a clinical evaluation team, as well as sales and marketing functions, according to the statement.

"It was a pretty competitive search," Meeks said. "The company was looking at sites in Dublin, Hilliard and Columbus."

The company will bring 20 high-paying jobs to the area, he added. The starting wage is about $65,000 annually, he said.

"With the payroll, I think it fits in with what we've been doing over the past few years in trying to attract very high-quality jobs, high-wage jobs to Hilliard. That's what I think this company brings," Meeks said.

"The investments into these new facilities in Ohio and New York (are) a demonstration of our long-term growth plans and investment into people and product development," said Touch Bionics CEO Stuart Mead said in the press release.