While once reserved for the likes of Luke Skywalker, bionic limbs are now available for purchase in Hilliard.

While once reserved for the likes of Luke Skywalker, bionic limbs are now available for purchase in Hilliard.

Hilliard city council members heard the second reading of an ordinance Monday night that would provide tax incentives to Scotland-based Touch Bionics, which has already moved into One Mill Run.

"They're already in the space, and just now ramping up," said Economic Development Director David Meeks.

The One Mill Run site is Touch Bionics' second North American location, in addition to operations in New York. The company is the creator and manufacturer of the i-Limb hand, the first commercially available hand prosthesis with five individually-powered digits.

The company also manufactures Livingskin, a high-definition silicone prosthesis that is created to resemble living human skin.

The company has relocated its wholesale offices to Hilliard, according to Meeks, which includes its customer care, finance, Reimbursement Assistance and Clinical Evaluation (RACE) team, sales and marketing functions, as well as the finished-goods inventory for both the i-Limb hand and Livingskin products.

"Touch Bionics has continued to significantly expand its commitment to North American customers over the past year," said CEO Stuart Mead. "Our purchase of Livingskin last spring has already provided enormous benefit to our operation through both product improvements and greatly enhanced customer support. The investments into these new facilities in Ohio and New York is a demonstration of our long-term growth plans and investment into people and product development."

According to Meeks, Touch Bionics received a six-year job creation tax credit from the Ohio Department of Development worth about $101,000, that requires the company to stay in central Ohio for 12 years. If Hilliard's ordinance is approved at its third reading on Sept. 14, the city will provide Touch Bionics a local five-year and nine-month, 23-percent job creation incentive with a total value of $32,115. This is anticipated to net Hilliard $139,419 over the course of the incentive term, according to Meeks. Hilliard would net $284,527 over the course of the state's term commitment.

According to the incentive agreement, Touch Bionics would begin this year with 14 employees, ramping up to 20 employees in 2011 and continuing that level through the end of the incentive agreement in 2015.

Meeks said the incentive is consistent with other amounts that have been offered to businesses in One Mill Run.