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City of Ashland Municipal Building. File Photo. 

ASHLAND -- Ohio Electric Control is expected invest $430,000 in a 5,500 square-foot-expansion at its facility at 2395 Rock Road in Ashland -- adding three new positions and $90,000 in payroll in the process. 

Ashland City Council unanimously passed legislation Tuesday evening in support of a ten year, 75 percent reduction in new real property tax resulting from the expansion. 

“It’s a wonderful project, and this is what business expansion and retention is all about,” said Mayor Matt Miller. “This is one that has proven their commitment to our community. They are already employing our people, and we need to take care of companies like this that are so deeply invested here.” 

The company has expanded nearly half a dozen times since it was founded Jack and Martha McMullen more than 40 years ago, but this is the first time it has received a tax incentive, according to Miller’s understanding. 

Ohio Electric Control began in a garage in 1978 and later moved into a facility at Cleveland Avenue, where it’d expand three times. 

In 2007, Robert McMullen moved the business to Rock Road in the industrial park, and since then there’s been one expansion completed. In 2013, a 4,000 square-foot expansion allowed the company to grow from 29 employees to 43 full-time and four part-time employees currently. 

“Well they here again, less than a decade later and they’ve already outgrown their space, and this time their interested in expanding the facility by about 5,500 square-feet,” Miller said. 

This time, the company reached out this time to share its plans and request the incentive. Robert McMullen, Jennay Cacchio and Leslie Blankenship agreed to the terms, according to Miller. 

City council obliged with praise of the business and its unanimous support. 

The expansion will involve the 5,500 square-foot addition to the south end of the current facility, machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures, for a total investment of approximately $430,000. 

Within a year of the project’s completion, Ohio Electric Control is expected to create an estimated three new full-time, permanent jobs at the facility and possibly some additional part-time roles.  The expansion also helps in retaining the company’s current employees.

The legislation presented Tuesday to council showed more than $1.8 million would be saved in annual payroll and approximately $90,000 would be added in annual payroll. 

In other news at Tuesday evening’s meeting: 

-- First ward councilman Steve Workman and at-large councilman Dan Lawson were sworn into their new terms by Mayor Matt Miller. Workman was nominated to be the city council president, and re-appointed to the role unanimously by his fellow council members.  

-- Mayor Miller reminded the community about the annual state of the city address. It will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at Ashland High School’s Archer Auditorium.

“We’ll cover the highpoints of 2019 and talk about more to come in 2020,” Miller said. 

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