Trailstar International Inc. of Smith Township, Ohio, broke ground in May on an 85,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that is expected to add about 50 jobs. It is located at 20700 Harrisburg-Westville Road.
“This is a tremendous achievement,” said Trailstar President Tom Hahn as he welcomed honored guests and employees, along with government officials who helped secure the project and the construction workers who will all have a hand in the expansion.
Hahn thanked his employees, his wife Amy and all those who have supported his business endeavors through the years.
9.3 Million Expansion Project
The expansion project is valued at about $9.3 million, company officials said.
“Growth is what we need to bring jobs into the community,” Hahn said.
The project adds production space, an office and showroom. Located east of the existing plant, the facility will house the company’s manufacturing operations for its line of custom aluminum and steel dump trailers.
“We had simply outgrown our existing capacity in the facility, and this expansion allows us to continue to meet our customers’ ever-growing demands,” Hahn said. “This project has been a long time in development, and we are truly excited to finally be breaking ground on this investment.”
The company’s general contractor, Tucker Cope of C. Tucker Cope and Associates, attended ground-breaking ceremonies along with Anthony Trevena, director of Economic Development at NEO Development and Finance Authority, a division of the Western Reserve Port Authority. Other attending were Walter M. Good, of Jobs Ohio, Jonathan Bridges, director of Ohio’s Economic Development Corp., and Lauren Johnson, manager of 422 Corridor and Mahoning County Business Development.
Recent rain has affected construction, company officials said.
“ Right now, crews are working on retention ponds,’’ Hahn said. “We hope to have the foundation pads and footers completed by the end of June. The building is coming sometime in July.
Completion of the facility is expected in the spring of 2020.
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