ATS Industrial Automation held a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 16 for its new 24,000 square foot battery assembly facility at 7115 Green Meadows Drive in Lewis Center.
The facility currently builds the battery module, testing and assembly lines for General Motors’ advanced Ultium EV (electric vehicle) batteries, a company press release dated March 15 said. It currently employs 140 full-time employees and 100 contractors. The expansion will bring 130 to 160 new high-tech jobs in central Ohio this year.
Production started there in the last few months and in the coming weeks and months, more of the facility will be devoted to actual production, according to Matthew Robinson, corporate communications manager.
ATS Industrial Automation has years of experience in assembling electric vehicle batteries for the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Lewis Center facility expands its presence in central Ohio and allows ATS to support a growing customer base, the release said.
“Our expansion in Columbus, Ohio demonstrates growing demand. ATS has the experience to support our key electric vehicle partners, “said Dave Kelly, VP of sales for ATS Industrial Automation, SGA Mobility.” We see this growth as a continuation of our electric vehicle strategy to support growing demand, for move to sustainable batteries and battery storage technologies. “
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and representatives from General Motors attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Businesses are literally exiting the east coast; they are coming in from the west coast,” DeWine said in his speech. “They are looking for a place to go. They are looking for a state like Ohio.”
The event also arrived with other news.
“Not only was this a great opening for the new facility, but we surprised our employees by announcing the opening of our next building,” said Robinson. “This will be an additional 240,000 square foot facility on Green Meadows Drive, with the expectation of bringing several hundred jobs to the Columbus area over the next few years.”
Founded in 1978, ATS employs more than 6,000 people in more than 50 manufacturing plants and more than 75 offices in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and China.
Powell’s future residential hotel gains county sales tax exemption
The Delaware County Finance Authority recently granted Metro Development II a sales tax exemption on a 215-suite residential hotel project, Nolan Reserve, to be built on 8.1 acres on Moreland Street in Powell.
The facility is designed as a short-term residential hotel, ideal for workers who have been relocated to central Ohio for temporary work assignments or for people who need housing while building their homes, the DCFA said in a press release.
Once completed, the project is expected to raise $ 700,000 annually for Oletangy schools, while having minimal impact on enrollment, the DCFA said.
“This is not an apartment complex,” said Tre ‘Giller, CEO of DRK & Co., the umbrella company of Metro Development II. “The suites in this development will be rented on a temporary basis. We have previously built a similar product and have not seen an influx of school-age children. “
Nolan Reserve will have 79 one-bedroom suites, 118 two-bedroom suites and 18 three-bedroom suites.
The start of the works is scheduled for April.
The facility is expected to cost $ 31.2 million, which will include nearly $ 9.4 million in construction materials. By granting the exemption, the Delaware County Finance Authority has saved Metro Development II more than $ 655,000 in sales tax.
“Metro Development has a reputation for building quality facilities, and we believe this development provides the kind of short-term residential housing we desperately need in Delaware County,” said DCFA President Bill Bishop. “Not only will it benefit Olentangy schools, but restaurants and businesses in the area will also benefit from the influx of short-term residents.”
Giller said the project will also lead to a lot of construction work in Delaware County.
“This is a sizeable undertaking and the number of jobs it will bring to the county will be significant,” Giller said.
The Delaware County Finance Authority is a political subdivision created by Delaware County Commissioners to assist in economic development and job creation in Delaware County.