The Newell Rubbermaid distribution center on the western border of Brimfield is up and scheduled to begin operations in early January.
The $25 million warehouse is the largest facility under one roof in Portage County and will employ about 175 people, said Rubbermaid spokeswoman Hannah Van Malssen.
The building is located off of Mogadore Road, near Interstate 76 in the Commerce Industrial Park. At the western border of the plant's property, jurisdiction belongs to Tallmadge, making it part of the Tallmadge/Brimfield Joint Economic Development District. The JEDD was formed in Ohio to allow townships and cities to work together to spur economic development, said Brimfield Zoning Inspector Richard Messner.
"It allows the city to have space to move into the township's areas or to more rural areas where space can be used for economic development," he said.
From Brimfield's standpoint, it allows the township to negotiate with the cities involved -- Tallmadge and Akron -- for a percentage of the tax revenue. By law, townships cannot levy income tax.
Of the income tax returned to municipalities through the JEDD, Brimfield will receive 50 percent because the building is located in the township. Tallmadge and Akron will split the remaining 50 percent.
Messner said the township's fire, police and road departments each will get 30 percent of the revenue. The remaining 10 percent will be put into the township's general fund.
While the warehouse is guaranteed to bring in money for the township and cities, Messner said the 807,000-square-foot facility might also draw smaller businesses that will be suppliers to Rubbermaid.
"Due to the size and nature of its business, warehousing and distribution, we're hopeful that it will stimulate some more economic development in the region and district," he said.
The new distribution center is located about seven miles from the Mogadore manufacturing facility, which also is receiving a $25 million investment from Rubbermaid for new machinery, equipment and infrastructure improvements. The expansion will allow the creation of 140 full-time jobs. The Mogadore facility currently employs more than 700 people.
"By expanding our distribution capabilities in Brimfield Township, we will increase efficiency, reduce freight costs and improve customer service by no longer having to make the 76-mile round trip to move products between manufacturing in Mogadore and distribution in Wooster," Van Malssen said.
Newell Rubbermaid employs about 1,100 people in northeast Ohio among operations in Fairlawn, Mogadore and the soon-to-be opened Brimfield facility.
The Wooster distribution center remains open, but is in the transition process. Van Malssen said the building officially will close in March. She would not comment about how many jobs would transfer from Wooster to Brimfield, but said that all employees who wanted positions at the new facility have been accommodated.
Jeremy Noble of the Tallmadge Express contributed to reporting for this story.
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