To exploreCommunities in Butler County are looking to create more than 2,000 jobs soon. But will the workers be there?
Records show the aluminum extrusion company was looking to relocate to Indiana or Michigan. Company officials could not be reached for comment on the project.
Butler County Development Manager David Fehr said the company “was really packed with space” at the current Trenton site and they worked really hard to get Magnode to stay here, keeping jobs. well paid in the county. The average salary at the existing facility is $ 60,000 per year and for new positions the average salary is $ 68,000.
“It’s well above what the median income is for Butler County, so we’re raising the bar on wages,” Fehr said. “It was really exciting for us, so $ 68,000 on average, some people even make more than that for new positions, it’s really strong for manufacturing.”
At a recent annexation public hearing before county commissioners, Magnode’s attorney Charles Baverman revealed his client was negotiating with the city to purchase 50 acres in the expanded industrial park. He said the installation would have an economic impact of $ 50-70 million.
Fehr said at present, development across the county is about 50/50 in terms of new businesses and those growing like Magnode.
“We tried to tout the benefits of the community,” Fehr said. “At the end of the day, it’s a business decision for the company, but I think when you look at strong school districts, great communities to live in so you can attract the employees you need, that whole package, as well as some of the aid from the state and local areas, it made sense for them to expand. “
REDI Cincinnati, an organization that promotes economic development in the region, reported in 2020 that 732 new jobs were created in the county for a total payroll of $ 30.3 million.