MAJOR AUTOMOTIVE AND APPLIANCE SUPPLIER EXPANDING IN LEBANON
CINCINNATI, OHIO – OCTOBER 25, 2021 – EPC Columbia, a major manufacturer of plastic injection molded products, announced plans to expand at its facility in Lebanon, adding 50 new jobs and investing $2.5 million. With the investment, EPC plans to grow its building by 20% with the addition of more than 75,000 square feet.
“We’re pleased to increase our presence in Ohio,” said Reza Kargarzadeh, president and CEO of EPC. “This expansion will provide additional production capacity to meet the increased demand we are experiencing from our customers. We’re excited to add to our existing workforce with steady, good paying positions.”
EPC has seen tremendous growth in its work with appliance and automotive manufacturers. As a result, the company was faced with the decision to consolidate its operations at one of its more than 14 facilities across North America or expand its production capacity in Lebanon. The City of Lebanon, Warren County, REDI Cincinnati, and JobsOhio worked with the company to make Lebanon the best fit for its needs.
“EPC’s continued success and investment in their Lebanon facility is a reflection of the company’s commitment to the quality of its products,” said Jason Millard, City of Lebanon director of community development. “We are proud to have them in our community.”
EPC plans to acquire additional equipment for its expansion, including electric molding presses and other plastic injection equipment, which will allow the company to meet increased demand for appliance and automotive parts. Material handlers, machine operators, and maintenance positions are among those the company will be hiring for over the next year. EPC’s products can be found in Ford, Lincoln, and Nissa vehicles, along with Whirlpool appliances and other retail products.
“Warren County is very excited by the news of EPC’s expansion in the City of Lebanon,” said Matt Schnipke, Director, Warren County director of economic development. “It is a testament to the prudent business decisions made by EPC to allow for this growth. It is an honor that EPC has decided to invest their capital in Warren County.”
EPC’s growth is being supported by a job creation tax credit, approved today by the Ohio Department of Development, as well as a tax abatement and other assistance from the City of Lebanon. JobsOhio plans to provide additional assistance, which will be made public after a final agreement is executed.
About EPC Columbia
EPC was founded in 1994 by Reza Kargarzadeh, its current president and owner, with 4 injection molding presses. The company has since grown to a world-class provider of injection-molded plastic products for the automotive, appliance, medical and consumer product industries, with over 200 injection molding machines ranging from 30 to 3,300 tons and manufacturing facilities in ten states and Mexico. The Scottsburg plant is a 120,000 sq. ft. facility, employing 200+ team members and housing 50 injection molding machines ranging from 25 to 800 tons each.
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