Vandalia approves warehouse plan for Maryland tin manufacturer


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Vandalia approves warehouse plan for Maryland tin manufacturer

Vandalia city council members approved a planned unit development Monday for a 98,500-square-foot-warehouse that a decorative tin manufacturer in Maryland would like to put in the Stonequarry Crossings business development.

Independent Can Co., a leading manufacturer of specialty metal packaging and metal lithography based in Belcamp, Md., wants to purchase 6.5 acres of land at the intersection of Capstone Way and Peters Pike, according to a public hearing application that Blue Diamonds Real Estate Holdings, LLC filed with the city’s development and engineering services department.

The purchase cost will be less than $200,000, according to Robert McClelland, Independent Can Company’s executive vice president.

“We hope for this to be step one in a multi-phase project that will grow this business at this location,” said Rob Anderson, city manager. “It’s a quality company and we’re proud to have them in Vandalia.”

The planned warehouse operation will employ 12 people to start with the potential for more jobs if additional functions and capabilities are added to the operation, according to Anderson. The company employs 270 in locations across the country.

“Midwest location — It fits our business model. Logistically it’s in a good location for our customer base and for our supply of materials,” McClelland said after Monday’s council meeting.

In a statement issued last week by the city, McClelland said his company liked Vandalia’s proximity to Interstate 70 and Interstate 75.

McClelland, who was accompanied by Frank Currens, the company’s vice president of manufacturing has not decided when his company will break ground.

The proposed site for the warehouse is immediately west of the White Castle building that is being built at Stonequarry Crossings, a business development the city created in 2005 after purchasing 200 acres of land bordering Airport Access Road and Peters Pike.

McClelland also said that his company is still working on getting an incentive package from the state of Ohio.

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