The city of Dayton hopes to draw a new distribution company to town. Here, pet goods retailer Chewy is building a new fulfillment center at the Dayton International Airport that officials originally said would bring about 600 new jobs. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Companies offer to bring hundreds of new jobs recommended for tax money

A committee of local elected officials Friday recommended funding seven projects applying for Montgomery County development dollars, totaling just over $1 million.

Among the biggest potential business expansions is the code-named “Project Nemo,” in which the committee recommended the city of Dayton receive $300,000 in county ED/GE funds on behalf of an unnamed company that wants to build a 50,000-square-foot processing and distribution center.

Dayton hopes this company will create 50 new jobs. Funds will be used for construction of the facility.

The committee also recommended $300,000 for a similarly code-named project in Union, where a confidential company is considering construction of a 500,000-square-foot distribution center built to house 186 new jobs. Developers have code-named that project “Project Scooter.”

Vandalia has a pair of projects at stake, Project Zeppelin, which was recommended for $210,000, and “Project Ocean,” recommended for $72,083.

“Project Zeppelin” represents another anonymous company, this one considering construction of a 19,300-square-foot expansion to an existing manufacturing facility in Vandalia. The company projects the expansion will create 25 jobs while retaining 45 existing jobs.

Behind “Project Ocean” is another confidential company. The business is considering construction of a 25,000-square-foot expansion to another existing manufacturing site, where Vandalia hopes an expansion will create 25 new jobs and retain 93 jobs.

Reliable Electric in Centerville was recommended for $22,061 to create 21 new jobs and retain 80 jobs.

In Huber Heights, the committee recommended $150,000 for Quality Quartz Engineering, a manufacturer of quartz products used in semiconductors and fiber-optic components.

That company wants to build a 100,000-square-foot facility in a project leaders in Huber Heights hope will create 30 jobs and retain 83 current jobs.

The committee also recommended $37,500 for Gem City Tire in Harrison Township.

The commercial tire dealer projects the expansion will create 12 new jobs and retain 166 jobs in a sprinkler system upgrade.

County commissioners will take a final vote on the recommendations Tuesday.

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