Local tax credit expected to help Avery Dennison revamp facility, create 65 new jobs

An Avery Dennison executive demonstrates tracking inventory with an RFID (radio frequency identification) reader in this 2014 file photo. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
An Avery Dennison executive demonstrates tracking inventory with an RFID (radio frequency identification) reader in this 2014 file photo. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

One of the area’s largest manufacturing companies is expected to score a tax credit that will help it create dozens of new local jobs.

Miamisburg City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on an ordinance that would provide a five-year, 65% job creation refundable tax credit on all new payroll taxes to Avery Dennison Corporation. The company plans on modernizing its 265,000-square-foot facility at 170 Monarch Lane, as well as upgrading its machinery and equipment.

The investment will exceed $18 million over the next three to four years and help the company create 65 new full-time jobs, which will generate $6 million in new annual payroll, creating additional tax revenues for Miamisburg.

Avery Dennison Corporation, which operates locally as Avery Dennison Printer Systems, manufactures and distributes pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, apparel branding labels and tags, tags in smart labels and specialty medical products. Expansion of its Miamisburg facility will help the company offer new products and services centered around its Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

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The company is one of Miamisburg’s largest employers, with 415 employees and a corresponding annual payroll of $26.2 million, according to the city.

Miamisburg City Manager Keith Johnson, in a memorandum to Development Director Chris Fine, said the incentive is “completely performance based” and its value will depend on the actual jobs created by the company.

Miamisburg officials had been working with the company on its project after the Ohio Tax Credit Authority voted in December 2019 to approve a 1.796 percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit. Assuming all elements specified by the state are met, the value of that credit is $625,000, officials said.

The delay between approval of tax credits by the state and Miamisburg occurred to allow Avery Dennison to assess any effect the pandemic may have had on its operations and the project timeline and numbers, Fine told this news outlet Monday.

“Once that evaluation was done, then we agreed to move forward with the local incentive,” he said.

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It is “very common” for a project of such a size for the city to offer an incentive along with the state of Ohio, Fine said.

“Avery Dennsion has been a large part of the Miamisburg business community for so many years,” Mayor Michelle Collins told this news outlet. “The company has employed several generations of area families. This potential tax credit would help them improve this large facility, spur more job growth and keep them as one of this city’s largest employers.

“I personally think partnering to improve for the good of all will usually result in a win for all.”

The contract between Miamisburg and Avery Dennison stipulates that the tax is to be derived from the wages of new employees between Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2025. In addition, the company agrees to maintain operations in the city for at least twice the number of years as the term of the tax credit.

The agreement contains numerous payback provisions if Avery Dennison “significantly fails” to meet its obligations under the terms of the agreement.

Ryan Yost, an Avery Dennison vice president, said in a company statement last December that its Miamisburg location has seen revenue growth of 15 percent via its new “intelligent labels” business.

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