Warren County auto parts plant plans $6.4M expansion

ADVICS Manufacturing Ohio is planning a $6.4 million, 144,00-square-foot expansion at its plant in Lebanon.

The growth is in addition to the plans it revealed in 2014 for a $100 million expansion to it auto parts plant that is expected to create 100 new jobs by the end of 2015.

The company’s latest expansion includes plans for a new employee entrance, new or improved parking for 600 cars and “enhanced security features,” according to the company.

On Wednesday, the Warren County Port Authority is expected to approve an amendment to an existing agreement with the Japanese company for expansion of the brakes part plant which employs about 600 workers in an industrial park off Interstate 71.

The port authority holds leases securing its support for the ADVICS expansions. The agreements enable the company to avoid sales tax, enabling greater investment in the facilities.

“What’s even more important is those resources help them to maintain what they have, their workforce and their expansion,” Mayor Amy Brewer said.

In February 2014, the authority and ADVICS reached an agreement on expansions including two additions totaling 65,000 square feet for a plant producing electronic-stability control components and an 18,000-square-foot expansion of the disk brake caliper plant.

In September 2014, the authority and ADVICS amended the agreement to include a 16,000-square-foot facility for lockers, restrooms and lunchrooms at the Lebanon facility. In May 2015, a 3,200-square-foot office was added to the agreement.

“ADVICS has been an incredible industry for Lebanon,” Brewer said. “The community is blessed to have such a phenomenal company.”

The resolution and agreement to be approved Wednesday by the port board also covers preliminary design and plans, as well as up to 150,000 square foot in the building.

ADVICS is to pay the port authority a $65,184 “transaction inducement fee,” as well as $22,500 in attorney fees and cover any other recording or other costs.

ExploreThe city’s largest manufacturer has operated in Lebanon since 1989.

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