Company to move part of facility to Fairborn
The area on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road near I-675, which has attracted
commercial business for years, will get a piece of Yellow Springs when
The Antioch Company transfers a part of its Antioch Publishing distribution
operations to Commerce Boulevard in Fairborn.
Beginning Feb. 1, according to company Operations Manager Carol Gasho,
20 to 25 employees and around $500,000 worth of equipment and machinery,
mostly from the journal manufacturing division, will move to the Roberds
warehouse facility, which the company will call Yellow Springs West.
The company will gain a total of 57,000 square feet of storage and operations
space needed to accommodate an overall 20 percent annual growth rate.
We need more space, and adding on to the north side of the Yellow
Springs plant doesnt lend itself to the best plant layout,
Along with the move, The Antioch Company has applied for a 75 percent
tax abatement from the City of Fairborn through the Ohio Enterprise Zone
Program. The company expects the Fairborn city council to approve some
or all of the exemption when it meets in early December, but the company
will move its operations regardless of whether it receives the abatement.
Its more an issue of us having enough space. But the building
was already [available] in Fairborn, and Greene County has been more active
in helping out with the tax exemption than Yellow Springs was able to,
said Ole Dam, the companys vice president of operations.
Company officials expressed additional concerns about villagers
attitudes about local industries. Antioch is located in a residential
area, where resistance to expansion and environmental issues could possibly
arise, Gasho said.
Not that were worried about pollution, but villagers are always
expressing concern about environmental issues and you never know when
theyll start asking for all kinds of things, Gasho said. Their
past behavior indicates they dont care much about big business.
The Antioch Companys property, however, is next to nearly 40 acres
of farmland, which is part of the Pitstick Farm, which Village Council
and the Miami Township trustees have targeted for commercial development.
When asked if the company approached the Village about expanding in Yellow
Springs, Gasho said, I cant say we pushed the Village wholeheartedly
Village Manager Rob Hillard said The Antioch Company never formally presented
a plan to the Village. We were and still are open to discussing
options for business development in town, he said.
Consistent with the 10 percent of the companys employees who live
in Yellow Springs, two of the workers scheduled to move to Fairborn reside
in the village. The importance of maintaining proximity between employees
and the companys headquarters in town affects the companys
decision to keep its operating units close by, Gasho said.
Its our policy to keep employee-owners within an 8 to 10 mile
radius so they can attend meetings and be there for parties and still
be a part of the overall community, Gasho said.
The company employees 175 people in Yellow Springs.
The Antioch Company expects to sign a lease this week and begin operations
in Fairborn by next March.