August 31, 2014

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German recycling firm plans expansion at Jaycox Road site

AVON — A German company that manufactures equipment and parts for machinery used by recycling firms across the U.S. is planning to add 20 new jobs as part of a $2.6 million expansion.

Lorain County commissioners approved Wednesday submitting an application for a $500,000 loan from a state program on behalf of Doppstadt, which operates a facility on Jaycox Road.

“They’ve been leasing (property) the last couple of years, and now they’re looking to purchase property in Avon,” Mayor Jim Smith said Wednesday. “They’ve been looking at two places, but I don’t want to say more than that at this point. They’re a good company, and they’ve been talking about expanding for a couple of years.”

The application is for the Ohio Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program. If approved, the money will go toward the purchase of machinery and equipment used in the manufacture of recycling equipment.

The state program administers federal money for such loans, and federal guidelines call for 51 percent of the new jobs to be made available to low- to moderate-income people or households, according to Patrick Metzger, economic development coordinator for the county’s Community Development Department. “We determined they were a good, viable candidate to receive these dollars, and these are the first steps in completing that process.”

The loan application was put together with the help of Team Lorain County and Lorain County Growth Partnership, according to Metzger.

A person who answered a call made to Doppstadt said no one was available for comment.

According to the company’s website, Doppstadt is headquartered near the German town of Magdeburg. Its North American operations are based out of Montreal and known as Doppstadt America Inc.

The new jobs are to be created within a three-year period, but the state program allows some flexibility to allow for unforeseen circumstances or delays.

“We anticipate they will make their best effort to meet the expectations of creating 20 jobs,” Metzger said.

It was not immediately clear whether the company plans to relocate within the city or add onto its existing facilities.

“I hesitate to say there will be additional construction, but it’s fairly safe to say they will have to reconfigure existing space for the flow of materials,” Metzger said.

Smith described Doppstadt as a “green” company due to its chief role in producing machinery and parts used by other companies that do recycling.

“They recycle wood, logs, trees and rubber with all types of shredding and grinding equipment,” Smith said. “They can chew up pallets and even furniture. The really good thing is that they keep all of these things from ending up in landfills.”

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.