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Company Picks Brookfield for New Plant, 150 Jobs
BROOKFIELD, Ohio -- Legacy Measurement Solutions Inc., a Texas company formerly known as J-W Measurement Co., today announced it will move forward to open a manufacturing plant here to service its current and potential customer base in the Marcellus and Utica shale oil and gas plays.
In a news release, the company said it will occupy a 73,000-square-foot building and begin operations early next year. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to add an additional 150 employees to this new manufacturing plant, and we intend to be up and running within the first quarter of 2014,” said Tony Chaput, newly appointed vice president of manufacturing for Legacy.
The new plant, the location of which was not specified in the company's news release, will be located in the Strimbu complex, 3500 Parkway Road, The Business Journal has learned.
Legacy, which manufactures measurement equipment for gas and liquid hydrocarbons, has more than 450 employees in 14 states and 23 sales offices nationwide. This summer it was spun off from J-W Energy Co. when it was sold to White Deer Energy L.P. II and its affiliates and J-W Measurement Co.'s senior management team.
Gary Crisp, vice president-operations-northwest for Legacy, credited the state of Ohio and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber as “instrumental” in bringing Legacy to Brookfield.
“Our team had diligently considered surrounding states looking for the most strategic position and area to locate, and we are excited about the Brookfield location,” Crisp said. “We are pleased to be sharing in this great opportunity with the Northeast and Ohio specifically, which is a strong growth market for us.”
Danny Hendrix, Legacy president and CEO, discussed his company’s plans with Ohio Gov. John Kasich “to ensure a working commitment to Ohio business leaders and to benefit the local and regional economy,” Crisp continued. “As a result of that discussion, we were convinced Ohio was the appropriate venue for our new facility.”
Last Monday the Ohio Tax Credit Authority authorized a 55%, seven-year job-creation tax credit for the project. The company expects to generate $6.8 million in annual payroll at the project site within three years of its tax-credit effective date.
Sarah Boyarko, regional chamber vice president for economic development, acknowledged the “stiff competition” the Mahoning Valley faced from other states and expressed pride that the company chose Brookfield.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work their management team over the past six months as they represent a quality organization. This is just one more example of the significant manufacturing growth we’re experiencing throughout the region. It’s an exciting development for Trumbull County," Boyarko said.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.
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