By GRACE WYLER
Construction on Reinforcement Systems’ new manufacturing plant has entered the final stages, and the company has started the hiring process for available positions.
The 98,000-square-foot facility, on the southwest corner of West Market Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is expected to be ready for initial production by early September, said company owner Mark Marvin.
The plant will make welded wire reinforcements used in concrete.
The facility, on 16.5 acres of formerly vacant land, has been tailored to fit the company’s needs, Marvin said. The city rezoned the property as industrial to accommodate the company.
“The only thing that is special about our building is that it is made for us, so our efficiency will be much better,” Marvin said.
The company plans to hire about 10 workers in the next few weeks, and an additional 10 workers will be taken on to complete the first shift when the plant starts full production, likely in mid-September, Marvin said.
The plant will add a second and third shift depending on market demand, Marvin said. Each additional shift will employ about 10 workers.
The facility is expected to have 55-65 employees, including office staff, within two years, he said.
The company has pledged to have 65 employees in three years, in exchange for a 10-year, 75-percent property-tax abatement granted by city and county officials last year.
The $28 million plant was one of the Valley’s largest economic-development projects in 2009, said Walter Good, vice president for economic development expansion for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“From an investment perspective, it is the largest manufacturing project to occur in Warren in some time,” Good said. “It will provide well-paying jobs and opportunity for people in the Valley for a long time.”
The Warren facility is Reinforcement Systems’ second manufacturing plant. The company has a smaller facility in Las Cruces, N.M., where Marvin, a Warren native, now lives.