By Ed Runyan
An LED lighting company called Titan LED of Moorpark, Calif., is looking at a couple of sites in Warren to establish a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility that would employ 25, a Titan LED representative says.
David McGeary, national director of East Coast operations for the company, attended a recent press conference in Warren. He said negotiations for such a facility are on the “5-yard line,” but he is “hopeful of crossing the goal line of locating a facility here.”
McGeary, who has an office on North Phelps Street in Youngstown, said Titan LED has been looking for an East Coast location for about nine months, “but Warren just stuck out.”
The company manufactures about half of its products in Moorpark and the other half in the Orient, but the Warren facility would allow the company to move all of its foreign production to the United States, McGeary said.
“Titan LED is entertaining alternative channels for manufacturing and sales distribution,” Titan LED President Brian Hennessy said in an April 19 letter to Mayor Michael O’Brien and Safety Service Director Doug Franklin. “Both the city of Warren and Trumbull County would be viable considerations for Titan LED as we continue to grow and seek attractive benefits from various cities,” the letter added.
McGeary said discussions are moving along quickly, and he would expect the company and the city to have an “intimate conversation in a week or so” regarding the idea.
McGeary said Hennessy would like to make a decision regarding its East Coast facility “very soon.”
O’Brien said he first learned about Titan LED when the company contacted him on the use of Titan LED lights in O’Brien’s office to see whether the lights might cut costs.
Franklin suggested asking the company about having a facility in Warren, and the company was interested, O’Brien said, adding that Warren officials then contacted State Rep. Tom Letson, D-64th, of Warren, regarding any assistance the state might give to Titan LED.
Franklin, who is on the ballot Tuesday hoping to earn the Democratic nomination for Warren mayor, said the timing of the press conference isn’t related to the election.
“The fact is, if it were New Year’s Eve, we’d be having a press conference,” Franklin said.
Titan LED’s website says the company specializes in energy efficiency and clean-technology lighting. Its products are designed to install and retrofit into a variety of structures, such as warehouses, retail, hospitals, cities and small businesses.