Lianda relocating within Ohio

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An importer and distributor in the rubber and plastics industry is moving its headquarters from Hudson, Ohio, to nearby Twinsburg, Ohio.

Lianda Corp. opened its doors in 1995, first in the home of owners Shawn Xu and Lee Mao. It has worked out of the same corporate office in Hudson since 2005.

The company, which employs 13, has warehouses in Akron, Ohio; Providence, R.I.; Atlanta; Kansas City, Mo.; and Los Angeles. It makes and supplies performance elastomers and specialty chemicals to the rubber and plastics industry.

Lianda recently purchased a vacant facility in Twinsburg that includes a 10,000-square-foot office and lab, and a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, Mao said. The company plans to open the office this month, and the lab early next year. The new facility will enable Lianda to “add working space due to strong growth for the last four years,” Mao said.

“Having the warehouse and office under the same roof also allows us to get firsthand information about our incoming and outgoing shipments,” she said.

Larry Finch, director of planning and community development for the city of Twinsburg, said Lianda bought the building as part of the city’s Twinsburg Occupancy Program, which is intended to fill vacant or underutilized buildings. He said Lianda’s owners approached the city about the site about four months ago. Finch said Lianda will get perks for moving into the facility — a grant based on the income tax that workers pay to the city.

Finch said Lianda executives agreed to boost their payroll by at least $250,000 over the next three years, adding that he expects they will hire three to four people.

But Mao said the goal is not to expand too much.

“Our goal is to keep our organization as lean as we can with a professional and productive team,” she said.

Lianda also imports and distributes chemicals such as curatives, cross-linking co-agents, peroxides and others. The firm also is developing nylon-based thermoplastic elastomer and thermoplastic polyurethane.