Johnsonite, a specialty flooring company based in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is putting the finishing touches on a $20 million campus in nearby Middlefield that includes a 100,000-square-foot production plant and a 150,000-square-foot distribution center. The site employs 125.
The last phase of the project calls for construction of a mixing operation that is scheduled to be completed in 2005. In a news release, Johnsonite President Louis Buttitta said the company's growth is just one factor behind the investment.
``The significant growth of our business during the last 10 years, in addition to our focus on continual improvement and expansion of our service to our customers, while broadening our product portfolio, has fueled this expansion project,'' Buttitta said.
Johnsonite, a division of Middlefield-based Duramax Inc., produces rubber and vinyl flooring products for the residential and industrial markets.
Jeff Krejsa, a Johnsonite spokesman, said the new plant will solve a space problem that has dogged the company for the past few years.
Johnsonite, which has its extrusion operations in Auburn Township, operated its compression molding business in the same building that houses another Duramax division in Middlefield, Johnson Rubber Co.
Krejsa said the new complex in Middlefield allows Johnsonite to continue production of compression molded flooring and related products, while Johnson Rubber can concentrate on its core business of making gaskets for the automotive industry.
Duramax and its business divisions employ more than 600 in Geauga County. Krejsa declined to disclose sales figures of the private company.
The Middlefield village council in 2002 approved a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement so that Johnsonite could add 62,000 square feet to a 38,000-square-foot production plant in an industrial park. In 2003, it approved a similar tax incentive package toward the construction of the distribution center.
Johsonite's expansion is the latest in a string of business expansions in the village, said Dan Weir, village administrator in Middlefield.
Though it has a population of only 2,200, Middlefield is home to several industrial companies that have a combined employee count of more than 8,000.