TWINSBURG, OHIO (Nov. 23, 1:10 p.m. ET) — An importer and distributor in the rubber and plastics industry is moving its headquarters from Hudson, Ohio to nearby Twinsburg.
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 as well as a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, according to co-owner Lee Mao.
Mao said the company plans to open the office in December, 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.
Neither Finch nor Mao would disclose the previous owner or the purchase price. Finch said Lianda will get perks for moving into the facility — a grant based on the income tax that workers pay to the city.
“We expect that this will be a growing company and there will be some income tax benefit to us and we also share income tax for the first three with [Hudson],” he said.
In addition, Finch said Lianda executives agreed to increase their payroll by at least $250,000 over the next three years, adding he expects they will hire three to four people.
But Mao said the goal is not to expand its number of employees too much.
“Our goal is to keep our organization as lean as we can with a professional and productive team,” she said.
Besides supplying the rubber and plastics industry with chlorinated polyethylene, chlorosulfonated polyethylene and others, Lianda also imports and distributes chemicals such as curatives, crosslinking coagents, peroxides and others.
“In addition, the company is also developing new nylon-based thermoplastic elastomer and thermoplastic polyurethane and other polymer and chemicals,” Mao said.