MetalX recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility in Delta.
The proposed $35 million investment will fund the development of a state-of-the-art scrap processing plant that will create more than 75 new jobs to handle over 500,000 tons per year in its first phase. The company expects the facility to be fully operational within one-year, and plans to begin certain operations as early as next summer.
As part of the ceremony, Dean Monske, president of the Regional Growth Partnership for Northwest Ohio (RGP), offered thanks and appreciation to the company for bringing new jobs and investment to Fulton County.
“Companies from around the world are finding that northwest Ohio offers high-value advantages at a low cost of doing business,” said Monske. “Together with Jobs Ohio, we look forward to working with MetalX in its continued growth.”
In conjunction with JobsOhio, the RGP facilitated an Ohio Jobs Creation Tax Credit and a JobsOhio Grant. The company also received an Ohio Rail Development Commission Grant and a local Jobs Creation Tax Credit from the Village of Delta.
Also speaking at the ceremony were State Representative Rob McColley and Jeff Rupp, Fulton County Commissioner. They shared their excitement about the proposed investment and thanked MetalX for choosing Fulton County for its expansion. Other dignitaries in attendance included State Representative Derek Merrin, Fulton County Commissioners Jon Rupp and Bill Rufenacht, York Township Trustees Robert Trowbridge and Jeff Mazurowski, Delta Mayor Dan Miller, Delta Village Administrator Brad Peebles, Delta Village Council members Art Thomas, Frank Wilton, Bob Gilbert, and Ashley Todd, Delta Chamber of Commerce President Janelle DeBacker, and Fulton County Economic Development Corporation Chairman Rich Menzel.
Matt Gilroy, executive director of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation stated, “MetalX executives have a long and successful history in the metals recycling business. In addition to the company’s potential for growth, this project also offers tremendous opportunities for the community. The company will provide a valuable service to area businesses and individuals, will generate substantial tax revenues for the community and the State of Ohio, and provide folks in the area with new, stable and well-paying employment opportunities.
“Company officials have been great to work with through the entire process and they’ve selected the optimal location for their investment. This site is served by the Genesee and Wyoming short line railroad, an excellent highway infrastructure that includes State Route 109, State Route 20A, and the Ohio Turnpike; plus, the company will have access to the highly skilled and hard-working workforce of northwest Ohio.”
During his remarks, MetalX President and CEO Danny Rifkin, said, “We continue to be overwhelmed by the warmth with which we’ve been welcomed to this community, and the resounding support for this project.
Dirt started moving on the project on Oct. 27, before the groundbreaking.
“This project is a big undertaking and a sizeable investment. We are confident that this will be a success for us all, said Rifkin. “We truly appreciate the encouragement of the North Star BlueScope team, the special effort made by area officials to work through the process in an expeditious timeframe, the guidance and support of Matt Gilroy and the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation, who have assisted us through the entire process, and of course, those people within our own company who have been so committed to getting this done.”
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