Worthington Steel in Delta plans to expand its galvanized steel line over the next two years, a move that will add up to 26 new jobs, a company spokesperson announced.
Equipment for the $11.6 million investment has been ordered, with installation planned by year’s end, according to Sonya Higginbottham, Worthington Industries communications director.
The galvanizing line has reached capacity, and the company wants to expand to attract new customers, she said. Galvanized steel, which is coated with zinc, is used mainly to manufacture automotive parts and for construction use, such as grain bins, bridge decking, and culvert pipe. Steel is heated on the line, and the coating added.
“The automotive business has been doing very well, and construction is coming back. We’re looking for an opportunity to bring more business in,” Higginbottham said.
The plant at 6303 County Road 10 was notified Monday it will receive an Ohio Job Creation tax credit for $96,000.
Up to 26 new operating and packing positions will become available over the next couple of years, with hirings beginning in 2016. The associated payroll for the new positions will total $1.5 million annually.
Persons interested in a position can apply at worthingtonindustries.com.
The galvanizing line was expanded once before, by 20 percent in 2008.
The Worthinton Steel plant in Delta opened in 1997, and currently employs 175 people. Worthington Industries has 65 affiliates in the United States, and others in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia.
Word of Worthington’s expansion follows the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation’s recent announcement that ConAgra Foods in Archbold will complete a production expansion project by the summer of 2018, adding more than 100 jobs to the facility.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.