NAPOLEON, OH (WTOL) - The city of Napoleon's efforts to try to bring in more jobs to their area is paying off.
A project three years in the making has paid off.
After building the 200,000 square foot Spec building for any potential industrial tenant, the city has landed a major automotive manufacturer. JAC Products will soon hire 300 workers to produce various roof rack and cargo management products.
Along with a $5 million investment to set up operations, the 300 jobs could potentially generate $14 million a year in payroll.
A big win for Napoleon, that could have a ripple effect for the region.
"This is the first domino, the first domino pushed over. And this first domino brings additional opportunities, additional customers for industrial use. Maybe more people to enjoy the new NORA, downtown drinking area and more establishments down here. Maybe more homes to get built, and hopefully get Ohio and Napoleon here growing again," said Napoleon mayor Jason Maassel.
JAC Products aims to be in full operation by 2021, but has said they would like to begin pushing some product out of the new Napoleon plant by the end of the calendar year.