Airstream growth highlights year in Jackson Center

For the Sidney Daily News



JACKSON CENTER — It has been a very exciting year for the Village.

“Airstream started construction in October for their new 50,000 square foot addition to their Paint facility,” said Administrator Bruce Metz. “With this Airstream now employs over 700 associates. Airstream also purchased the 90,000 square foot former Holloway building from the Village. Airstream also purchased the EMI Corporation building and moved their Parts Department to this location.”

His report continues:

EMI Corporation built a new 108,000 square foot facility at 801 West Pike Street. They completed the moving process from their facility at 427 West Pike Street. EMI is looking at adding 10 additional jobs to their workforce.

The Village had several new businesses recently open. Saucy Sow’s, Haas Brother’s Pizza and Beer and Pcassios Food Trailer.

With the growth of our business the Village income tax revenues are up nearly 25 percent over 2015.

Hiro, our K-9 Officer was voted “TOP DOG” of the Miami Valley. Hiro will be featured in the 2017 SCARF (Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation) calendar.

Hamer Street was extended 500 feet to the railroad tracks. The sewer line was extended and new storm lines were installed. Curbs and paving will be completed in 2017.

Paving projects for the year were the repaving and reclamiting of Shelby and East Streets between Pike and Jackson Streets. Also the village’s part of Shroyer Road was repaved and reclamited.

Village crews upgraded the water main on Linden and Davis Streets around the School. The old 6-inch main was replaced with a new 12-inch main. Materials for the project were obtained from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) totaling $35,000.

New Village entrance signs were put up on Main Street and Pike Street designed by Behr Design LLC.

The village received a $52,647 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and another $130,000 in grant funds from the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Program for development of a Park on the Water Plant Well Field. This project is planned to start in June 2017.

The village has begun work on the Airstream Drive Traffic Light Project. Trees have been removed and electric utilities are being relocated. Stormwater work will begin soon. The nearly $500,000 project will be funded with approximately $173,000 in grant monies from Jobs Ohio, $53,000 from ODOT, $90,000 from Airstream and the remaining funding from the Village.

The village swapped 34 acres on Washington Street to acquire 28 acres on Jerry Drive across from the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Village will construct a 1.7 Megawatt Solar Field on approximately 9 acres on Jerry Drive. The engineering has been started and the wet land delineation and environmental phase 1 has been started.

The village will be constructing a 12 acre detention pond on Jerry Drive. This will help with the flooding conditions on Pike Street during heavy rain events. The Village will receive $160,000 in grant monies from the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Program to assist in the $220,000 project.

The Wastewater Plant Upgrade Project is 50 percent complete with work is continuing on the clarifiers. The nearly 1 million dollar project should be completed this summer.

The village purchased the 109 East College Street property and razed the old Baptist Church.

The village received $190,000 in grant money from the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant Program to reconstruct Davis, Linden, and South Streets around the School. The Village also received an additional $485,000 in grant monies from Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) and a $500,000 in zero interest loan monies from OPWC as well. This will consist of new curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm sewers, and pavement. This project is planned to start in the spring.


For the Sidney Daily News