Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced today that the city has landed a German high-performance plastics manufacturing company that will come to the city with more than a hundred new jobs for Akron area residents.
Röchling (RURSH ling) Automotive USA has selected Akron for its $15 million, 75,000 square foot facility to be built in the Massillon Road Industrial Park.
"We are pleased Röchling Automotive USA has chosen Akron and Northeast Ohio for new manufacturing," said Mayor Plusquellic. "We have been successful in attracting 30 companies to Akron from Europe, Asia and Israel, bringing over 2,000 jobs to the city and the region."
Röchling does injection molding of automotive parts. The company will initially employ 123 skilled workers including machinists, with an annual payroll of approximately $5 million. Plusquellic and regional partners worked together as a team to attract Röchling: Akron, Summit County, the State of Ohio, Springfield Township, First Energy Corp., the Greater Akron Chamber, NEOTEC and Team NEO worked with the Binswanger Company--- Röchling's site location consultant--- on behalf of the three Northeast Ohio communities of Akron, Hudson and Stow.
Robert Bowman, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, said that Akron and NEOTEC, through direct marketing efforts at the International Plastics Show in Düsseldorf, Germany- known as the K-Show - had the opportunity to meet directly with the company's Automotive Division Managing Director Robert Eimer. (EYE mer)
"This face-to-face connection allowed us to better understand the needs of the company and to more quickly respond to their timetable," Bowman said. "This was a quick turnaround deal, much like the agreement we reached with FMI Technologies of China late last year."
From Israel, where he has embarked on yet another trade mission, Mayor Plusquellic today also applauded the efforts of Akron City Council to approve the project in a timely manner. On January 10, 2011, City Council approved an incentive package put together quickly by Bowman and his staff. The conditions Akron is offering include:
The company's automotive division is based in Mannheim, Germany. This is the fourth development in the Massillon Road Industrial Park which located on Massillon Road between Route 224 and Interstate 77.