Economic Development

Canadian Company to Start Operations in Cortland

CORTLAND, Ohio — Although the old Packard Electric name is still visible on the southern exterior of the building, new signage at the base of 500 W. Main St. displays the name Maxill, a consumer and professional dental products company that is preparing to begin operations here.

The company, based in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, is making improvements to the former Delphi Packard plastics-injection molding plant, intent on converting the space into a U.S. warehousing and distribution center.

“We are just doing some very minor renovations,” Maxill Inc. President Martin Maxwell confirmed in an email to The Business Journal. He said the signage was put in place during the summer, but declined to give specifics about the new operation.

Maxwell said more details would be forthcoming about the Cortland operation once the company is “better positioned” to comment. He also described Cortland as a “lovely community.”

The company purchased the 165,000-square-foot building last year for $2.16 million, according to the Trumbull County auditor’s website.

Delphi once operated its world-class plastics molding operation out of the plant. The company put it up for sale in 2008, and sold it to Dennis and David Sardello for $2.2 million in 2010, according to the auditor’s office.

A notification found through Maxill’s website shows that last year, the company advertised it was selling building equipment such as chillers, pumps, electrical equipment, air-handling units, cranes and miscellaneous materials that it would not use in its warehousing operations.

“Maxill is in the dental products business. We are in the process of converting the facility from manufacturing to warehousing,” the notice read.

The private company supplies products such as toothbrushes, picks, mouthwashes, gloves, mirrors, fluoride cleansers, toothpastes and rinses to the professional dental community, according to its website.

While it’s very active in the Canadian market, the company exports its products to the United States, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, St. Lucia, Singapore, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and Barbados.

In 2011, Maxill announced it had formed a joint venture in Jiangsu China to manufacture oral care products, conduct injection molding operations, establish a procurement operation and provide logistics services for the Asian market.

The company says it reinvests an “abnormal amount” of capital each year into research and development toward new products and has an eight-year expansion plan in place.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.