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Trumbull Manufacturing to Expand in Austintown

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Trumbull Manufacturing Inc. wants to invest money in a new operation here so it can manufacture products locally rather than rely on imports, an economic development specialist says.

The company plans to spend nearly $2 million to upgrade a building at 3850 Henricks Road, including $300,000 on new equipment, said Genna Petrolla, manager of business development in Trumbull County for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber.

“You have to admire that they’re looking to create things here instead of importing,” she said.

The building was formerly occupied by Precision of Ohio Inc., an aluminum fabricator based in West VIrginia.

The chamber, along with the Western Reserve Port Authority and the state of Ohio, helped pull together an incentives package that includes a tax abatement of 60% over 10 years on new real estate. Austintown Township Trustees approved the abatement last month and the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners approved the agreement at its meeting Tuesday.

“We’re in the process of talking to the state about training programs,” Petrolla said.

Trumbull Manufacturing, formed in 1981, produces parts for municipal and industrial water systems such as valves, chainwheels, floorstands, wall brackets and stem guides, according to its website. Trumbull Industries was established in 1922.

Petrolla said the company wanted to expand but was landlocked in the “Golden Triangle” industrial sector of Warren, where it shares a location with its sister company, Trumbull Industries. At least five new jobs would be created at the Austintown site, while 22 would be transferred from Warren.

The Austintown site is ideal because it allows room for future expansion if required, Petrolla said. “The building was in really good shape,” she said. Trumbull Industries operates a distribution operation on Meridian Road, not far from where the new operation on Henricks Road.

Petrolla said that Trumbull Manufacturing was also considering a site in western Pennsylvania. “We then started to have retention conversations,” she said, and suggested the Austintown location since there were no suitable locations in Trumbull County.

“This was a great retention project,” Petrolla observed. “This could just be the first phase.”

Pictured: Trumbull Manufacturing is spending nearly $2 million to renovate this building, 3850 Henricks Road in Austintown.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.