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Published: Tuesday, 8/29/2006

Illinois firm receives help for area project

An Illinois company received tax credit help from the state yesterday to create 245 jobs as part of its expansion in Bellevue in Huron County to service the nearby Whirlpool plant.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a 45 percent, five-year credit to help Wilbert Inc. lease and renovate a nearly 200,000-square-foot building to manufacture injection-molded plastic parts, mainly for the washer and dryer industry.

The privately held company, with more than 1,500 employees worldwide, plans to spend at least $11 million on the project. The company will add 245 jobs and retain 30, paying an average hourly wage of $11.

Wilbert also will receive from the Development Financing Advisory Council a $1.5 million loan, at 3 percent interest for 10 years, to buy machinery.

The state tax credit panel also approved a 55 percent, 10-year credit for Alpla Inc. to create 30 jobs at its new factory in Allen County.

The firm plans to buy a building in Fort Shawnee or to build in Perry Township. The facility would have 100,000 square feet and would be used primarily to manufacture plastic containers for liquid consumer products.

Alpla, a subsidiary of an Austrian company, will spend nearly $16 million and pay $15 an hour to workers.

In an unrelated matter, the state's Controlling Board was asked yesterday to release funds for the following projects:

•$677,000 for roof replacement and site improvements at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Toledo.

•$121,000 to the city of Sandusky for an environmental assessment on the former Sandusky Cabinets property in Erie County.

•$75,500 for boiler replacement at the Oakwood Correctional Facility in Lima in Allen County.

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