>Fairfield, Ohio: The Western States Machine Company, which manufactures equipment for sugar refining, will build a 76,000-square-foot facility on Commerce Center Drive in Fairfield. The company is leaving an older facility in Hamilton that it has outgrown.
Western States, which dates back to 1917, will relocate 67 jobs to Fairfield and add at least 24 new jobs within the next three years. Doug Buckner, the president of Western States, said the machines are “sold overseas, so it’s not just good for the community, it’s good for the country.”
The agreement with the city would provide an eight-year, 75 percent property tax incentive on the new facility. In addition, Western States has agreed to compensate the Fairfield City School District $23,000 per year and Butler Tech $700 per year for the eight-year term of the agreement. Construction on the new facility is slated to be finished by the end of 2013.
FairWinds Advisors assisted Western States with the procurement of incentives with the City of Fairfield and State of Ohio. FairWinds Advisors was retained for site selection, incentive procurement and fulfillment services. This was a competitive project with several sites also being considered. FairWinds Advisors was able to negotiate a competitive incentive package.