Beacon Journal staff writer
The Akron City Council approved a grant Monday that helped lure a Cuyahoga Falls company to relocate to Akron.
The grant is tied to the ability of Inspiron Logistics, an emergency alert company, to expand.
Inspiron, which sends Web-based alerts to its customers, recently moved to its new home in the United Building at Main and Market Streets in downtown Akron. The expanding business, which now has 13 full-time employees, expects to hire 65 additional employees in the next five years.
Akron gave the company a relocation grant, which will award the business 1 percent of its payroll from the prior year for each of the next five years to pay for relocation and training expenses. If the company expands as expected, that could equate to more than $100,000, said Rita Weinberg, with the city's economic development office.
''This is a way to help a company that wants to come to Akron and create new jobs,'' she said.
Inspiron provides mass emergency notification to governments, universities, hospitals and other entities, using cell phones, pagers, traditional phones and computers.
''We needed a larger space to accommodate our growth,'' Scott Dettling, the company's president, told the City Council. ''We found locations in a number of areas. We decided on downtown Akron.''
The United Building doubled the company's space to nearly 7,000 square feet.
Dettling said the company's employees are a mix of sales and operational staff that ''support our clients throughout North America.''
The company's local clients include the University of Akron, the Summit County Emergency Management Agency and all of Akron's hospitals.
If Akron owes Cuyahoga Falls because of a tax-sharing agreement, the company's grant will be reduced, Weinberg said.