Gina Mace

CUYAHOGA FALLS: City Council has approved a tax break to help a company whose operations were devastated by a fire in December rebuild and expand its operations.


Falls council voted Tuesday to offer Technicote a 15-year, 50 percent property tax break.


Judson Waters, the company’s director of operations, said the company had considered relocating its operation of more than 30 years after the fire, but opted to stay in the Falls after the support it received to rebuild from both its employees and the city.


The company plans to begin construction on a 45,000-square-foot expansion as early as next month. The company expects the plant to be fully operational by the end of the year.


Technicote Inc. plans to invest $10.3 million in construction, new equipment and inventory. The tax break would save the company about $35,000 a year.


Jennifer Syx, the city’s deputy director of development, said the Woodridge school district would still receive more tax revenue than the company currently pays.


In the next two years, the company plans to add 12 employees on top of the 40 employees there before the fire. The Marc Drive plant was nearly destroyed in a fire Dec. 16.


After the fire, some plant employees remained in the Falls and helped with the cleanup and returned to work in a portion of the factory that survived the fire. Another 25 employees were temporarily transferred to a plant in Indiana.


All but six of the workers have returned to the Marc Drive plant.