STOW — Stow's planning commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a request from Instantwhip to more than double its space on Hudson Drive.

The existing building is about 17,000 square feet. The 21,065-square-foot addition would be located on a currently vacant, mostly wooded space next to the existing facility at 4870 Hudson Drive and would be added onto its south side.

Instantwhip, which was founded in 1934, provides dairy products, non-dairy products and other food service supplies to the food and beverage and hospitality sectors, according to its website.

Instantwhip-Akron Inc. vice president Kevin Sheaffer said the company wants to expand the building because it needs more space. The expansion will be all warehouse space, he said.

"We've grown the business so much over the years, especially in the last two or three years," he said. "We're renting a space now down the road in Hudson, so we're already filling the warehouse pretty good."

Sheaffer said a couple of jobs could be added to the company because of the expansion "but not too many at this time." Instantwhip's Stow location currently has 34 employees, including six part-time employees.

As part of the project, the parking lot and truck circulation area would be expanded to the south, and the entrance drive would be relocated about 50 feet to the south.

David Pelligra, of David Pelligra and Architects, is the project architect, and Rick Rexrode, of Creative Building, is the project builder.

Stow planning director Rob Kurtz said the request had to come before the city's planning commission because the project includes an addition that is more than 25 percent of the existing building.

Sheaffer said there isn't a timeline for the project, as the work will depend on the weather.

The request will now go to Stow City Council's planning committee, which will vote on it during its meeting at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 13 in the council chambers at 3760 Darrow Road. If it's approved, it will go to the Stow City Council for a vote at the council's meeting immediately after at 7 p.m.

"This was the first step," Sheaffer said of the planning commission's approval.

Beacon Journal reporter Emily Mills can be reached at 330-996-3334, emills@thebeaconjournal.com and @EmilyMills818.