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12-30-03: AAP St. Marys Corp. to expand

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ST. MARYS — AAP St. Marys Corp. is expanding again.
The automotive wheel-maker that is a supplier to Honda is adding new equipment and hiring more people at its McKinley Road plant. St. Marys City Council members meeting Monday passed first reading of an ordinance approving a tax abatement agreement as an incentive for the company’s $6 million expansion.
AAP has expanded several times since opening in St. Marys in 1988. When the company opened, it employed about 150; today, there are more than 400 on the job there.
The tax abatement agreement — which still must be approved by Auglaize County Commissioners — forgives 50 percent of taxes on personal property for 10 years. AAP promises to invest $6 million in new equipment and add 10 full-time jobs.
Just six weeks ago, city council members gave final approval to amend AAP’s last tax abatement agreement with the city to reflect higher-than-expected investment. That expansion was to include $6.1 million in new equipment but the company ended up investing more than $8 million. An amended agreement was necessary for the company to take advantage of tax breaks on the extra investment.
Also during a busy session Monday, council members approved collective bargaining agreements with two city unions and set pay raises and other benefits for non-union workers.
A contract with the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which represents nine police patrolmen, grants 3 percent pay raises annually. A contract with the Utility Workers Union of America, which represents 55 utility and general service positions in the city, gives 3.5 percent raises each year.
Police employees and administration supervisory staff not covered by the union contracts also will see 3 percent pay raises under terms of separate ordinances.
All of the employment contracts run for three years.
In other business Monday, council members:
• Passed an emergency ordinance accepting the annexation of a 4.51-acre parcel owned by Louis and Beatrice Borger in St. Marys Township. County commissioners already have approved the annexation.
• Tabled discussion on the 2004 budget appropriations.
• Passed final reading of an ordinance clarifying terms of the permit process for parades and public assemblies.
• Passed final reading of a lease agreement with TSC Communications, Wapakoneta, to use certain city-owned utility conduit.
• Passed final reading of an ordinance amending the timeline for a tax abatement for T.G. Finetech, a Japanese firm that has delayed its plans to build in the industrial park.


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