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Central Ohio expected to gain 466 jobs from projects offered tax credits

Central Ohio stands to gain 466 jobs from six companies that were offered state tax incentives on Monday, including a South Dakota packaging company that plans its first expansion here.

Bell Inc., based in Sioux Falls, has yet to pick a site locally for its Bell Ohio operation, which is expected to employ 275 workers with an annual payroll of $9.2 million. The packaging company will invest $30 million.

The project was one of nine to be approved at Monday’s Ohio Tax Credit Authority meeting. The projects are expected to create 875 jobs and retain 1,120 jobs statewide.

The jobs will result in $43.7 million in new annual payroll and generate $204.6 million in investment in the state.

Much of Bell Ohio’s investment will go toward a plant and equipment, which will serve food and consumer packaged-goods companies.

Hiring for press operators, machine operators and production employees is expected to start early next year.

“The Columbus region provides our company with ideal accessibility to better service our customers, and positions our organization for strong near- and long-term growth,” said Benjamin Graham, Bell’s president and CEO.

The tax credits have an estimated value of $744,000.

Other projects offered incentives include plans by labeling company CCL Label to put its first personal-care label manufacturing plant in the U.S. in New Albany, where it will have 80 workers with an annual payroll of $3.6 million.

The tax credits have an estimated value of $293,000.

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ComResource, an information-services and software company, plans to add 70 jobs with an annual payroll of $4.2 million as part of an expansion of Columbus headquarters. The company will invest $750,000 as part of the project.

The expansion will include installation of a data center to service clients.

The company plans to hire soon for jobs in development, data analysis and customer support. The expansion fits into the region’s growth as a technology hub.

The tax credits have an estimated value of $377,000.

Questline, which provides communication services for power companies and utilities, plans to add 18 jobs with an annual payroll of $1.6 million as part of an expansion of its Dublin office.

The company provides digital communication, analytics and industry insights to energy utilities.

The tax credits have an estimated value of $112,000.

Grote, which makes food-processing equipment, plans to invest $850,000 to expand its headquarters in Gahanna. The expansion will add 13 jobs to its workforce of 100 people.

The expansion is tied to Grote’s acquisition of Pizzamatic in July.

Hiring for the new jobs starts next week. The company is looking for machinists, welders, assemblers, engineers and planner-buyers.

The tax credits have an estimated value of $23,000.

Atlantic Pacific Equipment plans to open a warehouse and logistics facility in Marion, bringing with it 10 jobs.

The industrial-scaffolding manufacturer has experienced growing customer demand in recent months, creating the need for a new facility.

The tax credits have an estimated value of $36,000.

Hiring will begin next year.

This article was written by Mark Williams from The Columbus Dispatch and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.