Speak a Good Word for Springfield: Silfex a Huge Win for Our Community
Silfex, the silicon components and assemblies company that is pouring $223M into the former Vining Broom Company Building located on Titus Road near PrimeOhio Corporate Park, just may be one the greatest wins ever for our great community that is moving forward again.
This grand slam for Springfield started as a multi-state search that included sites and buildings from 36 communities vying for this incredible project. Our economic development team (Dayton Development Coalition, City & County, Chamber) led by Horton Hobbs was able to rise to the top of the heap by exceeding the objectives and needs of the company in a way that no other community could demonstrate.
We have said over and over that “OUR LOCATION” is our greatest asset! Whether it is our size of community, our quality of life, our proximity to amenities, our ability to attract a diverse talent mix from both the Columbus and Dayton markets, we have something special to sell as we move forward again.
A BIG Thank You for the hard work that our economic and workforce development partners put into this game changing opportunity for Greater Springfield! We have an incredibly talented group of people doing this work, and it is now paying off in a huge way.
From the Springfield News-Sun:
The Silflex company held an open house at the new 350,000 square foot facility on Titus Road. The company held an open house to allow the community to view the space before they invest over $200 million to covert the empty warehouse into a state of the art manufacturing facility.
Silfex, an Eaton-based manufacturing company that has pledged to bring 400 jobs to Springfield, will start construction on its new $223 million plant, possibly as early as next week.
Here are three things to know about the manufacturer and its pledge to bring more jobs to the region.
1. Construction, hiring to begin soon
On Tuesday, company leaders hosted a project preview and open house at their new property on Titus Road. The site is now a vacant 350,000-square-foot warehouse near the PrimeOhio Industrial Park that previously housed the former Thirty-One Gifts plant.
Company officials said they expect the plant to be up and running by Jan. 1 but hope it’s ready sooner. The company is working with OhioMeansJobs and the Chamber of Greater Springfield to find skilled workers for the new plant. Construction efforts are anticipated to start as early as next week.
2. Wide variety of jobs available
Jobs available at the plant will include CNC machinists and operators, crystal growing technicians, engineers, and administrative and support staff.
To fill those positions, Silfex plans to host career fairs, recruit local workers with experience in manufacturing and partner with entities like Clark State Community College and Wright State University to attract skilled employees. It also plans to host a job fair in Springfield in April.
3. Springfield chosen for its workforce
The city wasn’t initially near the top of the company’s list of finalists, said Mike McDorman, president and CEO of the Chamber of Greater Springfield. But local leaders provided research that showed the region’s workforce was awash in skilled workers with experience in manufacturing in a variety of other industries.
Springfield has a long history in manufacturing, said Tom Franzen, assistant city manager and director of economic development. But the kind of products Silfex produces are different from the city’s traditional manufacturing base that includes automotive and other industries more prone to boom and bust.
“It’s an additional reason why we’re optimistic about the impact this is going to have on our economy going forward,” Franzen said.