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LIMA — The Basement Doctor is celebrating its new location today with an open house to benefit the West Ohio Food Bank.

The business has doubled its space and improved its capacity with a new location at 228 E. Pearl St., in downtown Lima.

The business is celebrating from noon to 4 p.m. today with lunch, cornhole and a 50/50 drawing with all the proceeds benefiting the West Ohio Food Bank. The business is also asking people to bring canned goods to donate.

During a ribbon cutting hosted by the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce on Friday, co-owner John Clements joked that the recent heavy rains made for a challenging week to host a ribbon cutting and open house, but that he appreciated the support of the community with the new location.

“The response we’ve received since we’ve come into this building has been incredible. We’re looking forward to a great future in Lima and helping the community grow,” Clements said. “This building fits our needs. It’s over twice as big as our old location. The warehouse is huge. We own the lot across the street and next door, so there’s room for growth.”

The business handles basement waterproofing, mold issues and emergency cleanup. The business moved in October and has been making improvements to the space since then. Some improvements had already been made for them at the former Terry and Jack Neon Sign Co. After a fire there, the former owners renovated the office space.

At the former Basement Doctor location in Elida, office employees shared an office and the space allowed for only two crews. The new location provides separate offices, keeps equipment and vehicles under roof and will allow for 10 to 15 crews at a time eventually, Clements said.

The company employs about 15 people currently and Clements plans on adding another five to 10 people in the next five years. The business grew by two full-time employees already and another is on the way.

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