DELPHOS — Krendl Machine Company is getting ready to break ground on a 25,000 square-foot addition to its manufacturing facility in Delphos.
The $1.6 million expansion is expected to create six new full-time and two part-time positions, growing the staff to about 45 full-time employees. The company currently employs 38 full-time staff.
Company President Joseph Krendl anticipates groundbreaking will take place within the next few weeks and is hopeful construction will be finished within a year.
Krendl Machine Co. manufactures insulation machinery used by contractors and builders. The company has operated its manufacturing in Delphos since 1958 but moved to its current location on Spencerville Avenue in 2000.
The expansion, which will allow the company to perform additional manufacturing, assembling and warehousing in Delphos, was undertaken as the company outgrows its 50,000 square-foot center.
“For the last number of years we’ve seen continued growth,” Krendl said. “We’re just maxed out with the floor capacity that we have.”
The Allen County commissioners and Delphos City Council both approved an enterprise zone agreement with Allen Economic Development Group, granting the company a 10-year, 60% tax abatement related to the expansion. The abatement will take effect once construction is complete.
Approval for the enterprise zone agreement was unanimous, with Allen County commissioner Greg Sneary absent from Thursday’s vote. The Delphos City Council approved the agreement Monday evening.
Commissioners Jay Begg and Cory Noonan on Thursday thanked Krendl Machine Company president Joseph Krendl for continuing to invest in Delphos.
“Whatever we can do to help is certainly what we want to do for any local business,” Begg said.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.