LIMA — A Lima company plans to add 15 to 20 jobs in Lima as it expands its ability to turn liquids into powder.
Wannemacher Total Logistics will move its spray drying operation from Upper Sandusky to Lima in a renovated building at 2350 Central Park Parkway, company president Andy Wannemacher announced Friday morning.
“It’s going to really increase our business quite a bit,” Wannemacher said. “We’ll be able to triple our capacity of what we’re doing at our current facility.”
Wannemacher Total Logistics will invest in a new dryer tower at the renovated facility. It should open sometime in 2019.
That will increase its capacity for spray drying, a process of drying materials by shooting particles into a current of hot air, causing the water in the particles to rapidly evaporate.
The company can dry food products, nutraceuticals and pharmaceutical products for clients. The process is Kosher, FDA-approved and Department of Agriculture certified.
The Upper Sandusky plant has more than 30 years of contract manufacturing experience. It has seven employees, according to the City of Upper Sandusky.
“We currently only can do about 150-pound bags,” Wannemacher said. “When we move here, we’ll be able to do larger quantities, which is one of the things our customers are really driving for us.”
The project came about with collaboration from the City of Lima, Allen County and Allen Economic Development Group, Wannemacher said.
“We’ve wanted to bring our spray drying process to Lima for a number of years. Now, with the help and cooperation of the City of Lima and Allen County, we can make that a reality in 2019,” Wannemacher said in a press release. “Moving the plant to Lima benefits our customers, being nearer our warehousing and trucking facilities, and the new facility will increase production, quality and capabilities.”
Wannemacher Total Logistics, founded in 1991, also works in warehousing, packaging and transportation. It has more than 1 million of warehousing space.