VAN WERT — A Michigan-based company has announced plans to bring a $10 million processing plant to Van Wert.
Trucent Renewable Chemicals’ new site is expected to create at least 21 new jobs. The company will take over a vacant building at 1202 Industrial Park on the city’s south side.
TRC, a division of Trucent, with headquarters in Dexter, Mich., processes vegetable oils into renewable oleo-chemicals, which in turn are shipped to customers for applications ranging from machining fluids, paints, adhesives, plastics and animal feed, according to a company press release. The new Van Wert facility will allow for increased production of existing products, expansion into new markets and development of new products, according to company officials.
“Northwest Ohio is the intersection of the agricultural and industrial markets, and that is a key reason we located in this area,” said TRC Director James Bleyer.
Startup at the Van Wert facility is expected to begin early spring, according to company officials.
Bleyer said Ohio’s workforce is highly respected and can handle the production requirements.
Stacy Adam, of the Van Wert Area Economic Development office, welcomed the company with open arms.
“We are very happy they chose Ohio, and specifically Van Wert, for their new facility,” Adam said. “We are looking forward to working with them as they begin operations at the new location.”
Adam said she was especially happy that the company plans to use a 190,000-square foot facility that sat vacant in recent years.
Trucent employs 120 people across its different divisions, with locations in Middletown, Ohio, as well as in Tennessee, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Canada and Mexico.