American Trailer World Corp., a manufacturer, retailer, and distributor of trailers, truck equipment, and related parts and accessories in North America, will invest $18 million to establish a new trailer manufacturing facility in Batavia Township, Ohio. The project is expected to create 249 new jobs.
The facility, once completed, will produce trailers under many of its current brands, including Big Tex and PJ Trailers.
“We are pleased to announce our expansion of operations into the southern Ohio region. Also, we are excited to bring manufacturing jobs to the local community,” said Eric Blackwell, ATW COO.
The Ohio Development Services Agency approved a job creation tax credit to support ATW’s growth. JobsOhio plans to provide assistance for the project, which will be made public after a final agreement is executed.
“As many as 77% of companies say they are investing in their supply chain to increase capacity and avoid disruptions because of the pandemic,” said Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati president, and CEO. “The Cincinnati region is poised to be at the center of this investment due to its access to the rest of the country and because of investments like ATW’s. I’m grateful for our partnership with JobsOhio and the Ohio Development Service Agency for supporting ATW’s growth in Batavia Township.”
ATW was looking to expand its business presence in the Midwest so it could meet increased demands for its products, officials noted. The new site, located off State Route 32, will complement ATW’s current production facility in Mt. Orab. ATW considered locations in Michigan, Kentucky, and Indiana before choosing Batavia Township because of its proximity to existing operations and easy access to the rest of the Midwest.