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KDC/ONE Eyes Groveport, Ohio, Manufacturing Center

KDC/ONE, a Canadian-based contract manufacturer of personal care products, will invest about $90 million to expand into a new production facility in Groveport, Ohio.

The facility, a former Kmart distribution center, is expected to create approximately 200 new jobs and open in the third quarter of 2021. According to company officials, the new site will add more than 569,000 sq. ft. of packaging and manufacturing space to the organization’s footprint in Ohio.

“The access and logistical advantages exhibited in Columbus have served our business well and support our innovative solutions,” KDC/ONE CEO Nick Whitley said in a press release. “Now we can leverage the added capacity to take advantage of current trends, ramp production, and quickly bring them to market, maintaining product pipelines for our customers.”

As an incentive, under an agreement approved by the Groveport City Council, the company could receive tax incentives equal to 35% of its annual gross withholdings.

“The Groveport expansion is a testament to the success and the support we have experienced in the Columbus area,” said Ian Kalinosky, President of Specialty Retail for KDC/ONE. “Customer-service is central to all we do, and the proximity to our customers, local talent, as well as the support that we received from One Columbus, Jobs Ohio and the City of Groveport were deciding factors to increase our footprint and investment in Ohio.”

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