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Advanced Drainage Systems Plans Hilliard, Ohio, Engineering & Technology Center

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., a leading provider of innovative water management solutions in the stormwater and onsite septic wastewater industries, will build a 110,000-square-foot Engineering & Technology Center in Hilliard, Ohio. The $65 million project is expected to create 200 jobs.

The company plans to break ground in October at a 17-acre site at Lyman Drive and Davidson Road. The site is located west of ADS' Trueman Blvd. headquarters and will have a frontage on I-270. Operations are planned for late 2023. The expansion will allow the company to consolidate all of the current product development and testing operations and manufacturing engineering development into one central location.

"The ADS Engineering & Technology Center will be the most advanced stormwater engineering center in the world dedicated to product engineering, material science, including recycled plastics, and manufacturing technologies. This new facility will accelerate our development of products designed to capture, convey, store and treat our most precious resource: water," said ADS President and CEO Scott Barbour. "In this new center, our team of engineers, scientists, and technicians will build sustainable solutions that utilize recycled plastics to improve quality of life in communities across North America."

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority will provide ADS with tax credit assistance to continue the company's expansion in Hilliard. In return, the company must invest at least $10.8 million into the project, retain 322 existing jobs currently in Hilliard, and create 200 new jobs that would result in $20 million of new payroll to the state.

"Clean water is critical to our economy and quality of life, and with talent from Ohio, ADS is not only protecting our water supply but also strengthening its position as the largest plastic recycler in North America," added Governor Mike DeWine. "The new, cutting-edge facility that ADS is bringing to Ohio will advance technologies that preserve our natural resources and improve our environment while creating 200 new jobs in Hilliard."

ADS also received significant assistance from JobsOhio, Ohio's unique private economic development corporation, and One Columbus, its regional economic development partner, in site selection and connecting ADS with the appropriate economic development and city partners to ensure successful completion of the project.

"ADS is an Ohio-headquartered company that is an industry leader in stormwater solutions and plastics recycling in the North American market," said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. "These new, state-of-the-art labs will develop innovations that will sustain our environment, reduce plastic in our landfills, and create high-demand jobs in the Columbus Region."

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets polypropylene and polyethylene pipes, plastic leach field chambers and systems, septic tanks and accessories, storm retention/detention and septic chambers, polyvinyl chloride drainage structures, fittings, and water filters and water separators.

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