At its regular meeting on Wednesday, the City of Delaware Planning Commission will be considering approval of a Preliminary Development Plan for a 11.32 acre parcel at 100 Colomet Drive.
Ohio Steel Industries, a manufacturer based in northeast Columbus that specializes in contracting manufacturing, plastic extrusion, and structural steel fabrication, plans to expand its operations by investing over $8 million in a Delaware industrial building on that site. The proposed expansion at 100 Colomet Dr. would create several job opportunities.
Ohio Steel has an option to purchase the property, and the company is proposing a two-phased development for the site. The existing 36,222-square-foot industrial building formerly housed Chroma Color Corp.
According to documents, the proposed phase one of the Ohio Steel Industries expansion project at 100 Colomet Dr. in Delaware would involve constructing a new rail spur to access the existing railroad track, a new gravel area for outdoor storage, new silos, and more. Phase Two would include either building a new 36,000-square-foot facility or adding onto the existing building, along with additional parking spaces if needed.
Ohio Steel plans to employ 52 full-time workers, including most of the former Chroma Color workers previously employed at the Delaware location, with an average annual salary of $52,000. These new jobs are expected to generate $2.6 million in payroll and $48,100 in new income taxes for the city each year.
An economic incentive grant request for the project will be presented to Delaware City Council in March. Ohio Steel currently operates multiple facilities in Central Ohio, including its plastic extrusion and contract manufacturing operations in Columbus, as well as a structural steel fabrication plant in Pataskala. The company was founded in 1958 and employs nearly 200 people across its production, warehousing, and rental real estate facilities, totaling over 300,000 square feet.