Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Officials warm to Down Lite tax break




By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TWP. — Trustees have given their support to an application by Down Lite International for a Warren County tax break.

        It could lead to a $9 million expansion and the relocation of up to 85 jobs.

        The application seeks an exemption of up to 50 percent on personal property taxes for five years.

        County commissioners, who have final say, could discuss the application this month.

        Down Lite wants to build a 150,000-square-foot manufacturing and office complex to house more than $500,000 in machinery and equipment.

        The company hopes to break ground by April and have the project completed by spring 2002, Executive Administrator Dan Theno said.

        The 20-year-old company, which manufactures down-filled products such as comforters and pillows for private brand names, wants to move from its two locations in Loveland to the Governor's Pointe North industrial park on Duke Drive.

        This would be Down Lite's sixth expansion.

        “We are excited about Down Lite becoming a part of this vital, growing community,” said Larry Werthaiser, president of Down Lite International.

        Trustee Barbara Reed said, “Down Lite is another example of the many companies looking to relocate to Deerfield Township because of the tremendous opportunity here.”

        Township officials said the company would likely add 40 full-time positions over the next three years.

       



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