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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NARMCO seeks big incentive to establish world HQ in Windsor

The Windsor Star/Doug Schmidt

A Windsor-based global automotive parts company is seeking more than a million dollars in municipal incentives to set up its world headquarters in its hometown.

“Your support could be very persuasive in making this a reality,” NARMCO Group representative Gary Kelly told members of city council’s planning and economic standing committee Monday.

“This is not a for-sure thing,” added NARMCO Group corporate manager Don Rodzik Jr. He told committee members there has been “significant pressure from our customers to have it elsewhere.”

The plan would see the company invest an estimated $15 million to construct a new 21,600-square-foot manufacturing facility at its existing industrial property off Prince Road. Over the long term, the company said it could mean 80 manufacturing jobs added to its automotive metal stampings plant, where an estimated 400 workers are currently employed.

The proposal also includes a 14,600-square-foot office addition at that location to create a 26,000-square-foot NARMCO worldwide headquarters with about 65 office staff. Those white-collar employees are currently located across Windsor and elsewhere.

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