Township trustees grant abatement to business

An innovative and growing grassroots business is hoping to relocate into Batavia Township, and a tax abatement granted by the trustees on Sept. 5 is expected to have sealed the deal.

Victory Industrial Products, a Miami Township business, is looking to expand its business by perhaps four times in a move to Batavia Township that will allow the business to keep up with demand.

“Basically, we want to petition for a tax abatement for our business and move our business from Miami Township to Batavia Township,” said owner Bonnie Freeman. “My husband and I are co-owners of the business, which we started in 1985 in the basement of our home. Now, we have 110 employees and we plan to quadruple in size, hopefully in Batavia Township.”

Freeman and her husband Dale began the operation after he was laid off from work. Dale began by building and selling landscaping and utility trailers from his basement, and the business has since switched to building high tech accessories for industrial backup generators.

“We manufacture accessories for backup power generators,” said Freeman. “The generators you see at facilities like businesses or hospitals get components added to them, and we manufacture those. Most of our employees are in production, about 90 percent, and the rest are in the office. We’ve looked at different properties, but the majority of our employees are from Clermont County so we’d like to stay local. For the scope of our project, the tax abatement would make a big difference.”

The lifelong Milford natives said that they hope to move to the corner of Taylor and Clough roads in Batavia Township. The tax abatement granted is for nine years with a 60 percent cut.

“Five years ago, we moved into our current facility and thought that it would be big enough,” said Freeman. “It was five acres and we built a facility to fit on five acres. Now, we’re looking at 10 to 13 acres and filing up that space. It’s quite a large project. We’d like to keep it here.”

The expected cost of the building alone is expected to top $3 million. Trustee Deborah Clepper advised the couple that they had picked an appropriate base of operations.

“You’ve picked the right town to come to, our electric goes out all the time,” said Clepper. “There’s a big need for generators in these businesses.”

The Freemans agreed, saying that the move would also allow them to install something their backup generator business has been lacking – a backup generator.

“This will actually allow us to have a generator,” said Freeman. “When the power goes out, you’re looking at all of these generators and you don’t have one. They’re not ours to hook up. This will give us the opportunity to own one.”