Kubota to build research facility at Canton wastewater plantThe company will be developing new wastewater treatment technology at the location, though the project specifics are still under discussion, officials said.
CANTON - Kubota Membrane USA Corporation signed a lease with the city Thursday to build a research and development site on the grounds of the Canton Water Reclamation Facility.
The company will be developing new wastewater treatment technology at the location, though the project specifics are still under discussion, officials said. They expect to initially employ four people and hope to open in December.
The reclamation facility is undergoing an $80 million upgrade — expected to be completed in 2017 — to address requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency. Kubota manufactures the high-tech membrane bioreactor filtration system being installed, the first unit of which is scheduled to be up and running in August.
City officials agreed Thursday to lease several acres of land in the east-central portion of the Water Reclamation Facility to the Canton Community Improvement Corporation, which is then subleasing the property to the corporation in a 10-year lease with two five-year renewal options. The entire 184-acre property at the Water Reclamation Facility was annexed into the city from Canton Township this week.
The Kubota Corporation will pay $1 a year plus any taxes.
Service Director William Bartos said the real value for the city is having a major corporation operate here and that some treatment cost savings are anticipated because the corporation will do wastewater treating and testing as part of its research.
The construction project for the new facility has gone out to bid and will use local labor. Dave Kirven, president of East Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, said he expects the job will take 40 to 50 people.
Mayor William J. Healy II said during a signing ceremony Thursday that discussions with the corporation date back to 2008. The long-term goal, he said, is to bring part of the manufacturing arm of the corporation to Canton as well.
Kazuhiro Shinabe, executive officer of Kubota Corporation and general manager of water engineering and solution division, called Thursday historic because it marked the establishment of the corporation’s first research and development facility in North America.
“We believe that Canton is a great place to do business, and we look forward to being here for many years to come,” he said.
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