FAIRFIELD – Trew will use state research and development grants to transform 50,000 square feet of space at its Fairfield headquarters into a technology center.
Automated material handling solutions provider will use a $4 million grant from JobsOhio to transform part of its 235,000 square foot space into a research and development center.
Nathaniel Kaelin, Economic Development Manager at Fairfield, said:
“Trew has the manufacturing components, but we also specialize in developing the software behind these advanced material handling technologies.”
For example, according to Jerry Koch, vice president of marketing and product management at Trew, Trew has developed and manufactured technology that allows customers to automatically select and package products for shipment to customers or retailers. To do.
Clients include e-commerce, retail, distribution, and manufacturing. Trew’s work enables clients to fulfill orders efficiently and accurately.
Alfred Rebello, President and Chief Operating Officer of Trew, said:
“Our clients need innovation that fits their business and connects processes, technology, software and people to help them succeed.”
Ohio was chosen for the $32 million technology center for a variety of reasons, including information technology and engineering talent, and proximity to retail and e-commerce distribution centers.
JobsOhio President and CEO JP Nauseef said:
“Cincinnati has a very long history of materials handling, and the area has great access to talented people (local STEM[science, technology, engineering, math]graduates, universities, co-op programs),” says Koch. said. “All those things are important to us.”
JobsOhio worked with REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) – Cincinnati to select the location and organize the grant.
There are more than 5,700 logistics and distribution companies in the Cincinnati area, with more than 7,900 STEM graduates annually, said Kimm Lauterbach, president and CEO of REDI Cincinnati.
The move comes just two years after the company moved its headquarters from Mason to Fairfield’s Union Center Boulevard. Once completed, the company is expected to add about 75 new jobs to its Fairfield location, which also has manufacturing operations.
The company has locations in Milwaukee (manufacturing and operations) and Guelph, Ontario, Canada (operations). About 350 employees work at the three locations, Koch said.
New jobs added to Fairfield include manufacturing, software development and engineering, Koch said.