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Ohio EPA Director Tours Anomatic at New Albany Beauty Park;
Latest Permit Allows New Anodizing Lines, 60 More Jobs
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler today toured Anomatic’s Innovation Design Center and state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at 8880 Innovation Campus Ct. in the New Albany Beauty Park. The latest air permit from Ohio EPA enables the expanding company to add two aluminum anodizing lines and hire 60 more people at the plant this year.
Before issuing the permit in January, Ohio EPA made sure emissions would comply with federal and state air pollution control standards, laws and regulations to protect public health and the environment.
“Ohio EPA is pleased to proactively work with businesses to make sure we issue environmentally protective permits as efficiently as possible while promoting job growth in our state,” Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler said. “Anomatic is a fast growing company and this is an example of how Ohio EPA works with our stakeholders to provide quality service and support Ohio businesses.”
Currently, Anomatic operates two anodizing lines and employs 120 people in the New Albany development zone. It began operating there in February 2012 after Ohio EPA issued all necessary permits to accommodate an ambitious construction schedule.
“Ohio EPA responded very quickly to our questions which helped us acquire permits in a very short period of time,” explained William B. Rusch, Senior Advisor at Anomatic Corporation. “This public-private partnership and spirit of cooperation is a significant help to industry which helped us to choose New Albany, Ohio rather than alternatives in neighboring states.”
Ohio EPA worked with Anomatic and Columbus 2020 to quickly meet the company’s business needs in an environmentally protective manner. Faced with increasing market demand in 2011, Anomatic had to increase capacity by 250 million units but could not do so at its existing Licking County facility. Since 1989, Anomatic has operated in Newark, where it currently runs eight anodizing lines and employs 650 people. Anomatic makes on average 100 million parts per year per line, and with the addition of two lines at the New Albany plant, the company was able to produce 1.1 billion parts in 2013. Another two lines there will allow Anomatic to make an estimated 1.5 billion parts per year starting this summer.
The final air permit is available online and at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office, 50 W. Town St., Columbus, by first calling (614) 728-3778. Photos from today’s tour will be available to media upon request.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.