Egg-Laying Business’ Expansion to be Served by North Western Electric

Defi­ance County com­mis­sion­ers recently approved a tax abate­ment related to the con­struc­tion of an egg-pro­duc­tion facil­ity near Hicksville. The producer, Hillan­dale Farms Ohio, plans to build the facil­ity on Rosedale Road at a cost of $41 million.

The project includes eight pro­duc­tion barns, water wells, manure-waste han­dling and stor­age facil­i­ties, and a waste lagoon. Hillandale plans to begin with two million hens and production of 125,000 dozen eggs before expanding to four million hens and 250,000 dozen eggs. The planned facility will be served by North Western Electric Cooperative.

Hillandale agreed to cre­ate 65 full-time jobs. In return, the county has granted the company a 60 per­cent tax exemp­tion over 10 years for real prop­erty improve­ments. Com­mis­sion­ers also approved a devel­op­ment agree­ment with Hil­lan­dale Farms.

Defi­ance County will complete improve­ments on Rosedale Road, and pro­vide $50,000 in com­mu­nity devel­op­ment block grant (CDBG) funds, plus $214,000 in Ohio Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion jobs and com­merce funds. Hil­lan­dale, in turn, will con­tribute $166,000 toward the financ­ing of the road improve­ments.

Previously, the county commissioners authorized application for a $500,000 CDBG grant through Ohio Development Services Agency to fund improvements.

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