SOLON, Ohio — Hana Technologies, an electronics manufacturing company, will open a facility in Solon with assistance from the city’s Job Creation Grant Program.
On Tuesday (June 21), City Council approved an agreement with Hana Technologies, which is based in Twinsburg.
The company will purchase an 111,000-square-foot facility at 29000 Aurora Road to house its manufacturing operation, Ward 7 Councilman Bill Russo said.
It’s a 10-year, 30 percent job creation grant agreement. The maximum grant amount in any year will be $196,145.
Hana’s total investment in the project is estimated at about $21.7 million, Russo said. Occupancy of the facility is expected to begin about Sept. 15, with installation of machinery and equipment to be completed by Dec. 31.
During the 10-year period of the grant, the company will create up to 203 new full-time, permanent job opportunities, starting with 114 jobs next year, Russo said.
This is expected to result in about $23.1 million in additional annual payroll to the city, he said.
“I want to welcome Hana Technologies to Solon,” Mayor Ed Kraus said. “I look forward to Hana growing and expanding in our community.”
In other action, council accepted the proposal of LPV Productions Inc. to enter into a one-year contract renewal to be the city’s cable television government channel administrator and provider of video production services.
LPV Productions is a full-service video production company based in Solon. The Council’s Finance Committee had recommended approval of the agreement, effective Aug. 1, in the amount of $61,320.
Cell phone survey
The City of Solon is seeking help from residents and visitors to identify dead zones and weak cellular network coverage, by carrier, throughout the city. Russo encourage any residents who have experienced cell phone issues to participate in a survey.
“It can identify your location where you’re having that cell phone issue, not only where it is, but also what carrier,” he said.
To take part in the survey, visit solonohio.org/cellularsurvey.
Only carrier and location information — no personal information — will be collected, according to the city’s website. Information collected will be compiled, analyzed and used to assist the city in communicating with telecommunication companies to better improve network connectivity throughout the city, the website indicates.
“Obviously, the cell phone issue is huge here and has been for many years,” Vice Mayor and Ward 5 Councilwoman Nancy Meany said. “I think it’s so important.
“Many people don’t have landlines anymore. If you have an emergency and you can’t get your cell phone to work, it is scary.
“So I would strongly encourage residents to please put in your info (via the survey) so we can maybe get something done with these companies.”
Enjoy fireworks, but be cautious
A fireworks show will take place at dark July 1 at Solon Community Park, 6679 SOM Center Road.
The park will open at 7 pm for families and friends to gather for this annual event. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Fire Chief Mark Vedder said even though House Bill 172, which goes into effect July 1, legalizes consumer-grade fireworks on certain days of the year in Ohio, fireworks are “still inherently dangerous.”
“As a result, they should only be utilized by sober adults, and even then it’s still dangerous,” he said. “So it’s important to be cautious with them.
“The best way to enjoy fireworks is to come to the July 1 celebration at the Community Park, where professionals are setting off the fireworks and it’s being carefully controlled by the fire department, with inspectors being involved in that, to make sure everything is safe and done well.”
According to House Bill 172, signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine in November, Ohio residents can shoot off consumer-grade fireworks on such holidays as the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
“I know that people will utilize some sparklers and things in town and maybe some fireworks, and we hope that’s all done safely,” Vedder said.
Farmers Market returns
Several council members noted that the city’s Farmers Market is back for a second season, starting Wednesday (June 22). Hours are 3 to 7 pm at Bicentennial Park, 34025 Bainbridge Road.
The market is also scheduled for July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 17, Aug. 31 and Sept. 14.
For more information, contact Tracy Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council’s next scheduled meeting is at 7:30 pm July 18.
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