PIQUA – Winans Chocolates and Coffees has announced plans to expand its footprint into downtown Piqua.
The company says it is adding a 6,000 square foot building next to its current production facility that will serve as a coffee roasting facility.
The project is expected to create 6 new jobs and represents a capital investment of over $600,000. JobsOhio has awarded the project a $100,000 JobsOhio Revitalization Grant, according to a statement.
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“This assistance will make it easier for our company to redevelop a vacant industrial building in the historically economically depressed downtown Piqua, Ohio,” said Wilson Reiser, CEO of Winans. “A core value of our business is rooting and reinvesting in the small towns that have supported us over the years.”
Reiser said the renovation will allow the Winans to increase their coffee production to meet growing demand and allow their chocolate operation to expand into the current coffee area.
Winans moved into its current production facility in 2015. The additional space, located across E. High Street, will provide capacity for further growth.
“We are thrilled to support a company with such a deep and proud history in Ohio,” said Chris Schmiesing, Director of Community and Economic Development for Piqua. “Helping them continue to grow in their hometown and fuel the transformation of downtown Piqua represents an exciting opportunity for Winans and the Piqua community.
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