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Cincinnati’s Enerfab announces hiring spree for Harrison facility expansion: 44 jobs to be added

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Cincinnati, Ohio – Enerfab, a major industrial services company based in Spring Grove Village, Cincinnati, has announced plans to hire 44 new employees over the next three years. These positions will contribute an additional $4.1 million to the annual payroll and will be based at a facility located at 119 May Drive in Harrison. The company has committed to a five-year lease of the building, signed in June, with a planned investment of $500,000 to set up the space.

In this new Harrison facility, Enerfab will focus on expanding its component manufacturing and modular assembly divisions, transferring these operations from locations outside the state. Additionally, the facility will start assembling integrated pipe modules. The local team will also handle the installation and upkeep of mechanical systems throughout the Ohio Valley, a key area that accounted for 40% of Enerfab’s revenue in 2023.

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“The new Harrison facility represents a major investment behind our regional mechanical business that supports the rapid growth in pre-fabrication and modular construction across multiple industries,” Enerfab President and CEO Aaron Landolt said in a media release.

On June 24, the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved a tax credit for Enerfab, offering them a 1.488% reduction for eight years. In exchange, Enerfab agrees to keep its operations running at the Harrison facility for at least 11 years. Ohio was chosen over Indiana, Georgia, Mississippi, and Wisconsin as the site for this project, according to state documents.

If Enerfab meets certain performance criteria, the tax incentive could be worth up to $460,000. Additionally, JobsOhio, a private nonprofit focused on economic development, along with its local branch, REDI Cincinnati, will provide further assistance to the project, as stated in the announcement.

“Enerfab’s enduring legacy and expansion announcement is a testament to our region’s strong business climate for advanced manufacturing, currently contributing $30.4 billion in (gross regional product),” Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati president and CEO, said in the release. “These new jobs significantly and directly impact our region, providing good paying jobs, employment opportunities for local residents and stimulating overall economic growth.”

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Established in 1901, Enerfab started by working with Cincinnati’s major breweries but has evolved into a vertically integrated company. It now fabricates, constructs, and maintains facilities across various sectors including utilities, chemicals, food and beverage, automotive, and heavy industries. Its client list boasts major global firms like Ford and Molson Coors, the owner of Miller.

In 2024, Enerfab is projected to earn $600 million, marking a 20% increase from the previous year. The company employs over 800 local workers, excluding the new hires planned for Harrison, and is the largest employer of multicraft union labor in the U.S.

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A decade earlier, Enerfab began applying its expertise from installing gas scrubbers and water filtration systems at coal power plants to new ventures. In 2021, it landed its largest contracts ever, to build twin battery plants in Glendale, Kentucky, as part of BlueOval SK, a collaboration between Ford Motors and SK On. Enerfab continues to grow, branching into the construction and maintenance of data centers, renewable natural gas facilities, hydrogen fuel plants, and electric vehicle battery factories, all of which require substantial water resources.

“Water is the new air,” Brad Birck, chief growth officer at Enerfab, told the Business Courier upon his promotion last year.

“Enerfab’s plans to expand their component manufacturing and modular assembly operations in Hamilton County reflects how advanced manufacturing from Ohio is enabling industrial and utility companies to meet new federal net zero carbon reduction regulations,” JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef said in the release.

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