In the late 1960s Jim Grote, founder of Donatos Pizza, created the Peppamatic, the world's first automated pepperoni slicer/applicator, Gahanna development director Anthony Jones told council members Oct. 13.
The Peppamatic's ability to cut labor cost while increasing productivity and efficiency inspired Grote to found the Grote Co., he said.
currently has 100 employees within the Industrial Zone of Gahanna.
Eric Ytterbo, Grote's chief financial officer, said the company recently acquired Pizzamatic, a food-processing equipment manufacturer in South Holland, Ill.
With the expansion, Grote
proposes bringing 13 new full-time positions to Gahanna with an annual salary of $53,846 each during the next three years.
The project also would require $100,000 in building modifications and an additional $750,000 for machinery and equipment.
Gahanna's incentive advisory board met Oct. 13 and recommended that council provide Grote
with a refundable credit worth 35 percent of the company's municipal-income-tax withholdings generated by the new jobs, based on the city's 1.5-percent income-tax rate, for a term of five years.
The total estimated incentive payment to Grote
would be $18,375 over five years.
100 Gahanna employees generated $6.5 million in payroll from July, 2014, to June, 2015, according to city records.
also is pursuing job-creation tax credits through the state.