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Ohio Industrial Fan Manufacturer Buys Larger Facility; May Move Some Product Lines and Jobs Back from South Dakota

(Covington, Ohio) – Industrial fan maker Aerovent will move across town here to a production facility more than three times the size of its current plant; a move that could eventually lead to more jobs.

Aerovent – a division of Minnesota-based Twin City Fan Companies - recently spent $1.1 million to purchase a 72,000-square-foot facility once home to a garage door opener plant, according to Jim Herrboldt, executive vice president of manufacturing for Twin City.

The move – which will take place by the end of the year - gives the company room to expand production and add product lines. Twin City purchased Aerovent in 1993 and moved all manufacturing to South Dakota except for the air makeup division. Air makeup fans replace air that’s been exhausted from a building.

Herrboldt told Manufacturing & Technology eJournal company that officials are looking at the possibility of moving some product lines back to Covington, but he’s not sure when or how many jobs that would entail.

Aerovent had been leasing a 22,000 square-foot building in Covington for years. The new site is more conducive to Aerovent’s operation, Herrboldt said. Higher ceilings, for example, will allow them to install material handling equipment they don’t have at the current location. “Some of the units we build are quite large,” he said.

Its unclear how much will be invested in renovations and equipment. Covington is about 30 miles north of Dayton.

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