(Harrison, Oh.) – It’s usually the East Central and Harrison high school football teams in a border war, but Dearborn County and the City of Harrison are now competing against each other.
Cincinnati Test Systems designs and manufactures standard and custom test solutions for every industry for countless companies around the world. It generates $30 million in annual revenue and $8 million in payroll.
The company is looking to relocate its operations – and its 135 employees – from its current home in Whitewater Township, Hamilton County, Ohio. Two possible destinations are Harrison and West Harrison.
Dearborn County Economic Development Initiative president Mike Rozow says the organization has been courting CTS for about six months.
“They are growing at a rate of 30 percent per year. We would like to see that growth take place in Indiana,” said Rozow.
The DCEDI has a location available in the West Harrison TIF district along Interstate 74. Utilities are in place there and money is allocated by the Dearborn County Redevelopment Commission for installing sewers customized to CTS’ needs, Rozow said.
The City of Lawrenceburg may be able to help Dearborn County’s chances of landing CTS. The DCEDI has applied for grant incentives through the Lawrenceburg Regional Grants Program which will be considered by the grant committee on July 23.
“This is a very competitive program we’re in to get them to move here. The state is even involved,” Rozow said.
In their efforts to keep CST in Ohio, the Harrison City Council voted last week to sweeten their offer by awarding a grant from non-tax revenue equal to 45 percent of payroll income tax for seven years, The Harrison Press reported.
If CTS chooses Harrison, it would locate on New Haven Road just north of Interstate 74 in a field once considered for a Wal-Mart store.