Behr Process Corporation receives state tax credits to build in Heath

HEATH – Behr Process Corporation, which supplies architectural paint and exterior wood care products to the U.S. and Canadian do-it-yourself markets, has received state tax credits to build a 320,000 square foot facility in heath.

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company plans to create 90 full-time positions, generating $4.4 million in new annual payroll at 1201 James Parkway, on the campus of the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved a 1.380% seven-year job creation tax credit for the project.

Heath Mayor Mark Johns said the company plans to invest $40 million in the building and $40 million in equipment and may expand the building by an additional 136,000 square feet.

Some businesses get tax credits from multiple states before choosing a location, but the mayor said, “I’m confident enough to talk about it.”

Phone messages left with Masco Corporation, Behr’s parent company, were not returned by presstime.

Johns said rail service is important to the company, which plans to extend the nearby rail line into part of the building. The promised jobs and payroll would be in place by the end of 2025, he said.

“The city looks forward to working with Behr,” Johns said. “For years, I have been deeply focused on growing and diversifying the city’s manufacturing job base. The addition of Behr helps achieve this goal.

Otho Behr Jr. founded the company, then known as Linseed Oil Products, in 1947. Linseed moved from Behr’s garage to an 800 square foot Quonset shack in Pasadena, California in 1948. Linseed Oil became Behr Process Corporation in 1954.

In 1999, after 52 years of private ownership, Behr Paint Company was acquired by Masco Corporation of Livonia, Michigan.

Behr provides paints, primers, decorative finishes, stains, surface preparation and application products for DIYers and professionals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Chile. Masco Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes branded home improvement and construction products.

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