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Garrett manufacturer seeks abatement, considers California

Mossberg Industries Inc., a Garrett manufacturer, has the initial green light for a local expansion, but is also considering whether to grow its Ontario, Calif., plant, a company executive said Thursday.

The Garrett City Council has a public hearing Tuesday regarding a $1.9 million tax abatement on real estate improvements and a $250,000 abatement for equipment for Mossberg, which operates in a building at 204 N. 2nd St.

The council last week approved a "declaratory resolution" for the abatements.

JDBM is the real estate holding company that owns the building where a 28,800-square-foot expansion is being considered, said Milton Otero, city planning director in Garrett. The building currently has 85,000 square feet, according to an abatement application.

Mossberg in a plastic injection molder that makes spools and reels for its customers to package their products on and has about $12 million in annual sales, Greg Baker, the company's controller, said. Mossberg serves the medical, food packaging, utilities, consumer products and wire industries.

Baker said Thursday that the company is also seeking tax abatements for a possible expansion at its California plant, and should know what the possibilities are there within a couple of weeks. The California plant, which does work similar to the Garrett facility, employs eight, he said.

The Garrett operation has about 50 employees and would likely add five jobs if the expansion is done locally.

"Garrett is our primary focus and (we're) hoping to add here," Baker said.

Otero is optimistic that the abatements will get final council approval on Tuesday. The hearing is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 130 S. Randolph St.

"This is good news for us. Yes, it's minimum jobs, but I think the most important thing is we're retaining jobs," Otero said. "We're keeping 50 jobs, and that's big nowadays."