MOUNT VERNON — A $1.1 million expansion project at AMC Industries will create 21 new jobs in Knox County. Doug Spangler, president of AMG, anticipates completing the expansion by November.
Funding for the project includes $475,000 through Ohio's Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program and $25,000 through the Knox County Revolving Loan Fund. The remaining funding is through private sources.
“The main premise of the development foundation money is to satisfy new work that is coming in here,” Spangler said. “It involves putting in new presses to support the additional work.
“Right now we are in the process of hiring and putting in the new equipment.”
The additional employees will be spread across all three shifts. Wages will be in the range of $17 an hour.
The seven-year loans from the CDBG and revolving loan fund must be repaid. The Area Development Foundation administers both programs.
“This is exactly the kind of project the revolving loan fund is designed for, to bring new manufacturing opportunities — and the higher-paying jobs that come with them — to Knox County,” said Jeff Gottke, president of the ADF.
The loans require AMG to hire individuals who have low- to moderate-income. Gottke said that according to Knox County Job & Family Services, anything more than $14 an hour is a livable wage and keeps a family of three off of public assistance.
“These are jobs that will contribute to the economy and keep families off of public assistance,” he said. “So we are giving people with low- to moderate-income economic opportunities. Not only is it more jobs, it's more jobs to our most vulnerable citizens.”
Anyone interested in applying can stop in at AMG Industries, 200 Commerce St. in the industrial park, or download an application from the AMG website. Openings include assembly worker, cleaning operator, machine operator, and sub-assembly.
Spangler initially planned to expand back in the spring. Plans changed due to Covid and disruptions in the supply chain.