Thu., 9:57am: UPDATE 200 jobs coming to Warren

WARREN — A company that makes remote control products for energy, rail and other industrial markets will relocate its business from Pennsylvania to North River Road here, bringing about 200 new jobs to the city along with a $1.4 million investment, the company announced this morning.

Cattron-Theimeg, Inc., operating as a unit of Laird Wireless Automation and Control Solutions, will take over space formerly occupied by Delphi at 655 North River Road, moving in adjacent to Kellogg Company’s food distribution facility.

The company has said it expects to relocate about 150 workers from its current location in Sharpsville, Pa., and add about 55 more full-time positions over the next three years, creating a total annual payroll of about $12.5 million.

The possibility of the move to Warren first was reported by the Tribune Chronicle in January after the Ohio Department of Development approved Cattron-Theimeg Inc. for a 55 percent, nine-year Job Creation Tax Credit associated with the move.

The company selected the Warren location from two final choices, including Hermitage, Pa. The company, which was located in Sharpsville for 75 years, decided the move was necessary because it was outgrowing its current location and had no room for expansion.

The company was founded by Jim Cattron in Sharpsville, and now is part of London-based Laird. That multi-million dollar company also operates a second location on the west coast and has operations in South Africa, Brazil, Canada and Europe.

The Regional Chamber assisted Cattron-Theimeg with site selection, supply chain details and other resources. Warren, Trumbull County and the state of Ohio also assisted the company in securing the job creation tax credit, with workforce services and training funds and promising to assist the company with future growth.

Updates will be posted. Complete coverage will appear in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle print and electronic editions.