International mulch manufacturer eyes vacant Suffield factory; $2.2 million in improvements planned for site

Diane Smith

Record-Courier

An international firm that makes mulch and soil for big box hardware stores is eying a long vacant factory on the southern edge of Suffield.

Portage County commissioners on Thursday approved a Community Reinvestment Area agreement for Oldcastle Lawn & Garden at the old Trelleborg site on Route 43, near the Portage/Stark county border.

The 10-year CRA agreement gives Oldcastle a 50 percent tax abatement on $2.2 million in improvements planned at the site, said Brad Ehrhart, president of the Portage County Development Board. The total investment in the project is estimated at $5.5 million.

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