Advanced Drainage Systems plans $65 mn Engineering & Technology center

Advanced Drainage Systems

Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), a provider of water management solutions in the stormwater and onsite septic wastewater industries, plans to invest $65 million in Hilliard, Ohio, for setting up Engineering & Technology Center.

The ADS Engineering & Technology Center — near the company’s headquarters — will be the most advanced stormwater engineering center in the world dedicated to product engineering, material science — including recycled plastics — and manufacturing technologies.

“Our team of engineers, scientists, and technicians will build sustainable solutions that utilize recycled plastics to improve quality of life in communities across North America,” ADS President and CEO Scott Barbour said.

ADS plans to break ground in October at a 17-acre site at Lyman Drive and Davidson Road. The site is located west of ADS’ Trueman Blvd. headquarters and will have a frontage on I-270. Barbour said the new facility is expected to open in late 2023.

“The facility that ADS is bringing to Ohio will advance technologies that preserve our natural resources and improve our environment while creating 200 new jobs in Hilliard,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news statement.

Ohio Tax Credit Authority will provide with tax credit assistance for the expansion in Hilliard. In return, ADS must invest at least $10.8 million into the project, retain 322 existing jobs currently in Hilliard, and create 200 new jobs that would result in $20 million of new payroll to the state.

ADS received assistance from JobsOhio, Ohio’s  private economic development corporation, and One Columbus, its regional economic development partner, in site selection and connecting ADS with the appropriate economic development and city partners.