The Reno County Commission on Tuesday approved granting incentives to an Ohio company that makes small engines which run off LPG and natural gas, which is planning to set up an assembly and distribution shop in the former Bett’s Bakery at Third Avenue and Poplar Street.

The company, eNGines-LPG, will be paid up to $63,000 over five years if it creates a projected 56 jobs within that time which pay a minimum $15 per hour, County Administrator Gary Meagher advised the county commission.

The family-owned company plans to create up to 10 jobs its first year, garnering up to $8,000 in incentives, Meagher said.

Another 15 jobs are projected in year two, and 14 in year three, earning the company $13,500 each of those years. The final 17 jobs would be added by year four, for another $17,500.

If it creates all the jobs as projected, the company will earn a 20 percent bonus, or if only half the jobs, an extra 10 percent, Meagher said.

Chamber Economic Director Abby Stockebrand said Matt Roeser was looking for 15,000 feet of manufacturing space when he came to town but ended up buying the 72,000 square foot building.

“Matt and his family were a joy to work with and he has a real vision for 120 E. Third,” Stockebrand said. “We’re excited for what it means. He’s a true entrepreneur and we can’t wait to see what he can do.”

Roeser told the commission his initial plans “significantly grew quickly, based on the space.”

“We’re excited to come to the Hutchinson area, we love it,” he said.

In other business Tuesday:

The commission approved a $17,200 engineering proposal from H.W. Lochner Inc., Salina, to design 16 ADA-compliant bus shelters and concrete pads to serve Reno County Area Transit buses. A separate $76,620 grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, plus $19,130 in local matching funds, will cover construction of the shelters themselves, Director Barbara Lilyhorn advised the commission. The engineering costs will come out of the department’s 2018 budget, and construction from 2019, Lilyhorn said.
The commission approved buying a 2018 Ram 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab 4X4 Long Box Pickup Truck for $31,837 from Allen Samuels Auto Group, Hutchinson, to replace a vehicle totaled in an accident on Sept. 23. The county received about $9,800 from the insurance company of the driver who caused the crash.
The board approved nearly two dozen revisions to Community Corrections operating policy, most that were relatively minor.
The commission recognized Gale Yoder, who’s retiring after 28 years with Reno County Community Corrections, with a plaque. A retirement reception for Yoder is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Community Corrections office