Northeast Ohio Lawmakers Celebrate Successful Lordstown TJX Vote
TJX distribution center expected to bring over 1,000 jobs to region
August 22, 2018
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State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard), state Rep. Mike O’Brien (D-Warren) & state Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) celebrated the successful rezoning of the 290 acre site where TJX Homegoods plans to build their new distribution center. Lordstown held a referendum vote on the issue on Tuesday after those opposed to the project secured the requisite number of signatures to get it on the ballot. With a majority of voters voting in favor of rezoning, TJX will be able to begin construction on time.   

“It was great to see the Valley in action throughout this process, but especially yesterday,” said Rep. Holmes (D-Girard). “This is a huge victory for Lordstown and federal, state, and local legislators who all worked together on this project to bring good paying jobs to the Valley. I’d like to express my sincerest appreciation to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber for their support in this process”

The distribution facility, which is projected to be a $170 million, 1.2 million square foot endeavor, is expected to bring over 1,000 full time jobs upon completion. Coordinated efforts between Congressman Tim Ryan (D-13 Ohio), state Sen. Sean O’Brien, Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill and state Rep. Glenn Holmes helped to assure TJX that Lordstown was the perfect place to invest and build a new facility. 

“This project is focused on the future,” said Sen. O’Brien (D-Bazetta). “This vote will bring $500,000 to Lordstown schools and additional career opportunities for college students. This ensures that when our students graduate, they use their talents at home rather than in another state.”

An amendment to House Bill (HB) 292 allowed a zoning change to occur under expedited circumstances due to an emergency clause pertaining specifically to this situation. The clause expedited the rezoning measure, while still allowing for a referendum by the public. Gov. Kasich signed HB 292 into law in late July. 

“This project is a perfect example of the private and public sector working together to achieve very positive employment results,” said Rep. O’Brien (D-Warren). “I’m proud to say the residents of Mahoning Valley will be the recipients of this excellent collaboration.”

The TJX facility, whose annual payroll is estimated to be over $27 million, is expected to be operational by 2020. 

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