Proto Precision Additive is Expanding

A Hilliard company is eyeing an expansion that would add a research and development center for additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing.
Metal fabricator Proto Precision Manufacturing Solutions wants to expand its office at 4101 Leap Road in Hilliard, a move that would add another 40 jobs and $4 million in payroll, according to city documents.

Through an entity called Proto Precision Additive LLC, the company plans to create an “Additive Manufacturing Research and Development Center of Excellence,” according to the documents. The center would focus on laser powder bed fusion and electron beam melting, especially for the aerospace, defense and medical markets.

“They’ve decided to venture into this additive arena, collaborating with Ohio State (University) and basically (installing) some of their own devices in a lab for fabricating at Hilliard,” said David Meadows, the city’s economic development director.

“It’s definitely a new industry and it’s great to see it’s in the advanced manufacturing space,” Meadows said. “They should have scaling opportunity with where they are now, once they can start getting some industry work.”
The new jobs would primarily be related to engineering work, he said.
Hilliard is considering a tax incentive for 30% of the new yearly payroll for nine years, which would increase to 33% if half of that payroll goes to city residents. The tax credit would be good for $192,080 over the course of the agreement and the city would still net $640,267 over the course of the deal, according to the agreement, and the project would also retain 17 jobs and $519,000 in annual payroll.

Proto Precision President Sugu Suguness wasn’t immediately available for comment. He has been an advocate for expansion of this technology’s use locally. Suguness, an Ohio State engineering alumnus, helped install two GE Additive machines at the school’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence last year, and at the time it planned two GE Additive machines of its own in Hilliard.

“Partnering with GE Additive and CDME allows us to come together to accelerate the growth in the central Ohio additive ecosystem, empowering us to meet the needs of a growing customer base,” Suguness said in a 2018 statement. “Industry demands are trending towards titanium implants for medical, and lightweight metal parts and quicker production for automobile and aerospace.”
The company is located in leased space at the 200,000-square-foot Northwest Corporate Plaza, which currently has one vacancy in a 19,000-square-foot space. JLL manages leasing at that site.

Hilliard City Council must approve the incentive at a future meeting.