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Vandalia company wants to bring 75 jobs to Dayton

Published: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 @ 9:56 AM


            Lion CEO Steve Schwartz, right, and his brother Andy Schwartz, corporate counsel, are the grandsons of founder William Lapedes. The two are seen with the company’s Janesville turnout for firefighters that incorporates a new Kevlar filament and Nomex blend.CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Lion CEO Steve Schwartz, right, and his brother Andy Schwartz, corporate counsel, are the grandsons of founder William Lapedes. The two are seen with the company’s Janesville turnout for firefighters that incorporates a new Kevlar filament and Nomex blend.CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

A local company plans to expand and create about 75 new jobs in the city of Dayton.

Lion, a provider of emergency responder equipment that is headquartered at 7200 Poe Ave. in Vandalia, plans to invest about $1.7 million to renovate a facility at 66 Janney Road in Old North Dayton. Some of the products it makes in Kentucky will be made at the new facility as part of the company’s expansion project, according to a proposed development agreement with the city of Dayton.

Dayton’s elected leaders on today will vote on whether to approve the agreement and provide the company with $100,000 to assist with the project

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Under the proposal, Lion has agreed to create about 75 full-time jobs in the city in the next three years, which have an average salary of $24,500, city documents show.

The city’s contribution would help with renovating the facility and the purchase of machinery, furniture and equipment.

Lion sells protective gear, training and inspection services and emergency training equipment, props and structures.

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The company says it has built some of the largest first-responder training facilities in the world.

In 2013, this newspaper reported that Lion has about 1,000 employees worldwide, including about 130 locally. The company reported having annual revenues north of $100 million.

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