Nokian Tyres is considering constructing a 350,000-square-foot warehouse on the company’s campus in north Dayton, company officials announced at a workshop meeting of the Dayton City Council on Wednesday.
Nokian Tyres Plant Manager David Korda said that the company is seeking to partner with Xpedient Logistics, which specializes in shipping.
Xpedient Logistics CEO John White said that while Nokian Tyres has warehouses across the country from which they ship tires to the market, there is currently no Nokian Tyre warehouse in the Southeast.
If Nokian and Xpedient Logistics move forward with the project, Xpedient officials said on Wednesday that the warehouse could be completed and begin operation in 2022. They also noted that Nokian would attain ownership of the building in 10 years.
City officials are currently questioning whether Xpedient Logistics should receive a requested property tax abatement similar to the one given to Nokian Tyres, which lasts for 30 years.
Dayton Vice Mayor Steve Randolph said the city would lose millions in property tax revenue if the abatement is approved for Xpedient Logistics and said more discussion is needed about the proposed project.
The city council could take no action on the proposal since Wednesday's meeting was a workshop session, but could called a special-called meeting in the future to further review the proposal. Nokian Tyres and Xpedient Logistics officials said they are hoping to receive an answer on the property tax abatement issue before the end of the month so the companies could begin construction to meet the 2022 completion date.