Southwest Ohio

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The Authority has a long history of investing in the communities of southwest Ohio, with nearly $914 million in project financing approved since 2000. Recycling facilities, energy companies, government agencies, schools and numerous small businesses have worked with the Authority to preserve the quality of the air in their communities. Bond financing from the Authority in this region has helped to create more than 200 jobs in the past five years alone and served as a catalyst for environmental and economic success.

A glimpse inside Blue Ash Auto Body’s repair facility

One neighborhood business in southwest Ohio that benefitted from a partnership with the Authority in 2019 is a Blue Ash family-owned auto body shop that has served the local community for 43 years. Blue Ash Auto Body is a collision repair and paint shop specializing in aluminum vehicles, including Tesla, Jaguar and Land Rover as well as repairs for metal vehicles. Last year, the company closed on $248,745 in clean air financing and $36,244 in grants to replace two outdated paint booths with new booths utilizing waterborne paint. The Authority’s assistance also allowed the company to add a double vehicle prep area which will increase productivity.

     

Before and After:
Left, a previous Blue Ash Auto Body paint booth. Right, their new paint booths financed with help from the Authority

“We put the safety of our employees and customers at the forefront of our work. This new equipment allows us to provide a healthy and safe environment and to double our workforce with nine new positions, thanks to the increased productivity and utility savings the company will achieve with the new equipment.”
– Steve Wurtz, President, Blue Ash Auto Body