Spader Freight plans $3 million expansion|Abatement proposal calls for retaining 81 jobs and money for schools

CLYDE Spader Freight Services is moving up. The company plans a $3 million expan
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

CLYDE

Spader Freight Services is moving up.

The company plans a $3 million expansion at its Clyde location that would secure the jobs of 81 full-time employees.

According to Clyde City Manager Dan Weaver, Spader Freight Services President David Spader has applied for a 15-year, 75 percent tax abatement for building a new warehouse.

Operating out of Tiffin, Spader has proposed constructing a third 115,000-square-foot building at its Elm Street property, an area that Spader said is a viable location for the business to expand and produce.

According to the company's Web site, company officials decided that the best route to handle overwhelming customer support and demand would be to add another distribution center to keep the company ahead of the game.

Weaver said that as part of the Enterprise Zone Agreement with the city, Spader would be required to retain 81 full-time employees as well as donate more than $14,000 annually to the Clyde-Green Springs School System during the 15-year abatement agreement period.

Since 1999, the Clyde location has provided specialized trucking services, including customized arrangements in warehouse distribution, cross-docking, consolidation and a full service equipment repair facility. Spader offers services to all 48 states and operates its own equipment within a 200-mile radius.

When reached for comment Monday afternoon, Spader said his brother handles all media comment, referring questions to Steve Spader. Phone calls to him were not returned.