Gov. John Kasich visited Diebold’s headquarters in Green Tuesday to highlight a tax package aimed at keeping the ATM maker in the area. No new site has been picked but Green and Canton are under consideration.
Gov. John Kasich, making an appearance Tuesday at Diebold, said his administration made a “big save” in offering a $56 million tax incentive package to sway the ATM manufacturer not to leave Ohio.
Starting in 2009, Diebold began looking into consolidating five of its locations in Stark and Summit counties into one campus.
Virginia and North Carolina, where Diebold has manufacturing plants, offered competitive tax breaks to try to lure Diebold’s planned campus to their states, company officials said.
Kasich said once he took office in January, keeping Diebold in Ohio became a top priority, to prevent a repeat of the situation in which Diebold’s competitor, NCR, left Dayton for Atlanta.
He said he called Diebold President and CEO Thomas W. Swidarski and offered to address Diebold’s board of directors in person.
Kasich said he wanted to stop the departure and $90 million in payroll from going out of state.
“I said, ‘We’re going to do everything we can to keep you,’” the governor said.
“The idea that we would lose two technology companies, NCR and Diebold, would be an unacceptable situation for the state.”
Kasich, who declined to release specifics, said discussions between his administration and Diebold were not going well until the General Assembly passed a tax incentive law designed to keep card-maker American Greetings in the state.
Diebold is the second company offered a tax package under that law.
Diebold announced Tuesday that it would consolidate five of seven locations in Stark and Summit counties into one location in the Akron-Canton area.
Diebold will receive tax credits and loans totaling $56 million from the state and $44 million from local governments, which have not yet been identified.
Diebold said it is considering three to five possible sites. Swidarski said Diebold hopes to start construction in about a year.
Green Mayor Dick Norton and Canton Mayor William J. Healy II, who both attended Kasich’s news conference, indicated at least one site is in Green. A second is in Canton or will be Canton, Healy said.
Diebold, which has about 1,900 employees in Stark and Summit, can’t have fewer than 1,500 employees in Ohio or it has to repay the tax incentives.
Kasich said the company could not guarantee retaining any more jobs out of fear of another economic downturn.
When LeBron James went the Miami Heat, “now I celebrate every night Miami loses,” the governor said to Swidarski.
“I’ll celebrate every deal you get that NCR loses.”