More than 160 Ohio Department of Job and Family Services personnel will move into the commercial building that used to house Mazer, the textbook publisher and printing company that closed its doors in 2008.
The move is a part of the state’s plan to consolidate 13 offices across the state as a way of reducing vacant office space and saving the state department $2 million annually, according to Benjamin Johnson, ODJFS’s deputy director of Communications.
The move to 6680 Poe Ave., which is owned by Poe Park Center LLC. in Springdale, is expected to occur in July, according to Johnson.
“We’re pleased to have them. That tops off our building occupancy at 99 percent,” said Dan Wheeler, building owner.
“The more companies we have operating in the city of Vandalia translates to more employees generating income,” said Rich Hopkins, Vandalia’s communications manager. “The more employees we have, the easier it is to provide services for our business community and our residential community.”
The state employees making the move worked in ODJFS offices located at 429 Interpoint Boulevard in Dayton, Springdale and Fort Laramie.
Johnson said the workers in these offices do not provide any on-site services to the public.
“This plan was designed to reduce the amount of vacant space and put us on sound financial footing,” Johnson said. He added that none of the affected employees will lose their jobs.