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The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a deal that will offer certain tax breaks to Griffin Bros., a chemical manufacturing company that plans to move from Salem to Albany.

John Pascone, president of the Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corp., told commissioners that the company plans to make a $1.5 million investment, which includes purchasing the former Casey Industrial building on Marion Street and relocating nine employees.

Griffin Bros. currently is at 3033 Industrial Way N.E. in Salem.

The company also plans to hire at least one new employee.

The deal technically is an extended property tax abatement agreement between the business and the South Santiam Enterprise Zone. An enterprise zone is an area in which tax concessions and other incentives are offered to attract private companies.

The company may qualify for tax exemptions for up to three years if it adds at least 10 percent to its workforce and offers wages and benefits that are at least 150 percent of Linn County’s average annual wage.

According to its website, Griffin Bros. was founded in 1934 and manufactures commercial and industrial cleaning products, personal care products and water treatment products.

Customers include food processing plants, schools, nursing homes, restaurants, vehicle wash facilities and health clubs throughout 11 western states.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Accepted the annual budget report by the Pauly, Rogers and Co. of Tigard. CPA Tara Kamp told the commissioners the audit went smoothly and said no negative issues were found.

• Approved the following contracts for the Health Department: $77,846 with Samaritan Health Services to provide psychiatric in-patient services; a contract not to exceed $2,700 with the Santiam Canyon School District to provide mental health services to those whose services are not funded by other means; $59,000 to fund the Ryan White program through HIV case management funds.

• Approved writing off $33,573 in back taxes for a foreclosed property at 222 Third Ave. S.E. in Albany. The previous owner, Albany Redevelopment LLC, is defunct, and the previous deed holders do not currently own property in Linn County on which a lien could be placed.

• Approved accepting nearly $2.8 million from the Oregon Department of Transportation for the Hamilton Creek Bridge Project.

• Appointed Skeet Arasmith to the Board of Property Tax Appeals.

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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