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Mansfield Business Secures Air Quality Upgrade Financing

27 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) recently approved bond financing totaling $2.9 million for two northern Ohio businesses to support sustainable growth.

Those recipients include bond financing totaling up to $100,000 and a small business grant for up to $20,000 for Baker’s Collision Repair Specialists in Mansfield. Those awards cam through the e Clean Air Resource Center (CARC).

“OAQDA is pleased to support JAM Best One Fleet Service and Baker’s Collision Repair Specialists with their efforts to expand their businesses in any environmentally friendly manner,” said Christina O’Keeffe, OAQDA’s executive director. “These projects will create local jobs and improve Ohio’s air quality through the reduction of hazardous emissions.”

 Baker’s Collision Repair Specialists is a third-generation, family-owned auto body shop. The project will support the growth of the small business by including the replacement of a 26-year-old spray booth with the installation of a new booth, as well as a custom mixing room and vestibule. Baker’s Collision Repair also plans to add two jobs and preserve an additional 36 positions through the support of OAQDA. This is Baker’s Collision’s second project with OAQDA, furthering their commitment to being an environmentally friendly auto body shop.

The new paint booth includes an air filtration system with three-stage intake filters, a mechanical exhaust configuration integrated into the roof and fire suppression equipment. These new features will help minimize pollutants that can leak into the air during the auto repair process.

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