CODY — After declaring it dead, Cody Laboratories has resurrected a deal that will allow it to make use of a $2.5 million grant through the Wyoming Business Council to improve its workspace and hire more people.
According to the Cody Enterprise, Forward Cody CEO James Klessens said Cody Labs' parent company, Lannett Co., had certain misgivings about the public-private partnership, primarily in how the company might be able to regain property deeds after the grant funding agreement comes to a close in five years. There was also a question about the soundness of a plan that would require public hearings to vacate a proposed warehouse since the city of Cody is co-listed on the mortgage as part of the deal.
Since the Wyoming Business Council doesn't directly fund private entities, Cody Labs needs to deed property on which it plans to build a new warehouse to Forward Cody, the city's economic development engine. Forward Cody will then lease that space back to Cody Labs for $108,000 per year for 25 years.
Klessens recently told the Business Report most of his energy has gone into sealing the deal with Cody Labs for some time.
Officials said the addition accelerates the company's ability to hire, though Cody Labs is capitalized well enough it could have paid for the project itself.
"They would have depleted their budget to do so," Klessens said. "We've taken their five-year plan and we're making it happen in about one and a half years."
The plan makes it possible to convert 18,000 square feet of existing warehouse space in the middle of the current facility into production space. The cost of the production space that the company will bear is $5.1 million. With the grant funding, Cody Labs can simultaneously accomplish the two goals of increasing warehousing and production space. The grant will allow the company to hire 45 people with an average salary of $55,000.
The new deal will tentatively allow Forward Cody to assume ownership of the property after the initial period is complete. Forward Cody will then be in a better position to release the deeds for purchase back to Cody Labs.
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