STOW — Planners have endorsed a proposal by Instantwhip-Akron Inc., to more than double the size of its facility at 4870 Hudson Drive by constructing an addition. The proposal now moves on to City Council for consideration on Dec. 13. The company supplies dairy and non-dairy products and other food service supplies to the food and beverage industry.

Stow Planning Director Rob Kurtz reported the existing industrial/warehouse building is about 17,000 square feet in area. Company officials hope to add an additional 21,065 square feet, Kurtz said. The addition would be added to the south side of the existing structure. The property is zoned I-2 Industrial and the proposed addition would involve a currently vacant parcel adjacent to the existing facility.

“Business has grown so much over the last three years that we’ve had to lease a warehouse down the road in Hudson,” Instantwhip-Akron Inc. Vice President Kevin Sheaffer says. “But our lease is up and we’ve decided that we don’t want to lease anymore so we investigated buying the property next to us and it was available so we bought that property and decided to do an addition to keep everything in the same space.” The addition will be used as a dedicated warehouse for dry goods, according to Sheaffer, who’s worked for the company for 39 years. The existing facility was constructed in 1977.

If approved by City Council next week, Sheaffer anticipates the addition could be completed during 2019. Instantwhip presently employs 34 people, six of them on a part-time basis. At this time Sheaffer says the addition would not translate into more jobs “but in the future we should (add more jobs),” he reported. “We’re a very seasonal business, so when the spring hits we probably will have to hire more people.  We do a lot of ice cream-related business.”

Reporter Ellin Walsh can be reached at 330-541-9419, ewalsh@recordpub.com or @EllinWalsh_RPC.