GIRARD — John Mareth brought a proposal for potential development and job growth to the Crawford County Commission at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Mareth is hoping to grow Stress Panel Manufacturers Inc. in Arma, and provided the commission with information regarding the business and tax abatement.

Mareth said he has spoken to the Arma City Council regarding tax abatement for improvements and growth to the business, and has applied for a five-year abatement through the state. Mareth said the City of Arma has approved him to move forward with the abatement and he wanted to seek input from the county.

At capacity, Mareth believes Stress Panel Manufacturers could employ 12 to 14 full-time employees. He said he does not plan to seek tax abatement from the school district — USD 246 — but would like to have it from the city and county.

Mareth plans to provide the county with more information when he receives word from the state.

The commission opened bids for two road and bridge department buidlings — a maintenance building located in Girard and a building on the US Highway 69 Bypass in Pittsburg. Bids were received from Jack Coomes Steel Buildings and Home Center Construction. County Maintenance Director Bob Gorentz will make sure the bids match building specifications and report back to the commission.

Commissioner Carl Wood said chip and seal work on county roads is expected to begin next week.

Following the regular meeting, commissioners had a work session to discuss the 2018 county budget.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.