In 2006, the Ohio Department of Development sought proposals for the first $60 million round of awards and received 63 applications. The Lima Synthetic Gas Research Center, located in the City of Lima, was selected as a first funding round awardee and received an Ohio Job Ready Site grant in the amount of $3,257,400.
Lima, Ohio is located near Interstate 75, midway between the Toledo and Dayton metro areas. Lima has a population of 38,711 residents, and a workforce that is experienced in the research and development of synthetic gas technologies.
The Lima Synthetic Gas Research Center site consists of 13.24 acres along Lima's South Main Street approximately two miles from the Interstate 75 interchange. The Lima Synthetic Gas Research Center is adjacent to a CSX Class 2 railway with the ability to access the railway if needed by a future end-user.
Through the Ohio Job Ready Site grant, the Lima Synthetic Gas Research Center, owned by the City of Lima, has nearly 14 acres of developable land. The site was acquired by Lima, cleared of all structures, and graded for redevelopment. The site is serviced by all utilities and is zoned for industrial use which can include research and development. Lima is in the process of selling approximately 7 acres of the site for the construction of a 20,000-square-foot technology center and has continued a targeted marketing campaign to demonstrate the research and development opportunities at the Lima Synthetic Gas Research Center to companies utilizing carbon nanofibers and other synthetic gas technologies for the remainder of the site.