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DeLee Powell celebrates the addition of a new paint booth at her business Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

MANSFIELD -- A local business recently benefited from a $30,000 grant from The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.

Baker's Collision, Service & Glass, located at 595 Fifth Ave. in Mansfield, received both a $30,000 grant from the Air Quality Development Authority and a $50,000 interest-free loan through the Richland County Foundation's Scale Up program to install a new paint booth. 

The booth cost Baker's $130,000 in total, but because of the funding, the business only needs to finance $50,000.

"This was something we eventually wanted to do, but because of this funding, we were able to make it happen now," said business owner DeLee Powell.

Christina O'Keeffe, executive director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, presented Powell with a check for the grant last week before the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new space. 

"With this addition, we'll be able to do one more car a day," Powell said. "Just being conservative, we estimated we'll be able to improve our sales by ($750,000) over this year." 

Further, she said, the paint booth is more environmentally friendly. It's set up to be water-based. 

The booth was in place by Sept. 1 and would open as soon as it was inspected.

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