Enjoy IRG Vice President Dean Miller and the WCPO-TV Channel 9 (ABC in Cincinnati) report on the new Huhtamaki facility at the Ford Batavia plant in Clermont County, outside Cincinnati (Dean's interview at 2:07).
"We definitely have some land left here," Miller told WCPO-TV Channel 9 Reporter Tom McKee. "We also have another 300,000-500,000 square feet in the building here, available for lease or sale."
The Huhtamaki deal will deliver new tax revenues benefitting Batavia Township, the Batavia Schools, and the Central Joint Fire District, McKee reports.
"Now this is just Phase One, there could be more jobs down the line," said McKee on the report that aired Feb. 1. "Construction starts in just a few months, production could begin later this year."
Mr. Miller's full on-site interview is available at youtu.be/PPhsM4ZThzk ; an on-site interview with Ed Humphrey, president of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners, can be viewed at youtu.be/e4okc7QNARE .
The full press release from Monday, Feb. 4:
BATAVIA TOWNSHIP, CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio ~ Feb. 4, 2013 ~ The Semarjian/Lichter team from Industrial Commerce Ltd. of Cleveland and Industrial Realty Group (IRG) of Los Angeles have fired up 2013 with a Finnish flourish, landing Huhtamaki of Finland and over 300 new jobs in their signature, inimitable adaptive reuse fashion at the former Ford Batavia Transmission plant outside of Cincinnati (Clermont County).
"We are very pleased that Huhtamaki selected Ohio for this significant investment," said Kristi Tanner, managing director of JobsOhio. "We would like to thank both Huhtamaki, and the Semarjian/Lichter team, for bringing new life to this former Ford facility."
"Clermont County's partnership with Industrial Commerce Ltd., IRG, Huhtamaki and the State of Ohio demonstrates our commitment to making this community business-friendly," said Ed Humphrey, president of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners. "We believe that the pace of redevelopment for a facility of this size is unprecedented, and the mix of business and educational resources in one location will spur more business investment, not only here, but in the surrounding area."
Huhtamaki is purchasing about half of the 1.8 million-square-foot facility, known as the Ford Batavia Transmission plant, and 60 acres. Based in Espoo, Finland, Huhtamaki is a global manufacturer of consumer and specialty packaging, a unit of Huhtamaki Oyj, founded in 1920 as Huhtamaki Industries. The deal closed on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"The entire Greater Cincinnati community, particularly Clermont County, will benefit from Huhtamaki's decision to invest in further growth in the United States," said Chris Semarjian, managing principal of Industrial Commerce Ltd., IRG's partner in Ohio. "We welcome Huhtamaki, and we thank the Governor, JobsOhio, and all the economic development professionals who have diligently worked for more than a year to make this project happen."
"The Ford Batavia plant has seen a tremendous rebirth since its unfortunate closure in 2008," said Stu Lichter, president of IRG, citing other tenants such as UC Clermont East, Global Scrap Management and Engineered Mobile Solutions, who have established facilities at the property on James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, just south of Route 32. "With Huhtamaki, the plant's legacy as the heart of this community is further restored."
Semarjian and Lichter singled out the efforts of Dean Miller, vice president of development with IRG Ohio, in putting together the deal. "We are excited to welcome Huhtamaki to our project in Batavia Township. Adaptive reuse is the art of identifying, and realizing opportunity, from properties that are often associated with difficulty and the loss of jobs, and great employers," Miller said.
"This investment further demonstrates Huhtamaki's commitment to serving the evolving needs of foodservice and retail customers for tableware, cups, containers, carriers and serviceware," said Clay Dunn, president of Huhtamaki North America.
"As University of Cincinnati Clermont College Dean, I am happy to welcome Huhtamaki to this former manufacturing facility," said Greg Sojka. "We especially look forward to partnering with them at UC East, where we have established our new workforce development Center for Manufacturing Technology. As a citizen of Clermont County, I am supportive of the 'manufacturing comeback' in our region."
Mr. Semarjian can be reached at chris@industrialcommerceltd.com; Mr. Lichter at (562) 803-4761 or slichter@industrialrealtygroup.com. Dean Miller, who will continue marketing the facility with Semarjian and Lichter, as well as other Industrial Commerce/IRG facilities across Ohio and beyond, can be reached at (513) 383-8351 or dmiller@irgohio.com.
For media inquiries, please contact Andy Hemmer, President of AndyHemmer.com PR at (513) 604-5428 or andy@andyhemmer.com.

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