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Ed Humphrey, Clermont Commissioners president, on Huhtamaki, 237 new jobs at Ford Batavia

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Published on Feb 1, 2013

"It is absolutely wonderful. We're so thrilled that 237 jobs are coming to Clermont County," said Ed Humphrey, president of the Clermont County Board of Commissioners regarding today's news that http://www.huhtamaki.com closed on its purchase of a 900,000-square-foot component of the Ford Batavia plant in Clermont (Batavia Township). The Cincinnati Business Courier story is here: http://bit.ly/XNXhVs.

"It was real devastation when it closed, and it's wonderful to have it nearly refilled," Humphrey added.

And what's the best news? 237 new jobs.

"Good jobs. 237 jobs, $8.4 million in payroll, so it's pretty outstanding," said Humphrey, which makes www.Huhtamaki.com one of the largest employers in the county. "Certainly it would be in the top 10 in Clermont, I'm thinking maybe fifth or sixth, in terms of manufacturing employment."

The deal, closed yesterday by the owners and announced today, was coordinated by Chris Semarjian, managing partner of Industrial Commerce Ltd. of Cleveland and Stu Lichter, president of Industrial Realty Group (IRG - http://www.IRG.cc).

It also marks an enormous milestone for Clermont and the plant, which totals 1.8 million square feet. It closed in 2008.

"This is a giant step along that path," towards getting Ford Batavia completely filled up, Humphrey said.

"This will mean that, greater than half, nearly three-quarters (of the plant) will be filled. So that will be great."

Semarjian and Lichter credit the efforts of their colleague, Dean Miller, vice president of development with IRG Ohio, with landing Huhtamaki.

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 Ford Batavia 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.

"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. "It is tremendously rewarding to be part of a process with such a great outcome. This is just another step, albeit a big one, in the tradition of Industrial Commerce Ltd. and IRG. We breathe life, jobs, companies, hope and economic growth back into communities."

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