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WEIDMANN Announces New Paper Mill Site in Urbana, Ohio
WEIDMANN ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY, Inc., member of the WICOR Group based in Switzerland, has announced plans to expand their current operations in North Americas to Urbana, Ohio, in an effort to increase production capabilities.
On, March 11, WEIDMANN announced plans to purchase and renovate the former Neenah(Fox River) Paper Mill, a 160,000 square foot facility located on Court Street in Urbana, OH. The facility will house paper manufacturing and converting operations as well as administrative personnel and will eventually employ approximately 110 employees. The move is the latest in a continuing effort by the Swiss owned company to vertically integrate and to have local manufacturing for key products close to key markets.
WEIDMANN said the move will facilitate future growth and also allow for increased efficiencies. The location was chosen to provide a key distribution point in the company’s North American operations and as a result will further improve overall performance to its customers.
After a nearly two and one-half years of engineering analysis and negotiations with the City of Urbana, WEIDMANN Electrical Technology will soon occupy the former Neenah (Fox River) Paper Mill on West Court Street. “Not only are Urbana officials thrilled to have WEIDMANN Electrical Technology join our community, we are equally ecstatic that our community is able to repurpose an existing industrial facility.” stated Community Development Director, Melanie Kendrick. Kendrick further stated, “The Administration and City Council have been working diligently on this project in an effort to offer more employment opportunities to our residents and neighbors. I am personally honored and delighted to announce the arrival of a truly dynamic industrial expansion in our county, and what promises to be a great corporate partner for our community.”
WEIDMANN Electrical Technology anticipates investing approximately $35 Million in the local community as part of this expansion in their North American Market and is expected to employ 110 people in the first three years of operations.
Application to the State of Ohio’s Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund has been made to compliment the investment WEIDMANN Electrical Technology has committed. The State of Ohio has also offered a generous package to help local officials entice the company to locate here, announced late last year. “Without the aid of all of our partners, including Champaign Technology and Employment Center (CTEC), the State of Ohio Economic Development Division, and the support of City Council, we may not have seen this project happen, “ stated Mayor Ruth Zerkle. “It’s been a long process, and I could not be happier than to welcome WEIDMANN Electrical TECHNOLOGY to Urbana.”
The company will install all the necessary equipment over the coming twenty four months.