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During the company’s improvement process, Sanoh also invested $2 million in new machinery and equipment. The expanded plant is 212,000 square feet. Oct 10, 2012 @ 12:55 PM
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Plant Nears Completion in West Chester, OH Amylin Pharmaceuticals is nearing completion on a $400 million manufacturing facility in West Chester, OH that is expected to support at least 500 jobs in the Butler County area. The biotech firm, which is based in San Diego, made a commitment in 2005 to invest in the Ohio facility. Company officials say the eventual footprint of the plant is dependent on the success of a new form of its diabetes treatment BYETTA©. The drug, administered by injection, is awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval. “The manufacturing facility in Ohio is nearing completion. We have made great progress by finalizing the commercial-scale manufacturing process at the facility,” an Amylin spokesperson told Business Facilities. “We are producing and shipping commercial scale material for use in ongoing exenatide (BYETTA)© once weekly clinical studies while we await approval of the drug from the FDA. The eventual footprint of the facility will be determined by the potential of exenatide once weekly, the product that we will manufacture there.” Initially, the project envisioned a 151,000-square-foot biopharma plant costing about $150 million to set up and equip, to be run as a subsidiary of Amylin Ohio LLC. In 2005, Amylin purchased a 26-acre site, including existing buildings, for $9 million. Two years later, the company expanded its plans, purchasing an additional 17 acres for $4.5 million and upping its overall investment in the Ohio facility to $400 million. The first phase of the project began in 2006. Filling and sterilization equipment installation began at the end of last year. Employment at the West Chester plant will be ramped up over a three-year period. “It’s a major, major expansion,” said Butler County Commissioner Michael Fox. “We worked with the state and the county on an incentive package.” West Chester Township trustees also played a role in crafting incentives for the expansion of the Amylin project in 2007. The state of Ohio, via the development arm the Ohio Department of Development, has committed around $117 million in benefits and financial assistance for the new manufacturing facility project, including $30 million provided by Butler County and West Chester Township. Amylin also received a 10 year, 75% tax abatement, an agreement that requires them to reimburse the Lakota school district 100% of the taxes owed, totaling of over $4 million in the long run. Part of the incentive deal is a public-private partnership to meet Amylin’s workforce and research and development needs by creating a partnership with adult career technical schools, community […]
Better Built Snares Two Projects from Army Corp Better Built Construction, based in Middletown, OH, has garnered two major defense contracts in the past four months. Better Built topped seven other construction firms last month to land a $9.1-million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers award to build a training support center at Ft. Campbell, KY. The Middletown-based firm also recently was tapped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for one of the last major Wright-Patterson Air Force Base construction contracts. It won an $11.6-million contract to design and build a dormitory for students attending the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, relocating to the area in 2011. According to Joe Munger, Better Built’s director of operations, the Wright-Patterson project will add more than 100 new construction jobs to the area economy. The company has about 18 full-time employees and more than $30 million in government contracts. The 52,000-square-foot, three-story building will be located on base in the Kittyhawk Center, which houses many on-base amenities, across from the old theater on Broad Street in downtown Fairborn, a Dayton suburb. Construction will start this summer, Munger said. The 96-room dorm will service the 711th Human Performance Wing, housed in a 680,000-square-foot, $194.5-million complex, and will be home to about 200 airmen fresh from basic training, arriving for the aerospace medicine school. Occupancy is set for June 2010. To date, $226 million in construction funds have been awarded as the base prepares to receive about 1,200 people as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Process, the largest flurry of projects since World War II. The government soon will award the final construction award: a 140,000-square-foot, $40-million project at the Air Force Research Laboratory sensors complex. Ford to Build “Cleaner” Engine in Cleveland The first Ford Motor Co. plant to make a new line of fuel-efficient engines will be located in an existing facility in suburban Cleveland that has been closed since 2007. The Cleveland plant was chosen to make the 3.5-liter, V-6 EcoBoost engines that will be standard on the Ford Taurus SHO and optional on the Lincoln MKS and MKT, and Ford Flex cars. EcoBoost engines combine direct injection technology and turbo-charging for improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. The EcoBoost engines can achieve up to 20% better fuel and 15% lower CO2 emissions, compared with larger displacement engines, without sacrificing power. The new EcoBoost engine will get an estimated 25 to 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 to 20 miles per gallon in […]
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Howard Hanna Moves Real Estate HQ to Cleveland Howard Hanna Real Estate will move the regional headquarters of its 21-county operation in Ohio from Seven Hills to Cleveland. It will consolidate its operations in the downtown Warehouse District at 800 West St. Clair, the former location of recently acquired Realty One. “With the help of Councilman [Joe] Cimperman, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the City of Cleveland’s Economic Development Department, we were able to show the unique assets available to businesses that made Downtown Cleveland the location of choice for the company,” Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says. The city will provide to Howard Hanna an Urban Development Action Grant loan in the amount of $250,000, distributed over three years and likely turned into a grant if all loan conditions are met, including maintenance of employment levels. According to Howard Hanna executives, about 100 Seven Hills employees will join about 55 former Realty One employees downtown. More hiring is expected and the employment level will likely reach 200. Howard W. Hanna IV, president of Howard Hanna Ohio, said that in addition to taking over Realty One’s 25,000-square-foot office space, the company plans to lease another 5,000 square feet in the building to accommodate more staff. He said the company is making a “significant” investment into the property, above the loan amount, but did not provide a figure. “The decision to place our Ohio headquarters in the city solidifies our commitment to the region and Cleveland, which is one of the nation’s largest major urban centers,” Hanna says. “Before we entered the Ohio market in 2003, we were impressed by the vitality of Cleveland as a world-class city that offers outstanding quality of life and has an unlimited potential for business growth. That impression is not only lasting, it is deepened.” Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, with corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, is the fifth-largest full service real estate company and the third-largest privately held real estate firm in the United States. In a period of nearly six years, the company has acquired eight other real estate brokerages and expanded services to include insurance, mortgage options, title and escrow. It is estimated that the brokerage’s move will generate more than $1 million annually for the local economy. Howard Hanna says it expects downtown to grow in the next decade, with a resurgence of high-density, mixed used-urban developments. West Chester Medical Center Opening in May West Chester Medical Center, which broke ground in West Chester, OH in July 2006, is scheduled to open […]
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Cleveland’s Teamwork Wins Over ViewRay In February, ViewRay Incorporated, a medical device manufacturer, announced that it will move its headquarters from Gainesville, FL to Cleveland, OH. The company will hire 25 professionals within the first year and will fill more than 90 positions within three years. According to ViewRay CEO William Wells, the company chose the Cleveland region after considering several bioscience hotbeds including Boston, MA; the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina; Atlanta, GA; and the Bay Area in Northern California. The company stated a key factor that led to its decision was the state of Ohio’s commitment to and infrastructure for supporting bioscience companies. Wells was also impressed with the team approach in both Cleveland and Ohio. “Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher was instrumental in our decision making process,” Wells says. “The state’s commitment to the bioscience industry is encouraging and leads me to believe that our company will prosper here.” Wells also notes the unique opportunity to work with established engineering teams in medical imaging, world-class health institutions like the Cleveland Clinic, and the region’s cluster of start-up businesses as additional reasons for selecting the city. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority on Monday approved job creation tax credits for ViewRay estimated at $537,431 over 10 years to help the company move and equip its facility. “Ohio is making incredible strides in the biosciences, attracting companies like ViewRay that are pioneers in ground breaking products that will save lives and transform the industry,” says Fisher, who also serves as the director of the Ohio Department of Development. “This collaborative effort between Cuyahoga County, TeamNEO, BioOhio, BioEnterprise, and a number of our other partners highlights the region’s continuing commitment to growing this sector.” “As a team, they were comprehensively better than anyone that we talked to in the other states,” says Wells. According to ViewRay, which acquired $25 million from venture capitalists in January, its investors originally advised the company to move from Florida and to consider Cleveland for its headquarters. That Other Penn Station Chooses That Other Miami In March, Ohio-based restaurant chain, Penn Station, announced that it will begin building its new headquarters in Miami Township, OH this spring. The $1.5 million, 10,000-square-foot facility will be used by 14 current employees, including the company’s management team, and will provide enough space to hire an additional four employees in the future. The new facility will be located on 10 acres along US Highway 50. The company is considering creating a training restaurant on the property where it can train […]