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, OHAmylin 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 colleges and universities. BioOhio, a bioscience development organization, was able to help Amylin find suitable personnel for the facility. J&B Steel is the steel erector for the new sections of the facility buildings. The drug company’s Amylin Ohio LLC subsidiary also was awarded a $1.5 million Targeted Industry Attraction Program (TIA) grant for the expansion of the West Chester site, from Ohio's Third Frontier program. Amylin expects to ramp up production of a long-acting release formulation of exenatide, a compound in development for the management of Type 2 diabetes, at the facility. Amylin already manufactures a twice-daily formulation of the drug under the BYETTA© brand. “This is a very important high technology investment for us,” said Greg Jolivette, president of the Butler County Board of Commissioners. “It validates Butler County as a site for biotechnology manufacturing and the quality of our work force.” Amylin targeted the West Chester facility for expansion in part because it is strategically located near its technology partner Alkermes, a Cambridge, Mass.-based pharmaceutical company that has a facility in Wilmington. Eli Lilly and Co., based in Indianapolis, is also collaborating on the development on the long-acting exenatide formulation. If approved by the FDA, exenatide would become the first once-weekly therapy to treat type 2 diabetes. Under the terms of Amylin’s agreement with Lilly, Lilly reportedly will make an initial cash payment of $125 million to Amylin and Amylin will supply exenatide for sales in the U.S. and to Lilly for sales outside the U.S. Lilly also is expected to reimburse Amylin for its share of the $500 million capital investment in the West Chester facility. “The state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Ohio is readying for full-scale commercial manufacturing of exenatide once weekly,” said Daniel M. Bradbury, president and chief executive officer of Amylin Pharmaceuticals.
New Butler Tech Campus Focuses on Biomedical TrainingButler Technology and Career Development Schools is moving and pushing ahead with plans for a new West Chester Township campus, focused on biomedical training. The project has an expected cost of $35 million. Area leaders believe the new campus is a worthy investment, because it will help ensure a skilled workforce to a growing healthcare sector. According to Butler Tech CEO Robert Sommers, construction could begin on the project, which will include a 400-student high school devoted to biomedical training, within the next two years. “What we’re hearing from the community is, “When can you build and how quickly can you open to meet our needs?” Sommers told the Business Courier of Cincinnati. “It’s been one of those ideas that seems fairly simple to move forward with.” Butler Tech, which has a $50 million annual budget, recently completed a study of community needs. The northern suburbs are experiencing a healthcare boom as their population grows, with players including the Health Alliance, Premier Health Partners, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and TriHealth all building facilities in the area in recent years. Carol King, the top executive at the newly built West Chester Medical Center, said she anticipates having openings for many graduates in coming years. Her hospital has about 560 employees, enough to care for about 40 patients a day. But the hospital, which opened in May, has 162 beds, and King is focusing on growing the patient census rapidly over the next three years. Many other employers also will be ready to hire the graduates from the new biomedical campus, said Colleen O’Toole, president of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council. The Hamilton-based Butler Tech operates more than 190 satellite programs through 10 affiliated school districts. Butler Tech teaches more than 25,000 teen and adult students, offering classes in fields as diverse as network technology, digital media arts, biotechnology and public safety. The curriculum for the new campus, to be built at Interstate 75 and Cincinnati-Dayton Road, is still being designed. High school students would graduate ready to enter the work force in tech or aide positions and also qualified to continue studies toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. The West Chester Chamber Alliance also is expected to move to the campus. The new high school in West Chester is the first ninth-through-12th grade high school for Butler Tech. Vocational schools, which work in cooperation with the districts in their area, typically teach only juniors and seniors. Butler Tech has an option to purchase the land for the new building, but the project remains in the early planning stages. School officials hope to have the building open within the next three to five years. A formal analysis outlining financials, space needs, specific programs and a business model is expected to be completed in November or December of this year. Butler Tech make a substantial upfront investment in the construction project and issue bonds to cover the rest of the cost. Growth of hospitals and medical campuses in the southern Dayton area, including Children’s Hospital and Atrium Medical Center, served as a catalyst for Butler Tech choosing the West Chester location. The school is hoping to form partnerships with nearby hospitals to create an immersive environment for the students, guidance for curriculum and opportunities for clinical training. Bill Solazzo, director of marketing for the school, said the project has been in discussion for more than a year. Solazzo did not have a timetable for ground breaking, and said the school has yet to select engineering or architectural firms for the project. He said the school is not releasing specifics such as size, cost and location, as the land purchase has not happened. The option expires Dec. 1 and Butler Tech’s board is set to vote on the land option Nov. 18. Currently, Butler Tech operates a similar medical-focused campus at the Greentree Health Science Academy in Monroe, which would relocate to the new space near West Chester. The current campus is in space leased from the Monroe Schools. About 200 juniors and seniors interested in the medical fields are currently at the school. However, with a goal to expand to 500 and add staff, the building would be too small. Along with the Greentree Academy, Butler Tech operates two other campuses solely devoted to one career field, including a natural science center and a public safety education complex. The tech center teaches nearly 25,000 students at all of its Butler County campuses and in-district school programs and has more than 300 employees. Solazzo did not say how large he expected the new high school to be, but said it would need space for specialized labs for medical coursework. Butler Tech’s plan fits in line with what other career technical education schools are doing across the country, according to The Association for Career and Technical Education, based in Alexandria, Va.
Buckeye Power Generating Aquires Additional CapacityBuckeye Power Generating, LLC (Buckeye Generating), a subsidiary of Buckeye Power, Inc., of Columbus, OH, has secured 214 megawatts (MWs) of coal-fired base load generation in an acquisition of a nine-percent ownership interest in Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and an entitlement to the power from its Kyger Creek and Clifty Creek power stations. Buckeye Generating, already the owner of nine percent of OVEC's generation, reached agreement with another OVEC capacity owner, FirstEnergy Generation Corp., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., to acquire an additional entitlement from OVEC. The transaction is worth approximately $252 million. “This gives us a bridge over uncertain regulatory and legislative times and buffers co-op members from the costs of additional base load generation,” said Pat O'Loughlin, vice president of power supply and chief operating officer. “Building a new coal-fired power plant today entails extremely high risks, even if you can get regulatory approval. Global climate change issues and future greenhouse gas laws mean special treatment and scrutiny for new plants,” O'Loughlin added. “We wanted to find competitively priced, low-risk opportunities for adding base load capacity.” O’Loughlin said Buckeye’s existing relationship with OVEC made the decision to acquire additional capacity a good long-term investment. OVEC owns and operates five 217-MW units at Kyger Creek in Gallia County, Ohio, and six 217-MW units at Clifty Creek near Madison, Indiana. Buckeye Generating first acquired OVEC capacity in March of 2006. Other sponsoring companies include affiliates of First Energy, American Electric Power, Allegheny Energy, Duke Energy, DPL, E.ON U.S., and Vectren. Buckeye Power, Inc., is a generation-and-transmission cooperative supplying power and energy to its 25 member electric distribution cooperatives. Ohio’s distribution cooperatives’ certified service territory covers nearly 40 percent of the land area in portions of 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties. They serve more than 390,000 homes, farms, businesses and industries.
Better Built Snares Two Projects from Army CorpBetter 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 ClevelandThe 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 city driving, Ford said. Ford invested $55 million in tooling and equipment upgrades at the Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to prepare for the EcoBoost engine. The program is designed to be a first step toward using the technology in four-cylinder engines, and it is not expected to affect ongoing V6 engine production in Lima, OH. During production, each engine built at the Cleveland plant will have an internal database contained on a microchip that will track every stage of production and ensure quality. Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1, which was Ford's first engine plant in Ohio when it opened in 1951, had more than 500 employees when it was shut down in May 2007. It was retooled to make 3.5-liter engines, but the company decided that this production capacity wasn't needed. Dearborn, MI-based Ford said it initially will use about 250 workers from another engine plant and a casting plant at the Cleveland-area site. To prepare for the EcoBoost engine, the workforce is undergoing an intensive quality-training program. The plant is working with Cuyahoga Community College, which is providing four weeks of advanced manufacturing training. The site announcement for the new engine is a major boost for Ohio, a state with a large automotive sector, and one, which has been hit hard by layoffs. Ohio's unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in January, up from the revised rate of 7.4 in December and the highest level in more than 20 years.
Matandy Opens $2.2-Million Plant in HamiltonMatandy Steel is preparing to open a new 35,000-square-foot steel manufacturing facility on the site of the former Hamilton Die Cast property in Hamilton, OH. Matandy has invested about $2.2 million to build the manufacturing facility for the company's new business venture under the name J.N. Linrose Mfg. The facility initially will employ about 15 workers at $10 to $15 an hour. They will build steel beams used in commercial building construction. The deal for the new plant was put together when the city sold the 5.6-acre property to Matandy at the original buying price of $87,300, according to Tim Bigler, the city's economic development director. The deal included $750,000 in grant money from the Clean Ohio Assistance Fund to demolish the former building and clean up the site. Through property tax payments over a 30-year period, the city will get reimbursed on project costs and the school district will be paid its share of the tax revenue. Anything left over will by used by Matandy to offset its building costs, Bigler said.
Howard Hanna Moves Real Estate HQ to ClevelandHoward 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 MayWest Chester Medical Center, which broke ground in West Chester, OH in July 2006, is scheduled to open its doors in May 2009. The facility is the first new full-service hospital in the Greater Cincinnati area in 25 years. Part of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, the 380,000-square-foot facility will be located near the borders of Butler and Warren counties. The hospital will help fulfill a need for close-to-home health care in these rapidly growing communities. By the time the hospital opens, the populations of these counties will already have grown more than 10 percent, compared with the population level at the time of the ground-breaking for the project in 2006. Once fully operational, the 160-bed hospital (which has a 300-bed future expansion plan) will employ nearly 1000 workers. Officials do not expect the economic downturn to negatively impact the hospital’s usage. “People cannot control when they get sick. Illness is always going to be there. So even when there are bad economic times, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to impact the medical field,” says Stephanie Savicki of the Health Alliance. Located off Cox Road on the University Pointe medical campus, West Chester Medical Center is equipped with the latest technology, providing services which will include inpatient and outpatient diagnostics and treatment, imaging and a 24-hour full-service emergency department.
Hyland Software Prepares for ExpansionHyland Software Inc. has purchased 17 acres of Nordson Corporation’s neighboring 25-acre campus in Westlake, OH. The $7.5-million sale closed on December 30, 2008 and included the procurement of Nordson’s headquarters building on Clemens Road. Founded in 1954, Nordson, one of the world’s leading producers of precision dispensing equipment for adhesives, sealants and coatings, was left with too much room in Westlake after moving its laboratories to other locations. While Nordson plans to keep five acres and the second floor of the 68,000-square-foot building, pending relocation of its headquarters, Hyland is likely to purchase the other 3.25 acres of the property in order to support expansion plans. Budgeted to hire 145 people in 2009, Hyland’s workforce grew by nearly 30% last year, reaching 851 employees and surpassing the company’s projections. More than 700 of those employees work at the Westlake headquarters, a 16-acre campus with a 138,000-square -foot building. Established in 1991, Hyland Software is northeast Ohio’s largest software company. Developer of the OnBase enterprise content management suite, Hyland provides organizations with tools for paperless operation. Hyland Software Inc. will keep its current headquarters and progressively fill in the Nordson building. Hyland estimated that the two buildings could hold 1,200 employees and said it “could probably get about 3,000 people in Westlake if [it builds] out the whole property.”
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