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UPDATE: Ormet Sale Finalized – Hannibal Development Partners is on site!

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Niagara Worldwide is on site managing the efforts of Hannibal Development Partners, as top management determines the sites next steps.

12 Miles of Rail, Barge Docks, Usable Buildings and an Aluminum Manufacturing Infrastructure that effects the world market is ready for use, reuse or repurpose.

Former Ormet Aluminum Refinery

UPDATE 7/31/2014 5:05 PM

Nine months ago it was Ohio’s largest industrial layoff of the year.

Now, it’s official.

Ormet is no more.

The sale of the idle plant to Niagara Worldwide was finalized Wednesday, according to its president.

Niagara is a Wisconsin property developer that buys, manages, markets and sells idle industrial property.

The company bought the Ormet plant at an auction earlier this summer for $25 million.

A former employee we spoke with did not want to appear on camera.

He was laid off in October after 15 years at Ormet.

“Pretty tough, it’s something that didn’t have to happen. Kasich, he could have done something,” says the former employee.

While Ormet is no more, Niagara’s president says it’s possible another aluminum smelter could move in to the plant.


UPDATE 6/30/2014 11:15 AM

Big news for the future of Ormet.

A new company steps in with a move that could potentially resurrect the idle property.

The president says he wants to bring jobs back to the region.

The big deal is creating optimism for former employees who want the site to reopen.

Friday during a private auction Niagara Worldwide won the rights to purchase Ormet and its assets for over $25 million.

The company is out of Wisconsin.

It’s a property developer that acquires, manages, markets and sells idle industrial properties.

Just in the past year, nearly 1,000 workers were laid off at the Hannibal location but now the site’s future is looking a little brighter.

“We find ourselves looking at a site in a downturned economy that needs some sort of facelift, modification, marketing, interaction with the community or the economic development council so that it can gain funding, gain momentum and restart or change over completely,” says Eric Spirtas, President of Niagra Worldwide.

“It builds the community up, jobs can come back here. A lot of them have left here, and got jobs at other places and maybe they’ll com back. I hope so,” says Paul Isaacs.

Niagara’s president says there’s a lot of work to be done but the company will concentrate their efforts toward finding the right plan for the Hannibal site.

Ormet was last year’s largest industrial layoff across all of Ohio.


UPDATE 5/19/2014 12:15 PM

HANNIBAL, Ohio (AP) – Ormet Corp. told the state it will lay off the remaining 42 employees at its aluminum smelter in eastern Ohio.

The employees remained after the plant in Hannibal ceased operations in October. They will lose their jobs at the end of the month, with a complete closing of the plant by the end of July.

The company announced it would close its plant along the Ohio River and lay off more than 1,000 workers after state utility regulators rejected portions of its proposed deal for reducing electricity costs.

Ormet said the decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio made it impossible for the company to escape bankruptcy.

The plant was once the largest employer in the region.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


UPDATE 2/21/2014 5:10 PM

Lending a helping hand.

Workers from the closed Ormet plant get much needed groceries.

Friday was the first of a two-day food drive organized by the United Steelworkers.

There were also people on hand providing help with pension plans and health insurance.

The workers were laid off when the Hannibal aluminum manufacturer shut down in October.

Congressman Bill Johnson’s office had representatives there Friday as well.

he donated $2,000 to help provide tax preparation services to the workers there.


UPDATE 2/19/2014 5:12 PM

Relief is coming in the form of the union for local 5724 members who were Ormet workers laid off at Hannibal’s aluminum plant.

The united steelworkers host a food and relief drive Friday and Saturday from 9 to 4.

On top of handing out groceries, presentations about benefits and services will be available for workers and their families, with topics ranging from health insurance through Get Covered America, to tax services through United Way, and even private or anonymous mental health services.

The event will be held at local union 5724 on Union Drive in Clarington, Ohio.


UPDATE 1/8/2014 5:05 PM

They lost their jobs over a power dispute.

Wednesday Ormet workers traveled to Columbus to rally in front of AEP.

They’ve wanted Governor John Kasich to step in and help resolve the power rate dispute between the utilities commission, AEP and the company.

So far, no luck.

But the Ormet workers are not giving up.

They say they want a resolution.

Outside in the cold Wednesday they marched, trying to raise awareness and get AEP back to the table.

Ormet declared bankruptcy in Febuary of 2013.

In October of 2013 they shut down after no agreement was made on the electric rates.

It resulted in the loss of 1,000 jobs in southeastern Ohio, affecting entire families.

Picketers say if AEP doesn’t do something those families will be forced to leave the Valley and even the state of Ohio.

Workers say they just want AEP to charge Ormet the same price they charge the other aluminum producers.

Workers say this is the most depressing thing they have ever had to do.

They say they are disappointed in Governor Kasich and how he is handling the situation.

As the day went on the crowd grew and people that didn’t even work at Ormet joined in to help the cause.

Melissa McHenry, Director of External Communications for AEP, released the following statement:

“We are sorry to see any Ohio business fail, and we sympathize with the Ormet employees who lost their jobs, but the reality is that Ormet already had substantially discounted electricity rates, and the Public Utility Commission of Ohio determined that it was not appropriate to further subsidize those rates. It is unfortunate, but Ormet simply could not sustainably compete in a depressed aluminum market, and electricity rates are not the reason.”


UPDATE 12/27/2013 4:20 PM

Keeping up the pressure.

The United Steelworkers Union isn’t letting up on its efforts to reopen the dormant Ormet aluminum plant.

It’s now been three months since that Monroe County, Ohio plant shut down after it failed to get an agreement with state utility regulators on an electric power rate plan.

But the United Steelworkers says it will keep pressure on the Kasich administration and the state public utilities commission.

Ormet, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year, shut down in October after the state public utilities commission failed to approve a new power rate structure with American Electric Power.

The union, in a teleconference Friday morning, once again called on Governor John Kasich to step into the situation.

“The PUCO (members) are appointed by the governor; I understand they act independently of what his desires might be,” says David McCall, with the United Steelworkers Union. “But the governor of the state of Ohio can bring the parties to the table, and demand they sit down and discuss what the real facts are.”

McCall noted Kasich’s predecessors, from both political parties, were able to help keep the struggling plant open.

The Steelworkers Union recently has conducted an on-line petition drive.

But this weekend, it plans to take its efforts door-to-door.

The governor’s office has told us it cannot force a solution with the PUCO.

Published reports say some of Ormet’s assets have recently been put up for public auction.


UPDATE 11/19/2013 9:40 AM

The issues surrounding the closing of Ormet aren’t going away.

Last week the United Steelworkers challenged Governor Kasich to get Ohio regulators and a major utility to negotiate a new power rate to reopen the plant.

The governor’s office said it can’t tell the utilities commission what to do.

Monday Senator Lou Gentile criticized that answer.

“A lot of concern, especially about our communities. I’m very disappointed that the governor has not become more engaged, he has yet to make a public comment concerning Ormet himself, he has only utilized his spokesman on his behalf and I believe that the people in the Mid-Ohio Valley deserve better, quite frankly,” says Sen. Gentile.

Senator Gentile was in Marietta Monday endorsing Jennifer Garrison’s campaign for Congress.

Senator Gentile says Garrison has the best interest of this community and the entire district in mind.


UPDATE 11/13/2013 5:50 PM

Tuesday dozens of steelworkers held a rally, trying to re-start the Ormet plant with Governor Kasich’s help.

Wednesday the governor’s office shared a response the union wasn’t hoping for.

The United Steelworkers want the governor to get Ohio regulators and a major utility to negotiate a utility rate to reopen the Ormet plant in Monroe County.

But the governor’s office says what they’re being asked to do is not their responsibility, and it’s also illegal.

“The reality is we’ve been involved, but the only thing we’ve seen concrete that they’ve asked us to do is not permissible under Ohio law and that is push around the Public Utilities Commission,’ says Press Secretary Rob Nichols. “In Ohio, the PUCO is an independent entity so what they’ve asked us to do is not looked upon kindly by Ohio law.”

The governor’s office adds that they are open to any suggestions and ideas that can reverse falling aluminum prices.

A thousand workers were laid off last month at Ormet after the Public Utilities Commission rejected part of a deal to reduce the cost of power.


UPDATE 11/12/2013 4:25 PM

Trying to re-start an idled plant.

Steelworkers want Ohio Governor John Kasich to get involved.

The United Steelworkers want Governor Kasich to get Ohio regulators and a major utility to negotiate a utility rate to reopen the Monroe County plant.

A thousand workers were laid off last month at Ormet after the Public Utilities Commission rejected part of a deal to reduce the cost of power.

“There’s got to be a way they can sit down together and find a solution to this power problem,” says Donnie Blatt, with United Steelworkers. “These folks aren’t asking for a handout, they’re asking for a fair shot to retain their jobs.”

The union is promoting its cause through a website and social media.

Ormet filed for bankruptcy protection last February.


UPDATE 11/12/2013 12:30 PM

Ormet workers are not going down without a fight.

A labor union seeking the reopening of the aluminum smelter is launching a campaign aimed at Governor John Kasich.

It is called Save Ohio Jobs.

Through videos and a new website, the union will gather signatures to ask Gov. Kasich to use his position to help.

Ormet filed for bankruptcy protection in February.

It decided to close its plant along the Ohio River near Wheeling last month after state utility regulators rejected portions of its proposed deal for reducing electricity costs

Tuesday a rally is being held in Clarington, Ohio.

We do have a reporter there and we will have more on that story Tuesday on WTAP News at 5, 6 and 11 and right here at thenewscenter.tv


UPDATE 10/28/2013 11:45 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – What was once the largest private employer in its region is now Ohio’s largest industrial layoff of the year.

As we told you earlier this month, Ormet announced it would be closing its doors, putting more than 1,000 employees out of work.

Now, Governor Kasich is facing criticism over the smelting company’s closure.

Officials with Ormet are blaming the governor for not helping the company with their negotiations with state utility regulators.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio denied the company’s request for an energy transition plan to operate while building a natural gas based power facility.

Kasich’s supporters say Ormet was doomed by the economics of huge power requirements and historically low metal prices.

The company began a partial shutdown in August after being turned down for a temporary reduction for its power bill.

Ormet filed for bankruptcy in February.

Officials say a restart of its plant would depend on its ability to get a long term economical power supply .

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


UPDATE 10/11/2013 04:50 PM

Some Ohio lawmakers want pressure on the governor to keep Ormet open.

Others say: just get some kind of resolution.

Echoing the latter statement is Republican State Representative Andy Thompson.

Thompson says that, while the governor appoints members of the state public utilities commission, there’s only so much influence he has over the commission’s decisions.

“The difficult thing for Ormet is the economic climate right now. The market for aluminum is not good,” Thompson says. “They want to see light at the end of the tunnel, and they want to see this turned around. That’s something that’s going to be involved if they sit down at the table, if they’re able to sit down to the table.”

Ormet says the failure of PUCO to approve in its entirety an interim agreement on utility rates was behind its decision to close its Monroe County aluminum plant.

Lawmakers and the united steelworkers union have called on Gov. Kasich to intervene in the case.


UDPATE 10/10/2013 5:05 PM

Thousands of people have lost their jobs after the closing of Ormet in Monroe County.

It’s a big issue right now and Senator Lou Gentile is trying to help.

Senator Gentile says his heart goes out to the workers and their families.

He says this is just devastating to the economy in southeastern Ohio and all of Ohio.

He says the Kasich administration did not hold up their end of the deal to secure the reasonable rate to operate.

His office is working with the people that lost their jobs and their families to help them with the next steps to stay afloat.

Ormet announced last week it was closing the Hannibal, Ohio plant after failing to get approval from the state Public Utilities Commission for a transition plan

That, the company said, would have allowed it to keep the plant operating while transitioning to natural gas power.


UPDATE 10/9/2013 12:20 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The United Steelworkers say Gov. John Kasich can help save 600 jobs in southeast Ohio by intervening in an electricity conflict between aluminum maker Ormet Corp. and state utility regulators.

Ormet has proceeded with “full curtailment” of its Hannibal, Ohio, operations after the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio partially rejected its energy transition plan last week. The company’s request to continue operating while building an onsite natural-gas power plant was declined.

A statement on Ormet’s website says the decision makes it impossible for the company to escape bankruptcy. Commissioners allowed Ormet to defer electricity bills through December. It filed bankruptcy in February.

The steelworkers’ union asked Kasich to urge Ormet, PUCO and American Electric Power to negotiate a compromise.

Kasich’s spokesman says the state wants Ormet to succeed and previously has given it a more than $300 million subsidy.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


UPDATE 10/7/2013 4:49 PM

Steel workers take another huge hit.

Another long time plant decides to shutdown.

Ormet, just up the road in Hannibal, Ohio, made the announcement at the end of last week.

This is not exactly a closing that sent shockwaves through a community.

Ormet announced back in February it is in bankruptcy, and the company gave its required notice of a partial shutdown this past summer.

What, according to company officials, sealed the plant’s fate was the decision by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission to approve only part of a request for electric power rate subsidies.

Although the Hannibal, Ohio plant’s employment is below what it once was, one area development official says it’s still a sad day for the area.

“When they lose their jobs, it has a ripple impact. Fewer people are buying cars, buying houses, buying all the things that go with living life here,” says Charlotte Keim, President of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. “It hurts other businesses who may be suppliers to that company.”

In a company statement released last week, Ormet says the rate it pays to purchase electricity from American Electric Power has increased more than 50 percent in the past four years.

Leaders of the United Steelworkers local representing Ormet workers were reportedly in meetings Monday with company officials.

We have not been able to reach them for comment.


A big blow to the economy along the Ohio River.

Ormet says it’s closing its doors, putting 600-employees out of work.

The Hannibal based aluminum smelter made the announcement in a news release on its website.

Back on Wednesday, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio denied the company’s request for an energy transition plan to operate while building a natural gas based power facility.

Because of that, the company is shutting down operations immediately.

In August Ormet began a partial shutdown, after being turned down for a temporary reduction for its power bill.

And, back in February Ormet filed for bankruptcy.

The company says that a restart of its plant would depend on its ability to get a long term economical power supply.

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3 vacant mills in western Massachusetts are sold

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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LEE, Mass. — A Wisconsin-based development company has bought three vacant paper mills in western Massachusetts and is talking with local officials and others about how to use the properties.

Niagara Worldwide of Niagara, Wisconsin, bought the Columbia and Greylock mills in Lee and the Niagara Mill in Lenox Dale. The sale prices weren’t disclosed.

Niagara President Eric Spirtas told The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1kmp41j ) that his company is working with local officials, other developers and prospective tenants on possible redevelopment of the mills, which were closed more than six year ago by previous owner Schweitzer-Mauduit International. Spirtas also says the company will be seeking the public’s input.

The Columbia and Niagara mills date back to the 1800s, while the Greylock Mill was built in the mid-1960s. All three are in residential neighborhoods.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com 

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Lenox Development, three paper mills with one dynamic vision for redevelopment in Lee, MA

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Lenox Development is headed towards closing in Lee, MA. Three separate former paper mills within a 2-mile radius are on the drawing board for comprehensive redevelopment. The three properties include 400,000 sq. ft. of buildings on 72 acres with rail and a variety of reuse amenities available. In May 2008, Schweitzer-Maduit closed the three paper mills, allowing for this redevelopment opportunity. Niagara’s resume bodes well for the three mills and the town, according to Lee, MA officials. “They have extensive experience with older buildings and a solid financial background,” said John Philpott, a member of the Lee Community Development Corp.

The Niagara Redevelopment Team is looking for the best way to reintroduce the properties to the community with a possible mix of industrial and residential development. All three properties are ready for reuse.Image

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Ready to Use Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Technology sought from CHOREN Beta Facility

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The CHOREN Beta Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Refinery is the focus of beta plant developers in need of the ready to use equipment located at the former CHOREN site in Freiberg, Germany. The like new condition of the right sized beta equipment and the extensive value of the ready to use Fischer-Tropsch machinery and systems appear to be of key importance to international buyers. The Niagara Team to date has found several worldwide entities working on beta-sized production facilities. There is a growing number of companies looking to move up to beta level production in their Gas to Liquids pursuits. While Niagara still negotiates the sale of the specialty Fischer-Tropsch equipment with interested buyers, Niagara expects more FT suitors until the equipment is ultimately sold, the former CHOREN facility has an abundance of redundant systems that remain available and FAM continues to schedule talks.Image

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Who ever heard of used industrial equipment still wrapped in plastic from the manufacturer.

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Hugo Volk, Manager of European Operations, is conducting a second site visit at the former CHOREN Biomass Gasification Refinery in Freiberg, Germany.  This time, working with a party from the Middle East interested in the Siemens / Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch Steam Turbine Unit.  The high interest is over the cost saving of the CHOREN equipment, much of the equipment was never used.  As you can see in the photos, the equipment is still wrapped in plastic for shipping from the manufacturer.   “The technology and subsequent equipment at the former CHOREN plant is unprecedented. Where else can you find this level and volume of virtually new equipment”, said Hugo Volk.  The CHOREN Facility covers 7 acres and was a beta plant used for sustainable CO2 neutral fuel production.

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NIAGARA is in the News – Former Mirro Building is ready for Reclaimation

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Fox News – Fox 11 Green Bay – New life for innards of Manitowoc Mirro plant – Spirtas’ Niagara Worldwide is Engaged!  10 Thousand Tons of Wood at Stake.

“It’s been eight years and people understand that this building will not make or press pans anymore,” said Eric Spirtas, president of Niagara Worldwide, an industrial reclamation and demolition company.

FOX 11 reports on the Mirro Building in Manitowoc Wisconsin

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http://www.fox11online.com/news/local/lakeshore/new-life-for-innards-of-manitowoc-mirro-plant

ABC News – WBAY Green Bay – Reclaiming History Underway at Old Mirro Plant in Manitowoc

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abc 2 WBAY reports on Mirro Building – Manitowoc Wisconsin

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“You walk in here and you think you can immediately renovate this building and put someone in here for service,” Eric Spirtas said, who bought the building in 2005. “That’s not the case.”

Shortly after Spirtas bought the building, the Great Recession hit.  Finally, his reclamation is underway.

“People understand this building will not make or press pans anymore,” he said. “Our goal is to create something that’s usable, economically feasible.”

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December 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

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NIAGARA Worldwide Managers Participate in New North Inc.’s 10th annual “New North Summit”

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NIAGARA — New North Inc.’s 10th annual “New North Summit” featured jobs expert and author Edward E. Gordon as the keynote speaker. The conference, sponsored by BMO Harris, was held on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay.

Nick Ghere (Site Manager of the Niagara Development Site) along with Shelly Ghere (Director of Finance) and Don Jacobsmeyer (Director of Real Estate) for Niagara Worldwide were on hand to meet and discuss the regional influence on Niagara managed properties.

With holdings in the Outagamie, Manitowoc and Marinette Counties, Niagara relies on consistent and engaging government programs to spark associated development.

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Key Note Speaker – Ed Gordon

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ASHWAUBENON — It’s not the best of times, it’s not the worst of times.

That would be one way to sum up the message Friday at New North Summit 2013. Presentations at the 18-county economic development organization’s annual meeting highlighted many positive economic aspects in the region and a few worrisome ones, most notably, an existing and potentially growing skills gap.

“The underlying foundation is talent,” said Ed Gordon of Imperial Consulting Corp., the keynote speaker. “Skills are the new currency for this decade.”

Gordon credited New North and other regional organizations, such as the Northeastern Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance, Bay Area Workforce Development Board and NewEra educational collaboration, among others, for their efforts in addressing the need for better-qualified workers.

“We need more well-educated and well-skilled Americans. You’re doing a lot. You need to do more,” he said. “For the first time in history, the generation retiring is better educated than the generation that follows.”

Gordon said the United States has a rising tide of vacant jobs, which grew to 7 million last year, including 33,500 in Wisconsin. Two-thirds of jobs that will need filling in the future will be to replace retiring baby boomers. Also, he said, many long-term unemployed have stopped looking.

“The number of people leaving the labor force exceed the number of jobs we created,” he said. “Unless we better educate half of our population, instead of 25 percent, we won’t be able to preserve our freedoms.”

The skills gap could be worse. The economy could be booming and the need for workers even greater, but Dennis Winters, chief of the Office of Economic Advisors in the Department of Workforce Development, said Wisconsin businesses still are waiting for “that big pop” that normally follows a recession. Four years after the recession ended, it hasn’t happened.

Uncertainty is the biggest single deterrent to capital investment by businesses, from government budget battles, sequestration and debt limits to the Affordable Care Act. As a result, Winters said, business is lowering its expectations.

Governor Scott Walker

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Green Bay – Governor Scott Walker joined business, education, and community leaders at the New North Summit in Green Bay today.  The annual event is an opportunity to collaborate and network with the goal of stimulating the economy and building a stronger region.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come together, share ideas, and learn about regional growth opportunities,” Governor Walker said.  “When people are invested in their community and motivated to address the issues and challenges employers face, everyone benefits.”

Some of the topics addressed in this year’s summit include, ways to develop the workforce and close the skills gap, economic trends, how to become a fast-growing company, how to connect to the global marketplace, and the importance of sustainability practices to the bottom line.

Pictures from 2012 Visit to the Governor Mansion – Niagara Development was invited to Tailgate and Network

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker & Niagara Development Site Manager Nick Ghere
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Nick Ghere, Governor Scott Walker, Eric J Spirtas, Ed Maglasang

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With a complete site “Re-Development” located in Marinette county, NIAGARA Development boasts its enhanced benefits.  From Building leases, Commercial landfill expansion to the exploration and prospective development of a Granite Quarry that could be one of the regions largest of its type in years to come, NIAGARA will be a significant provider of jobs to the area.  

“This summit serves as a great source of information and networking for our industrial development,” says Site Manager Nick Ghere.  “We are confident that our facility will continue to grow, create jobs and be seen as a regional success.”