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3 vacant mills in western Massachusetts are sold

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Associated Press

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 ( ) 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.


Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, 

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Eric J Spirtas

USA Address:
 – 1101 Mill Street, Niagara Wisconsin 54151
OHIO – 43840 Ohio #7, Hannibal Ohio, 43931
MISSOURI – 6727 Langley Ave., St. Louis Missouri 63123
+1.314.780.3742 Direct – +1.866.735.9925 Fax



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January 16, 2012 – NIAGARA WISCONSIN (For Immediate Release)





Niagara Development is quickly approaching its February 11th one year anniversary as owner of the former NewPage Paper Mill in Niagara Wisconsin and operator of the 1,300 acre property conversion that straddles the Menominee River in both Dickinson and Marinette Counties.

After exhaustive research and on site review from industry experts and business redevelopment teams from around the region, it has become clear that many of the “purpose built” structures on the site were not an advantage to new comers, but as stated by most suitors, a deterrent to utilization and restoration.  “NIAGARA has engaged real estate and construction professionals alike to walk the vacant buildings that were used for the manufacturing of ‘Paper’, ‘Pulp’ and ‘Power’ in order to outline options that fit the areas reuse plan.  Every response focused on the difficulty of conversion to standard industrial use,” says President of NIAGARA Development, Eric J Spirtas.  “Every professional sees the immediate value in the; Shipping, Coating and Warehouse buildings, but highlights a ‘disconnect’ when considering the reuse of the remaining large multi-story industrial buildings.”

Recently a National firm contacted NIAGARA Development, offering to buy all of the structures and associated equipment at the facility to “Demolish and Scrape” the entire site, creating a cleared brownfield parcel.  This proposal did not fit NIAGARA Development’s desire or intent.  Instead NIAGARA Development took this opportunity to strategically plan the retention of the most marketable buildings, while accepting parts of the original proposition, which will result in the removal of the un-usable buildings.  This work will start immediately and will open up the remainder of the site for re-purposing of any type.  “Removing the unsuitable buildings will provide NIAGARA with a unique opportunity to market available space to any type of company and then specifically design buildings and usage patterns that fit the needs of today’s buyer,” says Spirtas.

The company removing the unusable structures will also spend a significant amount of money getting the railroad back in full operation giving NIAGARA Development a distinct advantage in marketing the property to new businesses.  “Bringing in upgraded rail will be a benefit to the mill property’s long-term redevelopment plans providing greater value to the remaining buildings,” says Niagara Mayor, George Bousley.  “Rail will be rebuilt from Kimberly Road to the mill site.”

“The Niagara facility offers some exceptional opportunities in Northeast Wisconsin for manufacturing and warehousing/distribution,” according to Tom Scheuerman, CPA, and managing broker of Grubb & Ellis|Pfefferle in Appleton, WI.  “From our vantage point, the repositioning and reuse of a former manufacturing facility like in Niagara offers great advantages for both companies looking for affordable space with excellent attributes and local communities with outstanding ready work forces.  In order to attract new business into an area, we have seen that facilities like Niagara are critical to that process because they are on-line and ready for occupancy.  This facility offers some exceptional manufacturing space, low-cost power, waste water treatment, expansion capability, rail service and hundreds of acres of land that can be very attractive to new businesses.”

Spirtas continues to show his commitment to the local area by setting up his corporate headquarters known as NIAGARA Worldwide at the Mill.  He will be using the former Clubhouse building as his main offices.  Extensive renovations are underway in that structure right now for occupancy in the next few weeks.  NIAGARA Worldwide specializes in services ranging from; Acquisitions, Consulting, Contracting, Development, Mining, Liquidation, and Trading.  Niagara Worldwide is NIAGARA Development’s first tenant setting up its operation in the notable Clubhouse building.

“The NewPage Niagara Mill redevelopment team named the Upper Menominee River Area Alliance (UMRAA), including New North, Inc., continues to focus on repurposing the mill site,” said Jerry Murphy, Executive Director of New North, Inc., the economic development organization of the 18-county region of Northeast Wisconsin, known as the New North region.   “The Redevelopment team looks forward to continuing to work with NIAGARA Worldwide to market the existing mill site for future use.”

“The current ownership of Niagara is optimizing the site and removing old buildings that are functionally obsolete and a deterrent to future use and development.  This will enhance the site and allow for expansion capability around the structures that are usable for manufacturing and warehousing.  This approach of preparing sites and redevelopment of the facilities offers the greatest opportunity to attract new business.  We have seen this formula work successfully in other communities,” says Scheuerman.


For more information about; NIAGARA Development or NIAGARA Worldwide, contact Eric J Spirtas – 314.780.3742 or by email at or through the company web site –



The first Club House was built in the year 1907 with the formal opening early in 1908.  The original building included a soda fountain, a small ice cream parlor, poolroom, shower and locker rooms, bowling alleys, and the gymnasium, which served alternately as gymnasium and theater.  A second floor housed the library, a dining room and kitchen, and rooms rented by the Masonic Lodge.  The Club House was rebuilt in 1926, with only the gymnasium of the original building remaining.  The bowling alleys were moved to the west side of the building, the ice cream parlor was enlarged as was the soda fountain, and the large lobby was constructed and furnished.  In addition, the second floor at that time had a modern kitchen, dining room: a Women’s Club Room, and lodge Rooms.

The Papermill Workers’Unionmaintains an office there.  The Skating Club used the Club facilities for planning their Annual Ice Review.  The second floor housed the Village Offices, and there was a Village Board Room.  The Post Office was located in the northeast corner of the first floor, and the Girls Scouts maintain a room on the second floor for their meetings.  The Niagara Community Club remained a truly “community” affair, for few activities of theNiagaravillage came into being without the Club playing some part.

1512 Washington – Manitowoc Wisconsin 54220 – NIAGARA Worldwide will work with EJ Spirtas Manitowoc LLC and Manitowoc Development Patners LLC to Re-New this City Block

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What do we do with this “Historic City Block”?

First Thought… Redevelop…?

Second Thought… Wreck…?

Anyone?  Anyone?

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Historic Mirro Building
Developed By: EJ Spirtas Manitowoc, LLC
5 Building Complex
7 Story High Rise – 500,000 Sq Ft
6 Story High Rise – 400,000 Sq Ft
3 Story – 250,000 Sq Ft
5 Story Connector – 150,000 Sq Ft
3 Story Connector – 125,000 Sq Ft
6 Acre Property

Historic Downtown Development Opportunity

Take your business to 1512 Washington Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Building Description

The historic Mirro plant has more than 1,000,000 square feet of space on a 7.49 acre redevelopment site that is located on the edge of Historic Downtown Manitowoc.

Within walking distance of downtown amenities such as the Capitol Civic Centre, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Rahr West Art Museum, Manitowoc Riverwalk, Manitowoc Marina, Manitowoc Yacht Club, Mariners Trail, Lake Michigan, Library, Farmers Market, SS Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry and dozens of shops and restaurants, this is a development opportunity that is immediately available.

Building Information  Utilities
Address: 1512 Washington Manitowoc, WI
Electricity supplier:  MPU
Total sq ft available:  1,408,520
Gas supplier:  WPS
Number of stories: 7
Municipal water:  Yes
Ceiling heights: 8’5″ to 12’7″ 
Water source:  Lake Michigan 
Site size (ac):  7.49
Peak capacity at water plant:  11 mgd 
Topography: Flat
Peak capacity at sewerage plant:  15.5 mgd 
Setting: Downtown    
Zoning: Industrial Telecommunications  
Former Use:  Mirro Fiber
Optics:  Yes
Digital switching:  Yes
Transportation Nearest major highway:  US Hwy 151/10 Incentives  
Distance to nearest highway: Adjacent Development Zone Tax Credits   
Number of lanes: 2 Industrial Revenue Bonds  
Nearest interstate:  I-43 Revolving Loan Fund   
Distance to nearest interstate:  4 miles  TIF  
Number of lanes:  4 Technology Zone Tax Credits   
Nearest commercial airport:  Austin Straubel
Distance to nearest airport:  40 miles     
Rail service:  No    
Nearest port facility:  1 mile

Leasing Rate:  Negotiable
Lease Type:  Negotiable
Sale Price:  Negotiable
Building Contact 
Name: Eric J. Spirtas 
Phone: (314) 432-7733
Community Contact 
Name: Dave Less 
Title: City Planner 
Organization: City of Manitowoc 
Address: 900 Quay St 
City: Manitowoc 
State: WI
ZIP: 54220
Phone: (920) 686-6930
Fax: (920) 686-6939

Bearings Liquidation a COMPLETE Success! NIAGARA Worldwide shows how assets can be converted to Dollars!

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Adding Value to Still-Valuable Assets
NIAGARA Worldwide agrees with the Investment Recovery Association in its assessment that “Investment Recovery (often referred to by practitioners as “IR”) is the practice of recovering the highest value of assets no longer needed by a company. The IR process begins by identifying idle assets within the organization then reusing or disposing of the surplus; recouping substantial value in the process”.
Think of it this way: Every large organization purchases assets-from office buildings and manufacturing facilities to the equipment and machinery required for operation. Over time, those assets wear out or are no longer needed where they were originally put into service. That’s where investment recovery adds exceptional value.
Closing 3 On-Line Liquidations today
Proves again that NIAGARA Worldwide  is a leading Asset Recovery specialist
In fact, professionally-run IR Departments return over a 30X bottom-line net profit for every dollar invested in investment recovery operations, making it among the most productive departments in any organization!
As experts in surplus asset management, IR professionals employ a unique process to find and identify surplus assets no longer being fully utilized by their organization, then go through distinct steps designed to recoup the highest-possible value from those assets. IR practitioners save their companies-primarily Fortune 1,000 businesses-hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Contact me anytime for a free estimate, consultation or simply to review the prospect of selling your entire asset bank as a bonified liquidation – redevelopment.
Eric J. Spirtas – 314.780.3742 –

Motor Liquidation – Amazing Prices – Closing Friday June 24th, 2011

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In our effort to redevelop and recycle, NIAGARA Worldwide LLC, buys, liquidates and repurposes former industrial facilities globally. 

Contact us today for more information – Eric. J. Spritas – 314.780.3742


Announcing another Quality Timed Auction from



Former New Page Papermill
Naigara, Wisconsin

Street Address:
1101 Mill Street
Niagara, WI 54151

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Electric motor inventory: (Samples below)

MARATHON 2 HP, 1800RPM, 145T Frame, 460 Volts

BALDOR 3 HP, 1200RPM, 215C Frame, 480 Volts

GE 60 HP, 1800RPM, 364TS Frame, 230/460 Volts

RELIANCE 500 HP, 1200RPM, 5810S Frame, 4160 Volts

GENERAL ELECTRIC 30 HP, 1200RPM, 405P Frame, 480 Volts

GENERAL ELECTRIC 100 HP, 1800RPM, 444VP20 Frame, 480 Volts

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Liquidation for top line: Bearings, Pneumatics and Hydraulics

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Announcing another Quality Timed Auction from



Former New Page Papermill
Naigara, Wisconsin

Street Address:
1101 Mill Street
Niagara, WI 54151

See in Google Maps


Bearings, Pneumatics and Hydraulics: (Samples below)




VALMET HYD CYLINDER MODEL 2300S3/80 100-50-100-7 MVP-45

(1) SKF 2232 CCK/W33, (1) SKF SNW 32X 5 7/16, (2) SKE 31311 J2/Q, (1) SKF SAF 532, (1) SKF SDAF 532, (1) FAFNIR 9114PP, (2) FAFNIR 9105PP, (2) MRC 211MFF 0009, (2) FAG G208 2RSR.C3, (1) FAG 23030 EAS 573184, (1) SKF HF322 SNW22X4, (1) SKF 513110, (1) SKF EXPLORER 60102RSJEM, (1) SKF 63006 2RSI, (2) SKF GEG 32 ES, (1) SKF 60ES-2RS, (1) SKF 22212 E/C3, (1) SKF NV2213ECP, (1) SKF 32216 J2, (1) SKF 32216 J2/Q, (2) SKF 2208E-2RS1TN9, (2) SKF NUTR 50110

(2) LINK BELT CB22423HFQC, STEEL MASTER SC- 27CXS 1 11/16″, (2) SEAL MASTER 3-215 2 15/16″ 700091, (4) REXROTH MNRR067805000, (5) TIMKEN 332872006-03-44, TIMKEN 332872006-02-44, TIMKEN 332872005-10-44, TIMKEN 332872005-12- 44, (3) TIMKEN 332872007-11-22, (2) TIMKEN 33462D-2006-01-22, TIMKEN 33462D-2006-02-22, TIMKEN 33462D-2006-03-22, (2) UNK-113043, MRC 5319H502, (2) NTN UCF205 100-D1, (2) NTN UCP210 115 D1-8, NTN CM-UCP211 203 D1, (2) FAG 29412E,SKF NU319ECJ, LINK BELT 532448-0, SKF 5YR3, LINK BELT LBPCB 22443H, LINK BELT CB22443H, (2) SKF 22319 CC/C3W33, (2) DODGE P2 130TRE-3 7/16″, DODGE P2 BD 1307R 3 7/16″

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NewPage finalizes sale in Niagara – Gannett Wisconsin Media

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Closed paper mill, assets purchased

By Nathan Phelps • Gannett Wisconsin Media • February 15, 2011

The property and assets of the former NewPage paper mill in Niagara have been sold to Niagara Development LLC.

Niagara Development plans to market the property to industrial users that can take advantage of the building and the timber shed, according to New North, an 18-county regional economic development organization based in De Pere.

Market development for the site has been focused toward alternative energy, namely those based on woody biomass, according to the release.

“We’re communicating with many and inviting all,” Eric J. Spirtas, president of Niagara Development, said Monday. “A lot of times when people see a plant sitting idle, they think it’s only going to do what it did. … We’re going to be available to any and all.”

New North and the Marinette County Association for Business and Industry have conducted a feasibility study on biofuel production at the site — including cellulosic ethanol production.

“The Niagara, Wis., site has all the components for a state-of-the-art advanced biofuels facility,” Jan Hacker, who conducted the study, said in a press release. “The site has access to significant supplies of raw material, a supplier network already in place, physical infrastructure in the form of large buildings, log yards, air and water treatment systems and both road and rail access.”

Niagara Development purchased 1,500 acres in the deal that closed Friday.

“This isn’t a last-minute purchase … this has been months of analysis and transitional planning,” Spirtas said.

The NewPage Niagara facility permanently closed in July 2008 due to “a significant decrease in demand for coated paper,” according to NewPage, which also closed a mill in Kimberly.

The mill produced about 250,000 tons of lightweight-coated groundwood papers used in magazines and catalogs.

Nathan Phelps writes for the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

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