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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, 

Prepared by:
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

295 Motors SOLD! NIAGARA Worldwide pegs another great sale!

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Written June 24th, 2011 – NIAGARA Wisconsin

From the NIAGARA Development project site in Niagara Wisconsin, Eric J. Spirtas and Burdette Wilber negotiate, prepare and hold another e-auction that has clearly satisfied the seller and the buyers.

The key to designing a successful auction (“Live or On-Line”) requires the knowledge of an experienced auctioneer.  Lot sizes, location, blend of goods, length of sessions…  These decisions are not guesses, but more so proactive strategic determinations that come from years industry exposure.  

A smart customer and a smart liquidator make for a smart auction…  The process is not magic.  There are many ways to fail, but in most cases there are a few ideal paths to success.

A customer must always beware of the (“guarantee”).  There is no such thing, unless the auctioneer is putting up cash to buy the lot at a base number, or truly bonding the results.  Most times the “hustling” liquidator is trying to play on the perceived dollar signs in the eyes of his customer.  

As NIAGARA Worldwide closes another sale, it is important to reflect on the points that aid in running a successful auction.

10 Points on How to Run A Successful Auction!

  1. Because your auction is of a specific nature it is imperative to select an auctioneer that is ideally suited to this type of Auction. For example, a Fine Art Auctioneer is not always the person to select when conducting a charity auction which may include sporting memorabilia and assorted items that have been donated.
    The success of your auction often depends on the ability of the auctioneer and his knowledge of the type of goods being submitted to auction. The hype and spontaneous activity that comes with these types of auctions requires certain qualities such as a quick wit, an ability to “get on with it” and sell for extended periods at a fast pace. Alternatively, more refined auctions such as Fine Art calls for an auctioneer that displays a good level of patience and decorum. Selection of the most suitable auctioneer is sometimes understated and many auctions fail to reach the desired results and standards because of poor selection.
  2. Much credence should be given to the selection of the Auction venue when organising your auction. The venue should reflect the quality and type of auction being held in order to achieve your maximum result. When conducting an auction it is often difficult to judge the projected size of the crowd and therefore the crowd catering in relation to seating and general hospitality is dependant on these factors. It is very important that potential purchasers have the necessary access to auction items in order to ascertain their value and suitability to their needs. Special emphasis should be placed on the venue because too much room or too little room at the wrong venue will be counterproductive to the success of the auction.
  3. Sufficient advertising and promotion of your auction is absolutely critical to it’s success. Select the best possible advertising mediums to expose your specific auction and attempt to reach the target market by way of these mediums. Very careful consideration needs to be given to the target market when deciding on the most suitable advertising campaign. Depending on the type of auction, the time and value of the campaign can vary quite substantially but it is important not to under expose the auction if you wish to maximise the financial result. Having a strong, qualified crowd of buyers goes a long way towards success.
  4. Ensuring that sufficient, trained staff are engaged to assist in all facets of the auction process is very important. The presence of relevant staff members in areas of registration, presentation of items, acceptance and delivery of auction items etc is a critical component of a successful auction.
  5. When conducting an auction of any type it is imperative that the auction items are presented to the public in the best possible condition. In an ever-increasing competitive world, pristine presentation will strongly enhance a seller’s chances of achieving a good price for their auction items. Attention to detail in presentation is sure to be rewarding.
  6. An important part of the auction process is to provide a number of payment options to satisfy the needs of the buying public. These days acceptable methods of payment at the most auctions are cash, personal cheque, bank cheque and various forms of credit card options. Auction items will normally remain on site until full payment is received unless alternative arrangements are made prior to auction. It is important for the auctioneer to make everyone aware of auction payment conditions prior to commencement of the auction.
  7. To continue the smooth operation of the auction process it is important that buyers are able to take delivery of their auction purchases with a minimum of fuss. Trained staff will assist with efficient delivery of items once payment has been made. Safe delivery is an important part of the process.
  8. Re-enforce the absolute necessity to receive full payment for auction items prior to collection by buyers. Failure to enforce the payment policy can be a financial disaster. History tells us that a soft approach in this area of the auction process often leads to moral and financial disappointment.
  9. When formalizing an agreement with an auctioneer it is important to discuss the financial settlement arrangements once the auction is completed. Once again, depending on the type of auction being conducted, the auctioneer (or his agency) will collect the auction proceeds and, in turn, disperse the proceeds to the relevant recipients. Normal deductions prior to release of funds to the seller will include Agents Commission and Advertising.
  10. The information obtained from Buyer Registration forms will provide invaluable contact details for future auctions. The growing of your database of potential purchasers can lead to the ongoing support and success of your auctions for many years to come.

    (“10 Points on how to run a successful auction are a reprinted from find an”)

Call today if you are looking for guidance and support at your facility.  Let us earn you a maximum payout!

Eric J. Spirtas – 314.780.3742 –

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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Naigara, WI

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Burdette Wilber at: 314-616-8422 /
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Former NewPage Paper mill in Niagara Sold – Fox 11 Reports

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Reprint of Cameron Clark Report – With Video

Updated: Monday, 14 Feb 2011, 6:17 PM CST
Published : Monday, 14 Feb 2011, 6:17 PM CST

 Check out the link CLICK HERE and Related Video on FOX 11 – February 14th

– The former NewPage paper mill in Niagara has been sold. The buyer says he plans to redevelopment the property and hopes to bring jobs back to the area.

While bridge construction on Hwy. 141 sends most traffic around Niagara now, a certain amount of business has detoured the city for much longer.

“We’ve slowed down quite a bit,” said Tina Marcouiller with Marcouiller’s Food Center. “The town is hurting from not having a big mill like we have in the past”

“We’ve slowed down quite a bit,” said Tina Marcouiller with Marcouiller’s Food Center. “The town is hurting from not having a big mill like we have in the past”

For the past two-and-a-half years, the former NewPage mill has sat silently. It shut down in July, 2008 because of a lack of demand for its coated paper, taking about 300 jobs from the surrounding area.

Last Friday, the city got the long-awaited news that a sale had been finalized.

“It was a relief,” said Niagara Mayor George Bousley. “But now I say the work begins.”

The head developer of Niagara Development LLC, Eric Spirtas says he has worked with several groups, including state and local governments, to study how the facility could be reused, outside of the paper industry. While he says talks and planning continue, the development will likely use one of the area’s most abundant resources.

“There’s a fantastic woody mass area that can produce tons and tons of biomass and that bio material can be used to produce energy,” said Spirtas, who is based out of the St. Louis Area.

Spirtas says his group is in contact with several companies interested in facility.

“So we can bring what we all want which is job opportunities, job creation,” he said. “And not just small-scale jobs — long-term jobs, careers.”

Those involved in the project say they plan to keep moving forward, it could still be a lengthy process.

“I would say within a year we should have a fair amount of activity there,” said Bousley. “To have it where we’d be developing to where we want it, I’d say a three to five year swing.”

Neither NewPage nor Spirtas have released the purchase price.

The city of Niagara currently owns about 50 acres of the more 1,300-acre property which is used for tire production and is expected to continue with the planned development.