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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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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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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.”

Caspian Forum – Ciragan Palace, Istanbul Turkey – Where the Leaders Met

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After a 24 hours of travel I arrived in Istanbul Turkey.  I was pleased to find quick transportation to one of the premier locations in the region, the “Ciragan Palace, Kempinski to attend the Caspian Forum 2013.  A quick shower, dawned a suit and down to meet my sponsors that invited me.  David Zarebinski and Ziya Gaziyev of DZG Group “Berlin”.  Mr. Zarebinski and Mr. Gaziyev were shaking hands and walking me right into the center of much commerce, discussion and opportunity.

I was fortunate to be present and honored to meet many ministers, politicians, parliament members, advocates and business representatives in this unique European / Asian Region of the World.  We are seeking business opportunities in Turkey, Azerbaijan, and in the surrounding region.

The Caspian Forum is a platform that explores the economic, political, and strategic potential of the Caspian Region, while defining areas of collaboration and partnership with the spirit of the win-win principle. The Forum brings influential voices of the academic, business and policy world together to lay foundations for a prosperous, secure and democratic region. It enhances opportunities for positive neighborly relations, facilitates mechanisms for regional integration and encourages constructive international involvement. It aims to create a space for multilateral cooperation and to avoid geopolitical rivalry. The Forum is a unique setting to promote a shared vision on the issues of security, economy and energy of the Broader Caspian Region. The Forum designs its agenda with a priority of developing a comprehensive approach in addressing outstanding problems of the region.

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Buying Equipment in Europe – a New NIAGARA Passion!

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From microwaves, to extruders to power plants; NIAGARA has found an interesting new niche. European equipment disposition.  If you have any need for support, partnership or an opportunity that requires investment in Europe, just let me know.

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60 million tons of Basalt Reserves at the Niagara Development have been confirmed

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60 million tons of Basalt Reserves at the Niagara Development have been confirmed to be the more desirable pillow Basalt with the ability to produce large slabs. These findings were confirmed by Paula Leier-Engelhardt, P.G., C.P.G., principal geologist for HydroGeo Solutions. The more commonly quarried columnar Basalt will not produce the large slabs necessary for large scale dimensional stone production.

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NIAGARA DEVELOPMENT COMMITS TO A 2012 FACE LIFT

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

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NIAGARA DEVELOPMENT COMMITS TO A 2012 FACE LIFT 

 

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.

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For more information about; NIAGARA Development or NIAGARA Worldwide, contact Eric J Spirtas – 314.780.3742 or by email at eric.spirtas@niagaraworldwide.com or through the company web site – www.niagaraworldwide.com.

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ADDITIONAL “CLUB HOUSE” HISTORY AND INFORMATION:

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.