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$33M project ahead of schedule, plans to move operations here

November 1, 2016

With construction ahead of schedule, a $33 million distribution, manufacturing and development hub will be done near the airport before the end of the year.

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Work on the $33 million, 570,000-square-foot hub that is being built off Concorde Drive will be completed before the end of the year and the company is now preparing to move several operations from elsewhere in the country to the new hub which will have 350 people working there, said Ken Burns, vice president supply chain, Spectrum Brands Global Auto Care for the company.

The building is slated to be finished Dec. 29, Burns said, and move-in will start Jan. 3. Some equipment will move in during December as the facility is finishing its build out, such as storage and filling tanks for the company's Big Chill and AC Pro product lines, Burns said. Spectrum is working our final details with the county's building inspector and fire marshal.

"It's just going great quite honestly," Burns said."We had always hoped to see things done sooner and the contractor has been able to keep up."

Good weather has helped the building's development team, led by Kansas City-based NorthPoint Development and including StudioNorth Architecture as designer, Pepper Construction as manager and a host of local businesses as subcontractors.

"We had given the contractor an aggressive schedule," Burns said. "We had some decent weather when they needed it, and they worked weekends to put the walls up. Yeah, they've done an amazing job."

The company has also decided it will consolidate operations from two other sites; it is closing a plant in Painesville Ohio that makes auto care products including STP and Armor All, while another site in the Southwest United States produces AC Pro and R-134A.

Staff in Painesville were informed of the move in mid-October, Burns said. Last day of production in Painesville is Jan. 23 before operations there begin moving to Dayton. Everything will be up and running by the end of March from that business.

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