Polymera company occupies former Diebold plant in Hebron Ohio
By KENT MALLETT, Advocate Reporter,Newark Advocate
02/05/2011–HEBRON OH– A factory left vacant two years ago will spring back to life in the second quarter of 2011 when a new company begins production in the Newark Industrial Park.
Polymera Inc., a manufacturer of formulated compounds and finished custom profiles for the wood and natural fiber polymer composites industry, acquired a 160,000-square-foot facility at 511 Milliken Drive, where Diebold Inc., operated until closing in 2009.
Herb Hutchison, of Pataskala, vice president and general manager, said 15 to 20 employees will be hired to begin production, with employment possibly reaching 60 in three years.
The company brought in 37 semi truck loads of equipment in December, and the installation process should allow for full production to begin in the spring.
“From a personal standpoint, it feels good to be doing business in the United States and bring jobs here instead of outsourcing,” Hutchison said.
Hutchison and Maan Said, company president and Hutchison’s partner in forming Polymera, chose the Hebron site from many considered across several states.
“We looked at a variety of different things, and we did a pretty extensive search of facilities in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky,” Hutchison said. “We needed a specific size ceiling height, a big power requirement and a work force.”
The facility will be the site of Polymera’s manufacturing and corporate headquarters.
Anyone interested in applying for a job at the new company should contact the Licking County Department of Job and Family Services, Hutchison said.
“We’ve had some people stop in, seeing cars outside the building,” Hutchison said.
Jeff Brandt, of Buckeye Lake, appointed the company’s vice president of manufacturing and technology, is considered one of North America’s leading plastics technology experts, according to a press release from the company.
Brandt, former vice president of technical research and development at Crane Plastics, has developed 12 patents in the field and will roll out three new product offerings for the new company.
Polymera’s customer base of injection molders, plastic extrusion companies and compression molding companies are generally in the Midwest.
Hutchison said 70 percent of plastic processors in North America are within a 600-mile radius of Hebron.
“Our objective is to help extrusion, injection and compression molding companies that would like to enter the WPC market but do not yet have the volume to justify very large investments,” Hutchison said.
Diebold employed more than 600 in the mid-1990s and about 100 when it closed and moved the Hebron operation to Lexington, N.C.
The Diebold plant made commercial chests, or big vaults, and safety deposit boxes. A nearby O’Neill Drive plant made under-counter units for bank tellers.
About Polymera Inc.
Polymera manufactures formulated compounds and finished custom profiles for the Wood and Natural Fiber Polymer Composites (WPC) industry. Formed in 2010, the company’s manufacturing and corporate headquarters are located in Hebron, Ohio. The company’s strong financial base, central location, and solid industry partnerships will allow the company to emerge with capacity to be one of the largest suppliers of WPC materials in the industry. For more information, visit Polymera’s new web site at www.polymera.com or contact Vice President/General Manager Herb Hutchison at firstname.lastname@example.org (740.527.2069 ext. 140).
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