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From the 5/14/07 Wooster Daily Record:

 

 

Planners approve Orrville project

Developers will seek federal funds for Orchard Glen

By BOBBY WARREN

Staff Writer

 

WOOSTER -- Thirty-two working class families with a desire to purchase their own homes in Orrville might have their dreams realized if a development company can secure federal funding.

 

David Cooper and Ian Maute of Woda Development cleared one hurdle for the company's Orchard Glen project on Hostetler Road when the Wayne County Planning Commission gave its clearance for the subdivision Wednesday. Woda representatives tried to get the plan off the ground last year but were not successful.

 

In June, the developers will apply for federal funding and tax credits totaling $11.9 million to finance the project. They should have an answer by August. If the financing is secured, the homes will be offered to families who make between 25-60 percent of the area median gross income. The rents are expected to be between $435-$710...

 

http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/article/1996892

 

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From the 6/5/07 Massillon Independent:

 

 

Land rezoning approved for Northwood homes

By MATTHEW RINK

Matthew.Rink@IndeOnline.com

 

A housing development unique to Massillon jumped one hurdle Monday, as City Council approved rezoning land in the city’s downtown for its construction.

 

Rick Hall and Sharon Hodgson of Northwood Development want to build a dozen two- and three-story townhouse homes on a 0.76-acre tract bound by Federal and North avenues to the north and south and by Third and Fourth streets Northeast to the east and west.

 

The homes will be built in the brownstone-style architecture popularized in cities like Boston...

 

http://www.indeonline.com/index.php?ID=17150&r=2&Category=3

 

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From the 6/12/07 Canton Repository:

 

 

Developer receives zone change despite opposition

By FELLICIA SMITH

REPOSITORY STAFF WRITER

 

JACKSON TWP. When Township Trustee Bill Burger voted to adopt the Zoning Commission's recommendation to rezone land on the northeast corner of Portage Street and Lutz Avenue NW, his vote outweighed the rejection by the other two trustees.

 

Essentially Burger's vote changed the zoning for the 28 acres of land from rural residential to R-3, which will allow Akron based developer David Hart to build 51 single-family homes on smaller lots.

 

"The way the township has developed, I see there is a need for this," Burger said...

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?Category=9&ID=359461&r=13&subCategoryID=

 

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From the 7/3/07 Alliance Review:

 

New college housing nearly ready for students

By STEPHANIE UJHELYI

The Review

 

"If you build it, they will come."

 

Although this is an overused quote from the motion picture "Field of Dreams," this was the mentality behind Mount Union College's new $8 million housing complexes.

 

Blaine Lewis, director of the physical plant, said it was a "leap of faith," but it appears to be one that has paid off. The units in both new housing projects, which are set to open in August at separate sites on Union Avenue and Hartshorn Street, already have been reserved.

 

While traditional residence hall housing provides two-person bedrooms in a complex sharing a common bathroom on each floor, these new housing accommodations are earmarked for juniors and seniors and provide more independent living...

 

http://www.the-review.com/news/article/2211232

 

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From the 7/4/07 Canton Repository:

 

 

Home sales in Stark buck trend

 

Pending sales of existing homes in Stark County haven’t followed the drooping national trend.

 

The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that pending sales dropped to their lowest level in almost six years, demonstrating the persistence of the housing slump.

 

The 3.5 percent decline in May, compared with the previous month, follows a drop of 3.4 percent in April and a 4.5 percent dip in March. It leaves the National Association of Realtors’ index at its lowest point since September 2001...

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=363182

 

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Attorneys partner to restore building

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

By ED BALINT

REPOSITORY STAFF WRITER 

 

CANTON Eugene Cazantzes admits he has dueling emotions about renovating the building at Fifth Street NE and Market Avenue N.

 

Cazantzes, a member of F.L.I.P. (Four Lawyers in Partnership), feels as if he's jumping off a cliff. But he's also excited.

 

The partnership includes Rick Pitinii, Anthony Koukoutas and Holly Davies, all Canton attorneys with offices downtown. The group is taking its first stab at a downtown project.

 

Each member of the group is an equal partner, he said. It's not a one-person project, he emphasized.

 

"I think the instant we saw it, it was love at first sight," Cazantzes said, smiling. "We just had to see how much it cost - love can be expensive.

 

more at: http://www.cantonrep.com/

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Developer: Hoover deal almost wrapped up

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

By G. PATRICK KELLEY

REPOSITORY BUSINESS EDITOR

and Edd Pritchard

REPOSITORY STAFF WRITER

 

NORTH CANTON California developer Stuart Lichter said his company is close to finalizing a deal to purchase the Hoover property downtown.

Post edited 9-4-09 to comply with terms of use

http://cantonrep.com/index.php?ID=389889&r=0&Category=9&subCategoryID=0

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New convention center planned for Canton

 

Vic Gideon  3/20/2008 11:35:20 AM

 

CANTON -- Canton Mayor William Healy has announced plans for a convention center with retail, residential, and office space just south of downtown.

The $178 million project will sit on the site of the former Hercules Engine Plant, which spans 26 acres.

 

Healy expects the project to create hundreds of new jobs and give the area a shot in the arm.

 

"This is an opportunity for us to have some new life, new growth in the community. It's not just the project but what it represents, a turnaround."

 

The Ohio Department of Development/Ohio Historical Preservation Tax Credit has provided significant funding for the project.

 

Hercules closed almost 10 years ago and there are currently other tenants in the space.

 

The city says it will help those tenants relocate in the city.

 

The project could open by 2010.

 

more at:  http://www.cantonrep.com

 

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Federal center project in Canton slated to start in spring

Developer chosen for downtown federal center

The Repository, October 30, 2008

 

CANTON A developer has been selected for the federal center project in downtown Canton, and work is scheduled to begin in the spring.

 

Fedcar Co. has been chosen by the U.S. General Services Administration. A 45,000-square-foot federal complex will be constructed on a 4.5-acre site at McKinley Avenue and Third Street SW, according to a news release from the general services administration. Occupants will include offices of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Trustee Program, Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration..

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Some Canton developments today.  Ground breaking for the new federal building finally happened after a few delays.

 

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http://www.cantonrep.com/archive/x1049853482/Regula-praised-as-officials-break-ground-for-new-federal-building

By Edd Pritchard

CantonRep.com staff writer

Posted Dec 11, 2008 @ 11:20 AM

Last update Dec 12, 2008 @ 12:50 AM

 

CANTON — They kept trying to give him credit for downtown’s newest project, but U.S. Rep. Ralph Regula insisted that he had a lot of help.

 

“This is a product of teamwork,” Regula told the crowd gathered for the official groundbreaking of the city’s new federal building.

 

The U.S. General Services Administration — the federal government’s real-estate manager — will lease the building, which will go up at the corner of McKinley Avenue and Third Street SW.

 

The new facility will cost about $14 million and replace the 76-year-old Frank T. Bow Federal Building a block east of the site. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court and clerk’s office, U.S. Trustee program, U.S. Marshal’s service, Social Security Administration and Internal Revenue Service will occupy parts of the 45,000-square-foot complex.

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This is where the new Canton Federal building is going to be built.  It is in the Southwest corner of downtown and will replace 3 ugly surface lots and 1 over-grown field, so anything is an improvement.

 

There was a very very sad looking victorian style home on one of the lots.  The city sold it to a private citizen for $1.00.  The home was moved 3 blocks East and 1 block south, then it was beautifully restored.

 

The area bounded by the pink square is the new Federal building location.

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I hope so, this past summer didn't bring the amount of visible construction that I was hoping for..  There are a few other projects either in planning stages or in construction.  Some noteworthy ones:

 

- Old Cadillac garage - converted to photography studio/gallery below with private residence above.

 

- Wilson Pointe Senior center - large development nearly complete, occupies former vacant lots.

 

- Joseph's Bar - exterior returned to original style, apartments above

 

- Hotel Onesto - Luxury Condos

 

- Former Canton YMCA - Will be renovated as apartments

 

- Former boardwalk nightclub - Restoration of exterior, Preservation Society thrift store.

 

- A few new restaurants/bars, some smaller apartments in the works.

 

 

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From the Canton Rep:

Despite delays, Onesto project still on track for fall completion

Onesto restoration project in Canton

By Ed Balint

 

CANTON — The stunning crystal chandelier. That’s what folks first noticed when walking into the Hotel Onesto back in its heyday.

 

“It was beautiful,” said Estella Brown, 72, referring to the opulence of the entire lobby. “Just when you walked in there you thought you were in another place. That lobby was something else.”

 

During the 1950s, she operated the elevator at the Onesto. Besides the chandelier, paintings adorned the lobby area. Columns, arched windows, ornate plaster work and ceilings created by Italian craftsmen added other flourishes.

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/communities/canton/x743976807/Despite-delays-Onesto-project-still-on-track-for-fall-completion

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Former Louisville middle school to be razed

By Malcolm Hall, CantonRep, May 12, 2009

 

LOUISVILLE — A prominent downtown structure last known as this city’s middle school will disappear in a matter of months, concluding an 87-year presence.

 

A casualty of time and computer-age education, the three-level structure has become a growing maintenance burden to the Louisville Board of Education, which has authorized demolition.

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Does anyone here know what is going on with the Hotel Onesto project in Canton?  There have not been any visible signs of progress this summer, at least not that I have noticed.  The sign advertising the apartments has been taken down too.

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Does anyone here know what is going on with the Hotel Onesto project in Canton?  There have not been any visible signs of progress this summer, at least not that I have noticed.  The sign advertising the apartments has been taken down too.

 

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Does anyone here know what is going on with the Hotel Onesto project in Canton? There have not been any visible signs of progress this summer, at least not that I have noticed. The sign advertising the apartments has been taken down too.

 

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As of July 1 it seems to still be on.  Steve Coon is restoring it. I believe he owns Coon Caulking, a major historical restoration contractor (they did / are completing the Terminal Tower).

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/homepage/x135736198/Bar-where-McKinley-tried-case-sold-at-auction

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It looks like the Hercules factory project is getting a shot in the arm.  Construction is set to start again this summer.

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/business/x562885989/Hercules-site-to-get-fed-financing-boost

 

By Kelli Young

CantonRep.com staff writer

Posted Jan 27, 2010 @ 10:43 PM

CANTON —

Construction at the Hercules Engine Co. site will be restarted. A local hospital will build a new medical center in Jackson Township.

 

And a proposed equestrian show arena at the Stark County Fairgrounds will come closer to its fundraising goal.

 

Each of the projects got a financial boost Wednesday as county commissioners agreed to finance them with nearly $28 million worth of economic-stimulus bonds issued through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 

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Unfortunately, I just learned today that about a month ago, my favorite restaurant in Canton--Blue Olive--closed its doors.  I went there about a week ago and found it closed, but didn't know that it had closed for good. :-(

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Unfortunately, I just learned today that about a month ago, my favorite restaurant in Canton--Blue Olive--closed its doors. I went there about a week ago and found it closed, but didn't know that it had closed for good. :-(

 

I had not heard that.  Had been meaning to get there too.  Also, Fideli's closed.  They might be owned by the same person.

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Unfortunately, I just learned today that about a month ago, my favorite restaurant in Canton--Blue Olive--closed its doors.  I went there about a week ago and found it closed, but didn't know that it had closed for good. :-(

 

 

I was under the impression that the owner of Fedeli's was going to reopen... with a less expensive menu and possibly a new name.  Blue Olive didn't just close, they were thrown out for not paying their rent.

 

Little Chicago is long gone and the new Brownstone steak house is in it's place.  I will be interested to see how they do... I wonder how many people buy the Kobe beef?

I had not heard that.  Had been meaning to get there too.  Also, Fideli's closed.  They might be owned by the same person.

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Canton shrine set for major expansion

 

Hall of fame expecting $23.6 million addition to be finished in 2013

 

By Kathy Antoniotti

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame will announce on Friday the largest expansion and renovation in the hall of fame's history.

 

The ''Future 50 Project'' includes plans for a $23.6 million expansion, expected to be completed in 2013. The planned opening will coincide with the hall's 50th anniversary.

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/111581424.html

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South of Canton is the small city of Dover.  There's talk of abandoning their old high school...located downtown on Fifth St, and built in 1915 with a 1938 addition.

 

The State's current policy is very anti-urban and anti-rehab.  Ohio is offering Dover $9 million if they build new high school...and right now t on a property on the nothern outskirts of town which is currently farmland.

 

BUT....Why can't they offer the same money to rehab the existing, centrally-located structure??  The school creates life on the streets down there.

 

http://www.timesreporter.com/communities/x128432705/More-plans-revealed-for-Dover-High-project

 

 

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South of Canton is the small city of Dover.  There's talk of abandoning their old high school...located downtown on Fifth St, and built in 1915 with a 1938 addition.

 

The State's current policy is very anti-urban and anti-rehab.  Ohio is offering Dover $9 million if they build new high school...and right now t on a property on the nothern outskirts of town which is currently farmland.

 

BUT....Why can't they offer the same money to rehab the existing, centrally-located structure??  The school creates life on the streets down there.

 

http://www.timesreporter.com/communities/x128432705/More-plans-revealed-for-Dover-High-project

 

 

 

Usually renovating buildings that old can be more costly than building new. Also, the OSFC seems to be very heavily handed when it comes to building new as opposed to preservation. Take a look at what happened in Akron.

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Cross-posted from the Marcellus/Utica thread. A lot of this is being driven by the Marcellus/Utica shale gas and oil exploitation......

 

 

Timken Co. ponders $225 million investment in Canton's Faircrest Steel Plant

8:14 am, August 25, 2011

 

Timken Co. (NYSE: TKR) said it is considering an investment of $225 million at its Faircrest Steel Plant in Canton that would increase capacity and expand the product range of Timken alloy steel bars.

 

The maker of bearings and steel said a ladle refiner and a new large-bloom continuous caster would be central to the investment, targeted to begin production in 2014.

 

Timken said a team charged with developing a plan for moving the project forward is beginning discussions with suppliers and government officials. In addition, company representatives plan to engage the United Steelworkers on the labor agreement that covers the plant.

 

 

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http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20110825/FREE/110829917

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Tilted Kilt in Canton is having its Grand Opening this week.  I'm told it is in a former Chi-Chis in Belden Village.  Its a fairly nice looking facility but I wasn't really looking at that for their invite-only opening.  There is another location in Ohio at Polaris.  To me the theme is if Hooters and an upscale Irish bar merged. 

 

Was at Zar's grand opening on Friday.  I really can't see how that is going to work unless more couches are brought downstairs, the lighting not made so bright, and the view from outside not so easy to see how few people are inside.  When it is open at 7-8pm it is like a fishbowl of emptiness. Bright white sodium lights gleaming off the glossy gray floor is easily seen from the outside.  The VIP area is upstairs and that is darker and a lot more inviting.  But that makes it worse if the only people that are there are upstairs, then who will want to come in to a massive empty space with electronic music being blasted at you.    The concept could work better in the summertime with being able to be outside and the massive bar windows open and sit at the bar ala Vegiteranean had.  Maybe I'm wrong and the Barley House crowd will feel this is a second home for them through the winter.. 

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Church plans world headquarters in Wadsworth

 

By Colette M. Jenkins

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

WADSWORTH: The Restored Church of God is working on plans for a six-building complex to house its world headquarters on Ambassador Drive, west of the Giant Eagle store.

 

Representatives from the church presented formal plans for the project at the city of Wadsworth’s Planning Commission meeting Monday. The commission granted some variances, approved the division of the parcel into two lots and suggested some minor revisions. It did not grant approval of the project, pending review the church’s traffic impact study.

 

http://www.ohio.com/news/church-plans-world-headquarters-in-wadsworth-1.256837

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Timken contract is vital to Stark County’s economic future

Repository Editorial

Posted Feb 15, 2012 @ 01:35 PM

 

The Stark Development Board, and all the companies that invest in our organization, are hopeful that a new labor agreement between The Timken Co. and the members of Local 1123 Golden Lodge of the Steel Workers will be ratified when the members of the union vote on a new contract Feb. 21.

 

At stake is the potential loss of a $225 million investment by The Timken Company to upgrade its Faircrest Steel Plant in Perry Township. This investment would expand the company’s product range and strengthen the competitiveness of Timken alloy steel, particularly in the heavy equipment and energy sectors.

 

In our view, Stark County residents and businesses alike should take note that since 2006, The Timken Co. has invested more than $200 million in its steel operations in Stark County, not including its proposed $225 million for the Faircrest Steel Plant. In February 2011, the company announced a $35 million investment in a high-volume in-line forge press at the Faircrest rolling mill. That announcement followed $50 million in capital improvements the company made at its Harrison and Gambrinus steel plants in 2010.

 

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http://www.cantonrep.com/opinion/letters/x1341781211/Timken-contract-is-vital-to-Stark-County-s-economic-future

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Stark State may get $10 million for downtown Canton project

By Lisa Reicosky

CantonRep.com staff writer

Posted Feb 16, 2012 @ 06:01 PM

Last update Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:26 PM

 

The area’s shale oil and gas industry boom is creating educational opportunities.

 

Jackson Township-based Stark State College is slated to receive $10 million in state funds to create a downtown campus and energy center in Canton. It would serve the education and training needs of the emerging oil and gas industry and serve students and companies in Stark and surrounding counties.

 

The award is expected to be part of the state’s $400 million biennial capital budget for higher education that will be submitted to the Ohio legislature for final approval.

 

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http://www.cantonrep.com/news/x1353875947/Stark-State-gets-10-million-for-downtown-Canton-project

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Thanks for splitting Canton from Akron.

 

I posted this a while back and figured I would update:

 

FINISHED! - Old Cadillac garage - converted to photography studio/gallery below with private residence above.

 

FINISHED! - Wilson Pointe Senior center - large development nearly complete, occupies former vacant lots.

 

FINISHED! Although now it is "Thatsa Wrap" - Joseph's Bar - exterior returned to original style, apartments above

 

Visible progress as of 2-19-12, all upper floor windows have been removed and are now plywood - Hotel Onesto - Luxury Condos

 

Nothing happening, I doubt this has legs - Former Canton YMCA - Will be renovated as apartments

 

Still making slow progess.  The thrift store is still operating. -  Former boardwalk nightclub - Restoration of exterior, Preservation Society thrift store.

 

- A few new restaurants/bars, some smaller apartments in the works.

 

 

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Canton Timken workers overwhelmingly adopt new contract; $225 million expansion on the way

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 9:45 PM    Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 7:25 AM

  By Robert Schoenberger, The Plain Dealer

 

CANTON, Ohio -- Timken workers overwhelmingly approved a contract Tuesday with the industrial equipment maker, clearing the way for a $225 million expansion of a steel plant.

 

After rejecting a similar deal last month, United Steelworkers Local 1123 approved the new contract, 1,520-260. The new contract runs through 2017.

 

"It's better than the last one," said Leroy Sword, a newly hired worker.

 

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http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/02/canton_timken_workers_overwhel.html

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Cross-posted from the Marcellus-Utica thread......

 

Baker Huges to hire 700 people in Massillon, invest $64 million to serve shale gas industry

Published: Monday, February 27, 2012, 10:00 PM

  By Robert Schoenberger, The Plain Dealer

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Baker Hughes, one of the nation's leading oilfield services companies, plans to build a 700-job regional headquarters in Massillon.

 

The Massillon office would serve as the company's base for providing services to shale gas exploration companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

 

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority on Monday approved a 65 percent tax credit for the $64 million project. The state also approved several other Northeast Ohio business expansions at its regular monthly meeting. Calls to Baker were not immediately returned late Monday, but the company has been hinting at plans to build in this area for some time.

 

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http://www.cleveland.com/shalegas/index.ssf/2012/02/baker_huges_to_hire_700_people.html

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Good news above, bad news below.... This is going to hurt downtown Canton, which is already becoming little more than a few historic buildings surrounded by seas of surface parking. Most of you will probably puke if you see the new building's rendering at the link below. Why do so many Ohioans hate their cities so much when so many other cities around the nation and world are urbanizing?

 

Timken to expand office by Akron-Canton airport; move workers from downtown Canton

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 11:13 AM    Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 12:02 PM

  By Robert Schoenberger, The Plain Dealer

 

CLEVLEAND, Ohio -- The Timken Co. plans to build a new $42 million office complex adjacent to its existing research and development facilities near the Akron-Canton Regional Airport.

 

When completed toward the end of next year, Timken will move 500 workers from a building in leases in downtown Canton to the new office complex, doubling the number of workers it will have at the airport-area complex.

 

The Canton-based industrial equipment and steel supplier said moving some of its sales, marketing and customer service employees to the new facility should allow for more collaboration with engineers and researchers.

 

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http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/02/timken_to_expand_office_by_akr.html

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I don't understand why these manufacturing corporations accept these facility designs that area poor replicas of poor 70's design. Look at this rendering, what Goodyear is building, First Energy's new office, etc... They all look like they were designed by a builder (no offense to the 5% of builders that understand good design).

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