Batavia, OH – Former Ford Motor Company Transmission Plant

Challenge
In 2008, Ford Motor Company closed its transmission plant in Batavia, Ohio, vacating their 1.8 million-square-foot campus. This closure resulted in the loss of over 1,700 jobs, delivering an economic blow to the community and the region.

Solution
After ICP acquired the campus, they immediately began a $12.5 million revitalization of the facility. ICP’s significant experience with adaptive reuse of other large manufacturing and former automotive facilities, in conjunction with a successful marketing campaign, resulted in the quick reletting of over one million square feet. The University of Cincinnati leased the former corporate office space for a satellite program. Huhtamaki, a supplier of high-end paper and plastic food containers, initially leased 940,000 square feet of warehouse space and with their upcoming expansion will occupy almost 1.2 million square feet.

ICP filled the remaining space with the following tenants:
• Huhtamaki is expanding into an additional 250,000 SF starting in 2018
• GE Aviation leased 180,000 SF
• Engineered Mobile Solutions leased 80,000 SF
• Dedienne Aerospace leased 46,000 SF

Outcome
The once-vacant automotive plant is now a vibrant center for education and industry. The University of Cincinnati is using its new space in the redeveloped Ford plant as a branch campus for its health sciences curriculum. This location hosts over 800 students. Huhtamaki has invested over $60,000,000 into the site, bringing over 300 new jobs to the community.

Key Facts

Total Building Size: 1,800,000
Total Leased: 1,500,000
Warehouse Available: 552,000
Jobs Created: 1,100
Number of Tenants: 4
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