Construction crews work on the renovation at 4937 Mills Industrial Parkway in North Ridgeville, which will hold the company’s office staff for all of Northeast Ohio.
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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Rudolph Libbe Group opened its new offices in North Ridgeville on Friday, moving employees from Independence to the new Northeast Ohio hub at 4937 and 4940 Mills Industrial Parkway.
The Toledo-based full-service contractor chose North Ridgeville for its central location, and the company also received a 10-year tax abatement from the city, said Dave Boyer, facility general manager.
“We actually have this property on this side of the street is two separate buildings … total we have three buildings, 60,000 square feet and 7 acres,” he said. “We were looking for something, we’ve been growing rapidly in the last few years and we were looking for something that would accommodate future growth.”
Rudolph Libbe Group provides everything from HVAC, electrical and energy services and property scouting — and used a lot of its in-house expertise on the new construction off Mills Industrial Parkway. The group has been active in the area for more than 10 years, and the new construction will move 25 office employees and about 150 in the field to North Ridgeville, with plans to expand its workforce to 36 over the next two to three years.
“We’re going to move about 25 people over, but our phase one capacity is 36,” he said. “So we’ve got several new hires planned — we think phase one will support us for two to three years, so we’ve planned to hire the balance within that two to three year time-frame.”
The main facility at 4937 Mills Industrial Parkway was renovated as part of phase one and is open now, with a ribbon-cutting slated for 10:30 a.m. May 17. It will hold the office staff. The second phase, which will include the fabrication shop at 4940 Mills Industrial Parkway, is set to open in spring 2019.
Boyer said they looked at several different cities, but chose North Ridgeville for its access to Interstate 480, Interstate 90 and the Ohio Turnpike, and the business-friendly attitude Mayor David Gillock and the city have.
“We currently have a lease in Independence, so all of our office staff is in Independence,” he said. “And we’ve got a fabrication shop in Oberlin, so we wanted to get all our operations for Northeast Ohio under one roof. This was a central location for that. We really liked, for this location, the easy access for the highways. We get on 90, 480 or 80 pretty quickly.”
For the phase one property, a lot of the renovations were done in-house, with the design provided by Cleveland-based firm AoDK, Boyer said. The existing warehouse was retrofitted to accommodate the office’s needs, while allowing for natural light, and showcase products used in Rudolph Libbe Group’s construction projects for firms including BASF, Arcelor Mittal, Lubrizol and Ford, Boyer said.
“Some of the things we focused on with them was getting a lot of natural light, working in a lot of different collaboration areas where teams can go and work on projects together, we wanted to highlight a lot of different building materials that we use in different projects — so we’ve got exposed structural steel, exposed ductwork, we’ve kept some of the old masonry walls exposed, and actually the old warehouse concrete floor slab we’re keeping exposed in a lot of areas.”
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