As published in Toledo Business Journal - June 1, 2017

Site of the new Harmon Industrial Park in Rossford

Site of the new Harmon Industrial Park in Rossford

$75M business park advancing in Rossford

Developer NAI Harmon Group is moving forward on construction of a large industrial park, Harmon Business Park, as a result of an agreement put in place for its first tenant. The industrial park was announced a year ago in June 2016 when the plans to purchase an 87-acre site from the Carpenters Union (Ohio Carpenters Pension Fund) in Rossford were released.

“We are proud to be a part of building Rossford. The collaboration with the City of Rossford allowed us to create this opportunity for companies,” stated Ed Harmon, president of NAI Harmon Group.

The project is a commercial effort on the part of NAI Harmon Group with the support of the City of Rossford, Wood County Economic Development Commission (WCEDC), and the Wood County Port Authority.

The industrial park is located in close proximity to Bass Pro in the Crossroads area of Rossford. Stephanie Kuhlman, senior real estate development, sales, and leasing agent for NAI Harmon Group stated, “The Harmon Business Park is northwest Ohio’s newest Class A warehouse and distribution park, offering companies the ability to lease or own facilities constructed to their specifications. We anticipate having room for 6 to 10 companies by completion. The site is logistically perfectly located at the intersection of I-75, I-80/90, and 795 allowing travel in all directions.”

At the time of the announcement last summer, NAI Harmon Group shared that it is looking to attract up to 10 end users, totaling hundreds of new jobs for the area. Harmon explained that the entire investment in the new development is projected to cost over $75 million upon completion, and will likely involve construction of over 750,000 square feet.

The first tenant will be Denver Wholesale Florist (DWF). The company has signed an agreement to lease a 20,000 square foot facility. With plans to move to the new facility in the fall, groundbreaking has been scheduled for the end of May and construction is planned to be complete in October.

The architect for the project is Mark Shambarger at Coger/Shambarger Architects, Inc. in Toledo. The general contractor is Logan Creek Construction located in Oregon, Ohio; a business owned by developer Ed Harmon.

In 1998, DWF acquired Toledo Florist Exchange from Chris and Mike Hensien, which has been located in a warehouse on North Erie Street in downtown Toledo. The warehouse, built in 1890, is a multi-story structure with 30,000 square feet of space. DWF’s customers are primarily retail florist in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

The new facility will eliminate the multi-floor warehouse situation and provide an efficient, modern structure to support the business. “For a number of years, DWF has been looking for a location that better serves the company’s basic needs. We have been operating out of a three-story warehouse in downtown Toledo, which was not conducive to the distribution needs of a wholesale florist that provides cut flowers and floral supplies,” stated Mike Hensien, area representative for DWF. ”It will make us much more efficient. It should offer a much improved environment for our customers to actually come into our facility to pick their product. It should enable us to more efficiently receive product in and load product to deliver. Those are the main benefits that we feel we should see right away. Improved service and more efficient service will also occur.”

Rossford Mayor Neil A. MacKinnon, III discussed the development efforts involving Harmon Industrial Park and the benefits of its Rossford location. “It’s the beginning of a renaissance. Rossford is blessed with great geography, with I-75 and I-80 interchanged right in our geographical center. It’s an area that’s had great interest for a very long time, but for whatever reason it’s taken a while to kick-start. We are very, very fortunate to have one of the first-class industrial developers in the country, the NAI Harmon Group, which is in 18 different states, nationally, and with them comes expertise, success, and their Fortune 500 clients. The entire country now has Rossford on their radar screen for development.

“It’s great for the entire region. I don’t know if people know that the City of Toledo is actually our partner in the Crossroads because of the deal we struck with them to run their water lines through the Crossroads, which made it possible for development. And it’s the best kind of development: it’s jobs, and it’s opportunities. It’s growth that not only provides jobs and opportunities, but also is not a strain on our City services or safety services.”

NAI Harmon Group

The company offers commercial real estate services including marketing, warehousing, logistics, construction, property management, and more. NAI Harmon Group was founded in March of 2016, when the former Industrial Developers Limited affiliated with the NAI Global real estate network.

Collectively, NAI Harmon Group has over 120 years of commercial real estate experience. The managing partners currently own and operate over 8 million square feet of real estate holdings, valued at over $250 million, and the agents have completed over $300 million in real estate transactions for clients.


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