Manufacturer breaks ground on $14-million, 250-employee plant

BATAVIA, OH — The Clermont County Port Authority is proud to announce that Hamilton Safe Company broke ground on a $14-million manufacturing plant on Round Bottom Road in Union Township on Dec. 17. The 180,000-square-foot plant will make security products as well as pneumatic tube and audio/video systems.

Clermont County Commissioner David Painter presented Hamilton Safe with a proclamation from the Commissioners welcoming the new headquarters for the company and the estimated 250 people that the plant will employ, with an annual payroll of $12.5 million.

“This project is a true testament of private business working with local township government officials and county government to bring about economic development, resulting in living wage jobs for 250 of our residents,” Painter said.  “We welcome Hamilton Safe and thank them for bringing these manufacturing jobs to Clermont County. As I’ve said often, government doesn’t create jobs, it creates an environment for businesses to create jobs. This is a perfect example of that happening in our county.”

The Clermont County Port Authority provided a tax exemption on the sales tax on construction materials. The Port Authority and Community Improvement Corporation will work together to help finance infrastructure improvements to the area. This financing will be repaid through tax increment financing (TIF) funds once the new buildings are constructed.

The improvements made by this project opens up more acreage near Round Bottom Road for future industrial development.

Hamilton operates three different facilities throughout the Cincinnati metro area. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gunnebo Group, based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Cincinnati Commercial Contractors developed the project. Costs include $11.9 million for construction, $957,900 for land acquisition, and $1.8 million for soft costs, developer fees and contingency.