JUST IN: Developer announced for Lake Erie Business Park

PORT CLINTON Dillin Corp. of Perrysburg on Wednesday announced its plans to develop the
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 PORT CLINTON

 Dillin Corp. of Perrysburg on Wednesday announced its plans to develop the Lake Erie Business Park property. The property will be marketed by Dillin Properties. 

The Lake Erie Business Park, a 436-acre site located on Ohio 2 in Port Clinton, has made a significant commitment to manufacturing and commercial property growth in Ottawa County through several alternative energy initiatives.

“We’re interested in unique properties that stand out in the marketplace,” says Larry Dillin, who is also the master developer of Levis Commons in Perrysburg. “The current owners, Jim McKinney and Dave Fahrbach, have made a commitment to renewable energy. Dillin would like to help them reposition the property from a marketing standpoint and help continue in the creation of Ohio’s first industrial park fueled in significant measure by renewable energy.”

In August 2008, a 60-panel 13.4-kilowatt solar electric panel was installed to partially feed Northern Manufacturing, a tenant at the park. The power will also soon fuel Crown Battery.

In addition to Northern Manufacturing and the Crown Battery Renewable Energy Center, Lake Erie Business Park is home to Silgan Plastics, a plastic bottle manufacturer that is one of Ottawa County’s largest employers, Fenner Dunlop, which just completed a $48 million expansion; ARES; the U.S Coast Guard; Park Press, CCS&D; Gill Construction; and Dublin Commercial Property Services. Wal-Mart and Whirlpool have utilized the development for short-term warehousing.

“We’re very pleased to have Dillin Corp. on our side,” owner Jim McKinney said in a statement. “We like the vision of Dillin Corp., the leadership of Larry Dillin and we think we’ve created a development with many competitive advantages right here in northwest Ohio. Now we’re ready to develop it and take it to the next level. “That’s where Dillin comes in.”

Owner Dave Fahrbach said Ohio is behind in its renewable energy initiatives, but he believes they can continue to bring jobs to the area.

“We’re on the right track and we plan to keep moving in the right direction,” he said.