Another day of good economic news for the Akron area. Barberton has received a $300,000 state grant to help clean up the old Seiberling Industrial property to allow a new company, Buckeye Polymers to move in.
Barberton mayor Bill Judge tells AkronNewsNow "We're still in discussion with Buckeye Polymers. They want to occupy approximately 300,000 square feet. So we're still in discussions with them, and trying to reach a timetable of when the facility will be available to them."
Buckeye Polymers, which makes plastic pellets, could create 80 to 100 new jobs, paying $10 to $15 an hour.
Mayor Judge says other tenants are also interested in the 30 acre site, once the city can complete environmental clean-up of the building and property, including asbestos removal.
"We're bringing in some developers, and having discussions with various potential tenants, and trying to get a time line and a move-in date for the tenants based on the clean-up effort," says the Mayor.
Judge says additional testing and clean-up of the property continues, and more money will be needed to complete the clean-up process.