After a more than year-long search involving dozens of potential sites, Messer is moving forward with a plan to build its new corporate headquarters in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood.
“This is a double down into the city,” President and CEO Tom Keckeis told the Cincinnati Business Courier. “It’s more centrally located, it has great access, visibility and it’s the size we need for what we want to do.”
Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the sale of the site, which is nestled between Cutter St., Court St., Mound St. and I-75 along the northern edge of downtown.
“This area is redeveloping,” Keckeis said.” We just did the streetcar. We’re working on Music Hall and Cincinnati Shakespeare. We want to be a part of it.”
Construction of the 50,000-square-foot facility is expected to start later this year, with completion slated for late 2017. The building will accommodate the 116 employees who currently work at the corporate office, along with another 40 the company plans to hire over the next three years.
BHDP Architecture will design the building, and Messer has committed to a 30 percent spend with certified minority- and women-owned contractors during the construction process.
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EXCLUSIVE: Here’s how Messer decided to move its headquarters to the West End (via Cincinnati Business Courier)