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      Ground broken for new Overland Industrial Park at former Jeep site

      S everal Lucas County officials gathered at the former Jeep site Friday to break ground on a new building at Overland Industrial Park.

      Construction on the new 100,000-square foot building will begin this summer and is expected to be complete around the end of year. The building is designed to be a Class 'A' distribution park that will house warehouse/distribution or light manufacturing/assembly operations and include truck docks and modern column spacing.

      "We're very excited to start vertical construction at Overland Industrial Park," said Paul Toth, President and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. "This class 'A' building will be designed to meet the demands that we are seeing in the market today, and we're hopeful that we will have a new tenant at Overland upon completion of this project. The Port is dedicated to bringing new life to this historic and important piece of land in northwest Ohio."

      Also beginning this summer at the industrial park is construction on a new Airgas, Inc. facility. The company is the largest distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases.

      "The City of Toledo is proud to partner with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority on the Overland Industrial Park," said Mayor D. Michael Collins. "The Port has made great strides since they acquired the property in 2010. The construction of the spec building is just one more step to increased employment and economic opportunities for our region."

      Upon completion, the park will feature improved access from I-75, on which nearly 125,000 motorists pass each day, according to the Port Authority.