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Cincinnati Paper Products Company moving to West Chester

February 12, 2016  |  Paper Products Company
Paper Products Company

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A more than 80-year-old Cincinnati company is relocating to Butler County.

“We’re going to start moving some machinery this weekend,” said Dennis Smith, the owner and president of Paper Products Company, which will be moving to 9112 Le Saint Drive in West Chester Twp. over the next six months.

The company purchased the 80,000-square-foot facility — a former La-Z-Boy distribution center — and the 5.3-acre site on which it sits for $2.6 million in September, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office.

The company makes folding paperboard packaging for the food, baking industries, Smith said.

Paper Products Company is a multi-generation business started in 1932 by Dennis Smith’s father, Omer “Oakie” Smith, in the basement of his parents’ home. Dennis Smith’s son, Denny Smith, is the third generation of the family to be involved in the business.

The company has been on Queen City Avenue since 1947 and is relocating because the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati acquired its building there for a Lick Run greenway project, Dennis Smith said.

“We’re merging all three of our operations into the same property,” he said, referring to not only the Queen City site, but also facilities in Camp Washington and Queensgate.

The West Chester Twp. facility was built in 1988 with a major addition in 2003, Smith said, is slightly larger than what the company’s Cincinnati headquarters and “seemed to suit our needs.”

“We think we’ll be better able to serve everybody (there),” he said.

The company will occupy 47,800 square feet of the 80,000-square-foot building with room to expand later.

Paper Products Company is converting the unoccupied space from warehouse use to manufacturing, a move that typically means higher paying jobs in the community, according to Barb Wilson, the township’s spokeswoman.

“The Paper Products Company reached out to West Chester and we’ve been working closely with them since early 2014,” Wilson said.

The company has about 50 current employees and expects to grow, Wilson said.

Smith said all employees would be moving to the Le Saint Drive site. Hiring additional employees is “a possibility,” Smith said.