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West Chester company expanding with new building

April 14, 2014  |  BGR

Cincinnati Business Courier

BGR Inc., a West Chester packaging distributor, purchased a 110,000-square-foot building right next door to accommodate the company’s rapid growth.

BGR purchased the building at 6386 Gano Road from an affiliate of the Malhotra Group for just under $3 million. The deal closed at the beginning of April.

BGR, which started in 1972 as a home business in Al Backscheider’s garage, has grown from that small operation in Finneytown to a more than $50 million a year business with 125 employees. It currently operates out of a 200,000-square-foot building a few hundred feet away at 6392 Gano Road, which it will keep.

“We’re growing rapidly and had a desperate need for warehouse space,” said Kelly Backscheider, marketing manager for BGR. “We’re bursting at the seams.”

The new building has been home to Malhotra Group’s kitchen gadget firmM.E. Heuck Co., since 2010. Malhotra Group sold the building because M.E. Heuck is being sold to another company and relocated.

Kelly Backscheider declined to give specific revenue but said BGR is a more than $50 million a year business. And the company has been growing. Last year, it recorded annual sales growth of 14 percent. It also added 25 employees.

The growth was fueled by a new warehouse in Indianapolis and its fast-growing printing and label subsidiary, Triangle Label. A large chunk of the new building will be used by Triangle Label. The company stocks more than 6,000 packaging supply items, including everything from adhesives and air bubbles to foam cushions and shrink film. BGR also specializes in lowering material handling costs, product protection, minimizing environment impact, regulations compliance, ergonomics and safety.

Backscheider said BGR’s list of customers includes some of the largest companies in Greater Cincinnati. They range from manufacturers to technology companies.

Chuck Ackerman, senior vice president with Colliers International, represented the seller in the deal.

Backscheider doesn’t expect to move into the neighboring building until this fall. In addition to the new warehouse, BGR now has a new e-commerce option on its website.

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