Firms show interest in 3M plant

February 02, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There are six potential buyers of an Eastman Kodak Co. plant in Middleway, W.Va., and a county official continued to inquire Thursday about the possibility of the county acquiring part of the property.

The plant off Grace Street has its own water and sewage treatment facilities, and county officials have said they might be able to use the permits for those systems to extend much-needed sewer and water service to residents in the Middleway area.

In addition to the sewer and water treatment plants, the property that covers more than 270 acres includes Lake Louise, which provides water to the plant; 325,000 square feet of space under roof; and a natural gas line.

The county probably would not be interested in acquiring the entire site, but parts of the property might be a good location for a school or parks and recreation programs, Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss said Thursday.


A group of Jefferson County officials toured the property in November and said they might be interested in buying parts of the site.

John Skoglin, vice president of C.B. Richard Ellis, a worldwide real estate firm that is marketing the plant, updated the commission Thursday on the sale of the property.

Skoglin said six potential buyers are interested in the plant, and they represent a diverse group of businesses from California, St. Louis, Rochester, N.Y., North Carolina and Frederick, Md.

"They would definitely bring vitality to that area," Skoglin said.

Although the six interested parties want to purchase the entire site, Skoglin said he thinks they would be willing to work with the county on different uses of the property.

The plant was a longtime producer of printing plates, and once was owned by 3M.

The plant employed more than 250 people at times, and was owned by companies named Spectratech and Creo Inc.

Eastman Kodak Co. acquired the facility from Creo Inc., then decided to put it on the market, county officials have said.

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