Hamilton company to break ground on $6M plant expansion

Hamilton Caster will break ground at 1637 Dixie Highway next week on a major $6 million-dollar plant expansion adjacent to its existing manufacturing facility. CONTRIBUTED
Hamilton Caster will break ground at 1637 Dixie Highway next week on a major $6 million-dollar plant expansion adjacent to its existing manufacturing facility. CONTRIBUTED

A company with more than a century’s worth of history in Hamilton is ready to launch an expansion effort aimed at giving it more manufacturing and office space.

Hamilton Caster will break ground at 1637 Dixie Highway next week on a major $6 million plant expansion adjacent to its existing manufacturing facility.

This news outlet first reported last April that the company would embark on the expansion project on the adjacent former site of the demolished Hamilton Inn, which police and neighbors said had generated numerous complaints in the years before its closure.

Hamilton Caster purchased the Hamilton Inn site in 2018 and demolished the motel last year.

Hamilton Caster was founded in Hamilton in 1907. The company has been family-owned and operated for four generations. It produces industrial casters, wheels and carts for the aerospace/defense, automotive and heavy manufacturing industries.

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The new 65,000-square-foot facility will offer manufacturing space as well as office space and extend Hamilton Caster’s lot to 6.2 total acres, expanding under-roof square footage from 102,000 to 162,000 square feet.

The facility is expected to be completed in October. Hamilton Caster added employees throughout 2019 to meet production needs in advance of the new space.

“In our current setup, we often need to run products from one place to another as they move through the manufacturing process,” said Dave Lippert, President and member of the fourth generation of family ownership. “The acquisition of the former Hamilton Inn is going to allow us to expand operations while at the same time creating a more streamlined process.”

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The new building will become Hamilton Caster’s new corporate offices. The new facility will house fiber lasers, robotic welders, CNC-Machines and a powder paint system.

Cincinnati-based KZF Design is the building architect, and Cincinnati-based Oswald Company is under contract to construct the new building.

Hamilton officials have said the repurposing of the land promotes continued urban renewal of the city’s east side.

“For many generations, this family-owned company has called Hamilton home,” said Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller. “We’re grateful for their investment and continued prosperity in our city.”

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