Posted: 2:06 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Former food packaging plant sold for $3.8M

New owner expects to add jobs; Prime Ohio industrial park fully occupied.


Former food packaging plant sold for $3.8M photo
Todd and Teri Woodruff, owners of Woodruff Cold Storage, stand in front of the M&M Restaurant Supply building that they purchased with plans to expand their business. The building is in Prime Ohio Corporate Park. Staff photo by Bill Lackey

By Everdeen Mason


The area’s largest industrial park is fully occupied again after a local businessman purchased the former M&M Restaurant Supply building for $3.8 million.

Todd Woodruff of Woodruff Enterprises purchased the 17.29-acre former food packaging distribution plant in Prime Ohio Corporate Park from McDonald’s distributor Martin-Bower LLC in December.

Woodruff Enterprises is a temperature-controlled trucking company that works with the food industry. Woodruff has 50 trucks and employs 63 people in the area, but the owner expects to hire more people now.

“It would definitely be an expansion, but we have to see how fast it grows, and it will definitely require new employees,” Woodruff said. “We do a lot of business in (Prime Ohio) anyways, so it’s convenient and helps us provide more services for current clients.”

Prime Ohio, located off Interstate 70 at Ohio 41, has a large food industry base. Dole Fresh Vegetables, Gordon Food Service and Bob Evans Restaurants and Distribution Center are all in the industrial park and among the top 25 largest employers in Clark County, according to records from the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber worked with Woodruff throughout the process of buying the building, said Horton Hobbs, chamber vice president of economic development.

“Now the park is 100 percent occupied again. (Woodruff’s) business fits a nice niche for that park, and he’s got a good customer base there being a local company and having cold storage ability,” Hobbs said.

“We intend to store temperature-controlled products for distribution,” Woodruff said.

Woodruff started his business 12 years ago and also owns Woodruff Event Center at 4815 Urbana Rd.

The former M&M Restaurant Supply facility at 4851 Gateway Blvd. served Keystone Foods, which had major local operations until 2011. Keystone Foods moved the majority of its distribution to its Fairfield plant that year and laid off or transferred nearly 200 workers from the Springfield plant when it closed in April 2012.

In May, Martin-Brower LLC purchased the building for $3.7 million with the intention of trying to re-sell it.

Now that the park is full again, local officials will focus on developing Prime Ohio II, a new and neighboring industrial park, hoping to capitalize on the characteristics that made the first park successful.

Prime Ohio I “underscores the importance of being located in that area, and that park is going to serve a great need for folks to expand or locate and want to be immediately adjacent to interstate,” Hobbs said.

The proximity to major highways gives manufacturers located there logistical advantages to distribution operations, he said.

“That’s is the advantage for Prime Ohio I and is and will be an advantage for Prime Ohio II,” Hobbs said.


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