ITW/Hobart to demolish Main Street building
By Melanie Yingst
TROY — The landscape of downtown Troy will be changing dramatically in the early months of 2014.
The former manufacturing building at the corner of Main and Elm streets will be demolished in 2014, according to Josh Stiever, ITW/Hobart business unit manager of the Stick Electrodes and Solid Wire Division.
Stiever said the building is no longer structurally sound and will be completely leveled early next year.
Stiever estimates the demolition will take approximately six to nine months. He said the company is working with the city of Troy and the Troy Development Council throughout the process so the physical site will be worthy of redevelopment for the city’s future. The company is currently interviewing demolition companies for the process, he said.
“We’re working closely with the Troy Development Council and the city of Troy to minimize impact on the city,” Stiever said.
Stiever also said historical items such as clocks, and other historical significant memorabilia will be saved from the building.
Stiever said the company has no plans to rebuild on the site and will work with city officials to ensure transition of the site will be “beneficial to the city.”
“Ultimately, we will continue to be a proud part of the Troy community,” Stiever said, noting that all solid wire and welding operations were moved to the Trade Road East facility this summer.
According to its website, Hobart Brothers was family-owned and operated until its acquisition by Illinois Tool Works in 1996. ITW is a multinational manufacturer of a diversified range of value-adding and short-lead-time industrial products and equipment, and is also the parent company of Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Bernard, Tregaskiss and Jetline.
In May 2013, the company consolidated all of its brands under a single Hobart brand in order to simplify its filler metal offering and provide a full product line to distributors and end users.
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