Washington Products Inc., a vacuum former, has entered into a contract to buy a 192,000-square-foot site, said part owner Richard Reichel in an Aug. 12 telephone interview.
Reichel said the company hopes to move all of its staff and equipment in by December. The owners still have 60 days to back out of the contract if they find the facility unsatisfactory.
``We have to be out of our present facility [also in Massillon] by Feb. 1. Our 10-year lease runs out by then.''
Washington's current site is 23,000 square feet. In the new plant, the company would occupy 30,000 square feet. The rest would be rented out to tenants.
Reichel said that the firm had also considered other locations including one in nearby Canton, Ohio, but chose to stay in Massillon out of hometown loyalty.
``Well, two of the five owners are lifelong residences of Massillon, so we wanted to stay here if possible.''
The cost of the site will not be made public until the purchase is confirmed.
Jacque Jones, the founder of Washington, sold it in 1996 to John Boring, Richard Gessner, John Levengood, Christopher Weil and Reichel.
In addition to vacuum forming, the firm also manufactures point-of-purchase displays for stores out of plastic, wood and metal.