Growth is allowing Seco Machine to move north and open a 120,000-square-foot facility in Green.

GREEN  Seco Machine is set to return to the city of Green with plans for building an office and production center on a cornfield at Greensburg and Mayfair roads.

The new facility means Seco will leave a 75,000-square-foot space it has been leasing at 7376 Whipple Ave. NW in Jackson Township.

It's a bittersweet transaction for DeHoff Development Co., which owns the building Seco is leasing and the property where Seco will build. While it's rough to see a tenant leave, it's good to see a local manufacturer growing and remaining in the area, said Dan DeHoff, president of DeHoff Development.

North Canton-based DeHoff will be selling the property in Green to a different developer. DeHoff has owned the 20-acre tract since 1962 and opened it for farming six years ago. "That was good interim use of the land until it was ready for development," Dan DeHoff said.

Seco's new building, which has cleared approvals of Green's planning and zoning commission, will use 11.6 acres of the property. The building will have 11,000 square feet for office area, 92,200 square feet for manufacturing and 16,800 square feet for warehouse space.

The company hopes to break ground this year, but no date has been set for work to begin, said Anne Kocher, a Seco representative. The move allows the company to expand and Seco's workforce could grow to 80 employees.

Tom Seccombe, general manager at Seco Machine, explained in a news release that the company's customers have been doing well as the economy improves. Meanwhile Seco has identified opportunities to grow, he said. “A new facility will help us capitalize on these opportunities, and we are very excited about building it in northeastern Ohio.”

Seco Machine opened in 1985 when Richard Seccombe started machining and assembling rail car bearing units for Timken Co. In 1995, the company moved to a building in Green and stayed there until 2010 when it moved to the Jackson Township site.

Since 2010, the company has grown because of increased demand for rail car parts and the addition of cast urethane and molded urethane parts. Seco also merged with A. Stucki Co., a Pittsburgh-based business that makes and supplies components and provides services to the railroad industry. Stucki provides freight and locomotive component repair and reconditioning services and CNC turning and milling services, and makes hot-wound coiled springs, high-quality iron castings and custom-molded urethane products.

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