Yesterday’s manufacturing facility gives way to the 21st Century

Huhtamaki’s new 942,000 SF converting facility and distribution center in Batavia, Ohio is a welcome addition to the industrial site that once housed the Ford Motor Co. along Rt. 32 near Cincinnati, Ohio.

The renovation of the former Ford automotive plant is a win-win for the area and for Huhtamaki North America—a leading manufacturer of consumer goods packaging for the food-service industry and retail markets worldwide. It will initially produce paper drink cups and distribute products made throughout the Huhtamaki manufacturing network.

Huhtamaki determined that renovating the Ford plant was more cost effective than new construction. "The facility fits the company’s long term operational and geographic requirements," says Denny Whitehead, Vice President of Construction. "We assisted with various design options and related budgets to allow Huhtamaki to make critical management decisions while keeping the project on schedule and within budget. Our consultative design-build approach provided peace of mind for our client while they focused on their day-to-day business operation."

Huhtamaki's new facility
Extensive interior renovations at Huhtamaki's new facility
Extensive interior renovations are designed to meet Huhtamaki’s long-term manufacturing and operational requirements.

The project

Huhtamaki considered building a new facility, but when they saw the Ford plant, they realized this existing property already contained many of the features they required in new construction—clear heights, wide-column spacing, rail, and very heavy power. Since the location was an ideal fit for the company’s North American distribution plans, re-using the existing building was the perfect solution for their long term operational requirements.

The entire north façade of the existing building was deconstructed to make way for the new loading dock area consisting of 45 new dock doors. Interior train wells were created for better loading access. A new 25,000 SF office area was created and necessary upgrades and modifications were made to the building to ensure that it met the code requirements for a food-grade manufacturing facility.


Miller-Valentine Construction’s safety history was an important factor in meeting Huhtamaki’s safety requirements. Bill Burke, Safety Director, developed the safety standards and made sure they were enforced. “In my opinion, maintaining a safe job site was the biggest challenge for this project—given the kind of work we were doing,” says Dustin Bailey, Miller-Valentine Construction’s Senior Project Manager. “In order to meet the project timeline, interior and exterior renovations were precisely coordinated which included a roof tear off and re-roof. At the same time, as many as 250 people completed tasks within the facility such as heavy selective interior demolition, flooring, walls, mechanical and electrical installations, etc. Our safety crew was on site at all times during this operation ensuring all safety procedures were followed, as well as monitoring the air quality and respiratory protection for everyone on site.

Huhtamaki rated Miller-Valentine favorably for our safety approach on three levels: method, safety management, and health. The company is an OSHA/VPP company itself, as is Miller-Valentine Construction, so it was a good match. We worked together to achieve Huhtamaki’s “green energy” goals—building a sustainable facility—and staying within their budget. Together, we made it happen.

Huhtamaki expects that this new facility, located 25 miles from Cincinnati, will result in the creation of 237 jobs.

Attractive. Affordable. Comfortable Living.

Dayton, Ohio: Grand Opening of Roosevelt Homes

Roosevelt Homes
Roosevelt Homes

Miller-Valentine Group and St. Mary Development Corporation, in conjunction with their partner organizations, recently completed Roosevelt Homes—a brand new, pet-friendly community of 43, one- and two-story single family homes. Roosevelt Homes feature amenities you would expect to find in a luxury home at an affordable price: spacious four-bedroom floor plans with two full baths, energy-efficient design and appliances, fully equipped gourmet kitchen with pantry, exceptional closet space, full-size washer and dryer connections, laundry room with extra storage, private outdoor living areas, detached garages and 24-hour emergency maintenance services.

Miller-Valentine Group worked with St. Mary Development Corporation, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Key Bank and the City of Dayton to bring this project to completion. "The success of Roosevelt Homes could only be achieved through the hard work of many partners. It's a great example of what can be accomplished when a community joins together to transform a neighborhood," says Tim Bete, president of St. Mary Development Corporation.

El Reno, Oklahoma: Fairway Breeze Apartments

Fairway Breeze Apartments
Fairway Breeze Apartments

Miller-Valentine Group and Frontier Community Services are proud to be contributors of and offer support toward local community goals within the El Reno, Oklahoma area by announcing the development of Fairway Breeze Apartments.

In this pet-friendly community, residents will enjoy contemporary floor plans, state-of-the-art amenities, fully-equipped gourmet kitchens, brand new energy-efficient appliances, full-size washer/dryer connections, exceptional closet space, patio or balcony with extra storage, and central air conditioning. Inside the clubhouse is a computer room and fitness center; on the community grounds will be a playground and outdoor picnic areas allowing residents to enjoy the weather and companionship of friends and family.

Bloomington, Indiana: Patterson Pointe Senior Residence

Patterson Pointe Senior Residence
Patterson Pointe

Miller-Valentine Group recently opened Patterson Pointe Senior Residence, a maintenance-free, pet-friendly, elevator-accessible community of 61 apartment homes built exclusively for adults 55 and over. Patterson Pointe features amenities found in luxury communities at an affordable price: spacious one- and two-bedroom floor plans, walk-in closets, energy-efficient design and appliances, full-size washer and dryer in every home, professional onsite management and 24-hour emergency maintenance services. Also featured are a community lounge area, fitness center, theater room, and business center that are conveniently located on the first floor of the building.

Miller-Valentine Group worked with Area 10 Agency on Aging, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, Nationwide Insurance, PR Mortgage & Investments, Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, and Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis to bring this incredible project to completion.

Safety is job #1

Chris Knueven

Safety on every job, for our Associates and our clients, continues to be one of Miller-Valentine’s highest priorities. We’ve always believed that our Associates have the right to expect to go home each night as healthy as they were before they began work that day. We also look out for our clients. We put safety processes in place that will reduce their risk and cost—and at the same time do a better job for them.

Our exemplary record of project safety has allowed us to be the first statewide OSHA-certified Voluntary Protection Program contractor in Ohio and the only one in the state of Kentucky.

Our safety record had a lot to do with Huhtamaki's choice of Miller-Valentine as their construction partner. Of course, our long history of providing building solutions for clients and the relationships we have built through the years are the glue that holds everything together for Miller-Valentine.

It’s the secret of our success. We look forward to the next 50 years!

Miller-Valentine excels at workplace safety

Safety and risk reduction processes are at the top of Miller-Valentine Construction’s project list. We’ve worked hard to cover all our bases. In addition to the safety procedures we have in place to protect our construction team members from harm, we have a safety checklist for each project so our clients can be confident that we will:

complete their project faster;

reduce the cost of general product liability rates and workers’ comp insurance; and

anticipate—and correct—situations that could cause difficult public relations problems in the future.

Bottom line: Miller-Valentine Construction is here for you.

top of page

Did you know?

Miller-Valentine Residential expands national presence

Miller-Valentine Group is a recognized leader in the multi-family and senior housing business, having constructed, owned and managed more than 14,000 affordable, senior, luxury, student and military housing residential units.

We have been developing, building, and managing quality multi-family and senior rental communities in the Midwest and the Southeast for more than 30 years. Recently, we have also expanded to new states such as West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa. Partnering with other groups for the development of each new community has been key to our success in the market. Take a look at our most recent construction and community development projects.

top of page

The Difference is Miller-Valentine Construction

Site Selection | Land and Building Acquisition | Disposal of Existing Buildings
Design | Financing | Construction | Property Management.

Experience the Difference
© 2014 Miller-Valentine Group. All Rights Reserved.