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June 19, 2014

Sale of former Western Rubber building official

GOSHEN — Big changes are officially coming to the old Western Rubber property south of downtown Goshen.

During a special public meeting of the Goshen Redevelopment Commission Thursday, commission members voted unanimously to sell the former Western Rubber property to Genesis Products at a cost of $137,500.

Genesis Products, a leading supplier of wood and laminate products which operates facilities in Goshen, Elkhart and Keysville, Va., initially noted its interest in purchasing the old property during the commission’s June 10 meeting, where it was revealed that company would like to relocate its existing Elkhart operations to the Western Rubber property by the end of 2014, as the company’s lease on its Elkhart facility is set to expire at the end of the year.

According to the proposal, Genesis plans to redevelop the old property as a warehousing and distribution facility, which includes plans to invest a minimum of $2 million within the next two years for permanent site improvements and permanent structures on the property. Primary operations at the property will include delivery of product by rail to the site, unloading and storage of the materials, and subsequent delivery to Genesis’ various manufacturing locations.

As proposed, the property will be developed in two phases, the first of which will include construction of a 60,000 square foot building on the northern parcel and parking and retention on the southern parcel. Once that’s complete, phase two will reportedly begin within the next five years where the existing facility will be expanded to a total size of 120,000 square feet. The proposal also calls for the construction of a new rail spur adjacent to the facility.

“Genesis has proven itself to be a strong community partner everywhere they’ve been,” said Commission Vice President Vince Turner of the project. “They’ve proven in their other locations to be good neighbors both to other business and to the residents and their employees, so I’m excited about the prospect of bringing Genesis into the Goshen community.”

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