In this 2014 file photo, Abbott Executive Vice President John Landgraf holds one of the products the company makes in its Tipp City facility. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Ensure maker wants $17M expansion at local plant

Abbott Nutrition has applied for a building permit to construct a $17.2 million warehouse and distribution site in Tipp City.

The company seeks a permit for a 367,924-square-foot facility, according to the application listed in Miami County records.

Premier Design & Build Group is listed as the builder for the project at 2 Abbott Park Way.

A spokeswoman for Abbot Nutrition said Abbott will not be the owner of the building.

Instead, Abbott will be leasing a portion of the facility, said spokeswoman Vicky Assardo.

The building will be owned by JES Tipp City OH, LLC, a special purpose entity of HSA Commercial Real Estate based in Chicago, Assardo said. 

In 2012 to 2014, Abbott Labs/Abbott Nutrition built a $270 million plant in Tipp City. With about 240 employees, that plant has been said to produce 800 bottles of Ensure nutrition drinks per minute, or some 1 million bottles a day.

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Further to the north, in Shelby County, Honda has applied for a project valued at more than $3.3 million at the company’s engine plant in Anna.

There, Honda’s application seeks to build out 62,500 square feet at 12500 Meranda Road for an “addition for storage of automotive components,” county records indicate.

Honda has been expanding its Anna plant in recent months. Honda of America filed a building permit application for a $15 million expansion at the same plant. That application was dated in late May.

The reason given for the May permit application, also filed for the 12500 Meranda Road factory, is “plant expansion,” records show.

Located an hour’s drive north of Dayton, the Anna plant has operated since 1985, growing from 100 workers into what Honda says is its second largest Ohio operation, employing more than 2,800 people.The plant annually produces more than 1 million four-cylinder, V-6 and turbo engines for Honda auto plants across North America.

Messages seeking comment were sent to representatives of Honda and Abbot Nutritional.

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