Eco-Industrial Park making way for businesses

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The Seasons Greene Eco-Industrial Park is paving the foundation for a new 1,400-foot road off Seasons Road, but construction on any buildings in the new green industrial park in south Hudson won't take place until at least next year.

The Seasons Greene eco-industrial park, which had a ground breaking ceremony in October 2011, is on 161 acres on Seasons Road about half a mile east of the state Route 8 exit ramps. Plans call for up to 10 buildings with 1.37 million square feet to house businesses working in advanced and alternative energy fields. Each facility is looking at between 75 to 100 employees, for potentially more than 1,000 jobs at the site when completed, said Company President John R. Shutsa.

"We're looking at this park as a catalyst for job creation," said Hudson Economic Development Director Chuck Wiedie.

Developer and property owner John A. Shutsa & Associates of Cuyahoga Falls is making $2.1 million in improvements to the property, including the road, water lines, sanitary sewer lines and lighting.

"We've got to build [a road] before they come," Shutsa said. "I see companies coming next year."

During the winter, Summit County will run sanitary sewer lines to the park, Shutsa said. The water lines, storm water lines, curbs and gutters are completed, Shutsa said Dec. 4.

Government agencies have provided grants and loans to the development. The city of Hudson awarded the development a $130,000 grant for a water line, Summit County issued a $425,000 loan for a sanitary sewer line, and the state awarded a $710,000 matching grant for road infrastructure work.

Shutsa said the company is in the process of seeking wetland permits from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"We retained 50 acres of wetlands but need permits for a little more than 16 acres of wetlands," he said.

Two businesses are expected to begin building in 2013, Shutsa said, and he has been talking with other companies.

"We're excited about it," he said. "The total number of jobs that can be brought into the park is positive for the city."

If deals are finalized, OpenOils, an Irish firm developing environmentally friendly oil products, could occupy 10 acres, and Patriot Energy, a company that would convert solid waste to energy, could occupy 32 acres. Both companies could create 200 jobs, Shutsa said.

Patriot Energy needs permits but could begin construction in 2013, according to Shutsa. It would take the company two years to build a $240 million plant to process municipal garbage into diesel fuel, he said.

Shutsa estimates the plant would initially process 700 tons of garbage per day.

The only thing remaining after the conversion process would be rocks and dirt, which would be used in road beds, Shutsa said.

"Everything else is used," he said.

The business would produce its own electricity, which it hope to sell back to a power provider.

Initially, Patriot Energy would create 80 to 100 jobs.

More information can be found at www.seasonsgreene.com.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

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