City of Hamilton, OhioFirst Quarter 2016
In This Issue
2016 Initiative Update
Bethesda Butler Hospital opens expansion
ThyssenKrupp Bilstein celebrates ribbon cutting
Spooky Nook Sports joins Champion Paper redevelopment project
Barclaycard begins Hamilton operation
Hamilton Mill startup establishes partnership with West Chester Hospital
2015 Economic Development Annual Report
Hamilton municipal water wins bronze
HEY! Hamilton highlights Hamilton manufacturers
Coming soon - Municipal Brew Works
Students propose "hotel pod" concept
Alive After 5 launches 2016 schedule
Property highlight
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2016 Initiative Update
Main Street, infrastructure improvements, and recreational projects detailed in the 2016 document
The City of Hamilton's annual Initiative Update is now available. The publication highlights all of the major projects happening this year in Hamilton and includes pictures, a timeline, and a cost estimate. Check out the Initiative Update here.

TriHealth Bethesda Butler Hospital opens expansion
The expansion represents a $45 million investment
TriHealth's Bethesda Butler Hospital opened a 51,000 sq. foot addition to its campus at 3125 Hamilton-Mason Road in February. The $45 million expansion features 46 private medical/surgical beds and six new intensive care unit beds. Previously the hospital had eight inpatient beds. The campus now has approximately 170,000 sq. ft. of space and 200 full-time employees. For more information, read the Cincinnati Business Courier article about the expansion here.
ThyssenKrupp Bilstein celebrates ribbon cutting
Hamilton's largest manufacturer opened a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion and is breaking ground on another 30,000 sq. ft. expansion 
In February, ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America celebrated the grand opening of a 30,000-sq. ft. expansion of its high-performance shock-absorber factory. The company plans to break ground soon on the second 30,000 sq. ft. phase of its combined $26 million expansion. The company has gone from 160 employees to 680 employees since 2010 and their Hamilton facility will have grown from 120,000 sq. ft. to almost 300,000 sq. ft. by the end of this year.

In addition to the company's growth, this recent Journal-News article highlights ThyssenKrupp Bilstein's partnerships with local educational institutions that includes training programs and scholarships.
Spooky Nook Sports joins Champion Paper redevelopment project
Redevelopment plans center around a youth sports complex

Manheim, PA based Spooky Nook Sports LLC announced that it will partner with the City of Hamilton on the redevelopment of the former Champion Paper Mill. The project will include a youth sports complex, fitness center, hotel, restaurants, brewery, meeting and event space, and other entertainment venues. The facility will also house tenants in various medical fields including orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, and other services that support athletics and active lifestyles. For more information, read the press release here

Barclaycard begins Hamilton operation
Site Selection Group named the Barclaycard project one of the top most impactful projects of 2015

The first fifty Barclaycard employees began working at Vora Technology Park in February. The building is undergoing a $9.3 million renovation to prepare for the new tenant. In August 2015, Barclaycard, a payments business and a division of the United Kingdom-based Barclays Bank, announced that their new customer contact center will be located in Hamilton, Ohio. Once fully operational in the coming years, Barclaycard will be able to employ up to 1,500 employees. 

The Barclaycard project is not only the largest job announcement in Hamilton in many decades, it was the largest job announcement for Greater Cincinnati in 2015 and one of the largest in the state of Ohio in the last decade. Site Selection Group named the project to its top 20 Most Impactful Projects of 2015. For more information, view the Site Selection Group article here.

Student-run startup at The Hamilton Mill establishes partnership with West Chester Hospital
West Chester Hospital will utilize Glance Software's program aimed at improving the rounding process
Ross High School senior and Butler Tech Student Austin Klei is the 17-year-old founder and chief executive officer of Glance Software LLC. He and his classmates developed the program to improve the rounding process of top hospital leadership - administrators, nursing executives, and compliance staff. The partnership with West Chester Hospital is the startup's first deal. Glance Software is one of The Hamilton Mill's clients. For more information, read the Journal-News article here
Austin Klei in a meeting with West Chester Hospital administrators. Photo credit Greg Lynch, Journal-News.
2015 Economic Development Annual Report
2015 was a transformational year for the City of Hamilton in terms of job growth

During 2015 alone, the City exceeded its 5-year job creation goal with the recent job announcements of two international companies, Barclaycard and STARTEK, and the expansion of ODW Logistics & Transportation Services. Small business and downtown revitalization thrived in 2015 as well - eight new small businesses opened downtown last year. Read the Annual Report here.
Hamilton municipal water wins bronze
Hamilton won the bronze award in the Best Purified Drinking Water category in international contest
HEY! Hamilton highlights Hamilton manufacturers
Videos highlight ThyssenKrupp Bilstein and Hamilton Caster 

A new video series from TvHamilton, HEY! Hamilton, has highlighted some of Hamilton's manufacturers. In addition to highlighting companies of Hamilton's past including the Beckett Paper Mill, ThyssenKrupp Bilstein and Hamilton Caster have been highlighted. To learn more about these companies, check out TvHamilton's videos. View the ThyssenKrupp Bilstein video here.  View the Hamilton Caster video here.

Coming soon - Municipal Brew Works 
Major progress has been made at 20 High Street
Students propose "hotel pod" concept for former city jail space
Student proposal from Butler Tech School of the Arts gains media attention

A group of students from Butler Tech School of the Arts (SOA) pitched the idea of transforming currently vacant jail space at the former municipal building into "hotel pods," which are small, inexpensive hotel rooms. The student proposal came out of a class project that SOA does each semester. This student concept was chosen as one of three concepts to present to Hamilton City Council. Since the presentation, the concept has garnered media attention. SOA is an arts-oriented high school located in downtown Hamilton. For more information, check out the WCPO story here.
Alive After 5 launches 2016 schedule
Alive After 5 features free family activities in downtown Hamilton the first Thursday of each month

The popular downtown series Alive After 5 is having its first event of 2016 on Thursday, April 7th. The event aims to bring people downtown to enjoy food, music, shopping, and free children's activities. Each event is from 5 pm to 9 pm on the first Thursday of every month and each event has a theme. 
  • April 7th - Alive After 5's Circus!  
  • May 5th - Alive After Cinco: Cinco de Mayo! 
  • June 1st - Alive After 5's Summer Blockbuster: Part 2!
  • July 6th - Alive After 5's Heroes: Honoring Police, Fire and Military 
  • August 4th - Alive After 5: Pirates on High! 
  • September 1st - Alive After 5's Throwback Thursday: 1980's
  • October 6th - Alive After 5: Wizards, Warlocks and Witches
  • November 3rd - Alive After 5 Gives Back: Family Game Night
  • December 1st - Alive After 5's Winter Wonderland

Property highlight: Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center


The Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center is under new ownership and is looking for interested tenants. It is located on Route 4 and tenants include Pease Warehouse and Kitchen Showroom, Penn Station, and Skyline Chili. For more information, contact John Chess at  614-402-0526 or

Need assistance from the City?

Contact the Business Development Team


The City established the Business Development Team to make investing in Hamilton easier for current and future business owners. The Team focuses on assisting retail and commercial development. It is a single point of contact that coordinates between all necessary departments to help businesses from the first inquiry until the issuance of final occupancy. To contact the Business Development Team, call 513-785-7070 or email


Contact: Jody Gunderson, Director of Economic Development  
345 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio    
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