HCDC is a long-time partner with Forest Park. A focus for this community in 2016 was the revitalization of existing local properties. Key projects announced or completed in 2016 include: Red Leonard Associates, Forest Park Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Liberty Dialysis, and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 75.
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 acquired and renovated a facility on Kemper Springs Drive, bringing 19 full-time employees to Forest Park, and adding an additional six employees over the next three years.
Forest Park Internal Medicine and Pediatrics made a significant investment to renovate a vacant building on Winton Road. Four physicians moved into the 7,400-sq ft faclity – all of them committed to providing superior patent care to Forest Park families. This project is the latest example of an ongoing and mutually beneficial partnership between Forest Park and Mercy Health.
Liberty Dialysis took a vacant building on West Kemper (a former Walgreens store) and converted it into a first class treatment center.
Red Leonard Associates is an example of both revitalization of a vacant facility and business attraction to Forest Park. In 2016, Red Leonard made a multimillion dollar investmet to acquire and renovate a vacant building on Kemper Meadow Drive. Company officials have begun the transition of moving their people and equipment into the 32,000-sq ft building that sits on seven acres. The company will bring 58 jobs to Forest Park.
HCDC has also partnered with the City of Forest Park on Business Retention and Expansion. Studies indicate that retention programs account for more than 80% of the economic growth in our country. Last year HCDC helped identify companies that were considering expansion or relocation, and worked with them to encourage them to stay in Forest Park.
FRY Fastening Systems is a family-owned business that is a distributor of tools and fasteners for construction and industrial trades. This impressive construction project keeps 40 jobs in Forest Park. FRY has been a member of the business community for 40 years, and when faced with an immediate need to expand their growing operation, the Burkhart family worked with the City to identify a solution that keeps their business in Forest Park.
TP Mechanical is a contracting firm that is a one-stop shop for construction-related projects. In 2016, Forest Park helped this growing company add a third shift at its Kemper Meadow facility to accommodate a surge in demand for its products and services. This company has 1160 employees and will add 30 full-time employees as a result of the project.
“HCDC has always been and continues to be an important partner for our community. The organization has been instrumental in our efforts to position Forest Park as a destination for business investment and development. The organization’s expert staff has helped our companies secure financing and incentives for expansion. They even assisted with our campaign to redevelop and reposition underdeveloped properties. HCDC’s team is truly an invaluable resource and key contributor to our recent success,” says Paul Brehm, Forest Park Economic Development Director