When the former Caraustar-Rittman Paperboard facility was operating at its peak, the plant was home to more than 1,200 local employees. Its closing in 2006 resulted in the loss of these jobs and left behind 300 acres of vacant real estate in the industrial core of Rittman, Ohio.
In a recent development, Hull is working closely with the City of Rittman to redevelop a sizable portion of the former paper mill property into a nature area with a 3.2 mile trail that will circle the ponds with an additional four miles of trails through the more heavily wooded areas of the property. Funding is projected to come from the Clean Ohio Fund Greenspace Conservation Program which is part of the Ohio Public Works Commission. Provided the funding is approved, work is slated to begin Fall of 2018 or early in 2019.
Demolition of nearly 800,000 square feet of former Caraustar manufacturing buildings on South Industrial Avenue began in late 2013, paving the way for new industrial and commercial redevelopment at the long-idled former paperboard plant. Hull was responsible for overseeing both the demolition and remediation work at the site, which was completed in the summer of 2014. Where possible, scrap materials and asphalt were recycled as part of the project, with concrete crushed and used as backfill on-site. More than 85 percent of the materials on-site were recycled as part of the overall redevelopment.
Hull is also responsible for performing closure of a residual waste landfill on-site, and a complex of wastewater treatment lagoons used to manage waste materials from the paper-making process. With the proposed parkland redevelopment of approximately 200 acres, there is still an opportunity to develop approximately 60 acres for industrial use.
Brad White, Ph.D