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Plastics giant eyes Norton facility

By BOB MOREHEAD
BGNN senior staff writer

NORTON A few weeks after seeing its tax abatements extended, the KDA Associates manufacturing property off S Cleveland Massillon Road is again in the news.

Multinational conglomerate Saint-Gobain, a plastics manufacturer founded in 1665 in Paris, is asking Norton to rezone the land from light industrial to heavy industry to clear the way for a ceramics factory on the site and city council heard the first reading on the request at its March 4 meeting. The company has an Akron office.

KDA built a custom fabricating plant on the site in 2016. In 2021, the company leased the original building to Kyoto Cooling and broke ground on a second building and office com
plex next door. How the proposed Saint-Gobain project fits in was not immediately clear.

Also up for readings was a companion piece rezoning adjacent land the city owns, for both future expansion for Saint-Gobain if they want it and as a buffer for abutting neighbors.

Councilman Paul Tousely wanted assurances against pollution, as the requested I-2 zoning clears the way for most anything.

“Once the zoning is changed, the toothpaste is out of the tube,” Tousely said.

A public hearing for both zoning changes is set for the March 18 council meeting.

Getting a second reading that night were the new contracts for the city’s clerical and service workers and firefighters. The contracts, already approved the respective unions, give a 3% raise each of the three year and increases compensatory time, city administrator Dennis Loughry told BGNN.

“Employees can take earned vacation time after six months now instead of having to wait for a full year of employment,” Loughry said.

Council also approved agricultural districts on Fairland and Johnson roads and a resolution of
appreciation for freshly retired fire department administrative assistant Janice Back.

An agricultural district renewal on Hametown Road got a first reading with a public hearing March 18.

1 Comment

  1. John Gula on March 18, 2024 at 12:19 pm

    As a close neighbor to KDA I can assure you the present ‘light industry’ zoning is a joke. Always being awakened by loud banging and sometimes rumbling is very annoying. Light industrial zoning says nothing is supposed to disturb nearby residential areas. Norton has never enforced that. 3:10 AM last Thursday the banging or vibration actually shook my house. All I can say is if that is ‘light industry’ then we sure as hell don’t need ‘heavy industry’.

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