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EXCLUSIVE: Massive bakery facility coming to Hamilton County’s west side

Jackie Slaght : November 15, 2017 9:39 am : In The headlines

Article was originally featured in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skally’s Old World Bakery plans to build a 58,000-square-foot freezer warehouse and 345,000-square-foot production facility in Harrison Township.

By Tom Demeropolis
–  Senior Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier

Nov 14, 2017, 2:58pm EST
Updated Nov 14, 2017, 4:22pm

A massive bakery facility is going to be built on the west side of Hamilton County.

Skally’s Old World Bakery Inc. has purchased nearly 95 acres of land in Harrison Township to build a 345,000-square-foot bakery building with a 58,000-square-foot freezer warehouse. Drew Skally, co-founder of Skally’s, said the company has been looking for a property to expand for four years. The Harrison Township property will give Skally’s the ability to meet new baking rules and regulations, as well as expand into the future.

“We can get by now, but with all the changes, it might become outdated in the future,” Drew Skally said.

In the first phase alone, Skally’s is looking to invest about $40 million. The North College Hill-based company produces 25,000 bagels an hour in more than 20 varieties and is sold not only under its own brand but as the private label for big brands. Skally’s also makes pita bread in its current facility and distributes its products in 40 states.

The company is landlocked at its location at 1933 W. Galbraith Road. It’s looking to triple production up to 75,000 bagels per hour and expand into different product lines. The most popular of Skally’s bagels is the plain bagel. But the Skallys say they can compete with others by offering more variety and the best ingredients.

Skally’s first started in 1977 when a New York family moved to Cincinnati after the Skally patriarch, Ephraim Skally, got a job with Federated Department Stores, back in its pre-Macy’s days.

Drew Skally originally intended on going through medical school but ended up helping his brother Ephraim Skally Jr., and sisters Jennifer Skally and Cheryl Deleon start the bakery. He had every intention of going back to school to earn a master’s or doctorate in physiology but ended up tied to the family business.

Skally’s plans to start construction on the freezer portion of the project first, looking to begin in spring 2018. The development will be located off Southwest Parkway.

This map shows the nearly 95-acre site Skally’s Old World Bakery will be purchasing for its expansion.

 

Once the freezer is completed, construction would start on the production building, which is expected to be a one- to three-year period. Longer term, Skally’s is looking at an additional 800,000 square feet of production, warehouse and freezer space off of Kilby Road. A future test restaurant also is being considered on the first phase site.

The freezer expansion is expected to create 10 jobs. Skally’s estimates each new production line will create 40 jobs, so at completion the first phase could create more than 200 new jobs.

Skally’s is starting with the freezer expansion because it doesn’t have enough space at its current facility, especially when it comes to freezer space.

“If a truck driver is late, his product is in the way of the next two trucks coming,” Drew Skally said.

The freezer warehouse will be built by Tippman Construction, part of Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Tippman Group, which specializes in temperature controlled processing and distribution facilities.

Eventually, this site could be home to 1.2 million square feet of development including office, production, warehouse and freezer.

Skally’s is purchasing the land from Schueler Group-organized investors for about $6 million. Jeff Eichhorn, executive vice president with Schueler Group, represented the sellers in the deal.

Harrison Township is the third location Skally’s looked at for this massive expansion. Originally, the company looked to open a new facility in Liberty Township, but that project was opposed by residents. Then, Skally’s selected a site in West Harrison, Ind. for its new facility, but that project also fell through.

So when Drew Skally went driving looking for property for the expansion, he came across the Harrison Township site. There, he saw a big orange sign with Eichhorn’s name and number on it. Drew Skally called Eichhorn from the site and he met the Skally’s there the next day.

“A big orange sign still works every now and then,” Eichhorn said.

The Harrison Township site is 1 minute off Interstate 74 and 17 minutes from Skally’s existing facility in North College Hill. Ephraim Skally Jr., CEO of Skally’s, said all the previous sites the company had looked at were farther out.

“This is the perfect site for us and it worked out really well,” Ephraim Skally Jr. said. “We have enough land in a good location to go into the future now matter what our needs are.”

Eichhorn said the expansion project would not be possible without Hamilton County approving a zoning change for the project, Harrison Township paying for road improvements and the city of Harrison expanding sanitary sewer to the site.

Bunnell Hill Construction, part of Schueler Group, is coordinating site work and will be building the future bakery. CT Consultants is the site engineer.

As for the existing plant on West Galbraith Road, Ephraim Skally Jr. said they plan to keep it indefinitely. As production ramps up in Harrison Township, they could convert it to an organic or gluten-free facility, use it for other products, or continue to use it as a commissary for its restaurants.

On Monday, my colleague Andy Brownfield broke the news that Skally’s Old World Bakery would be opening its second restaurant in the Streets of West Chester.

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Steel supplier coming to Dayton-area warehouse facility

Jackie Slaght : October 25, 2017 11:20 am : In The headlines

Schueler Group’s construction company Bunnell Hill Construction was featured in an article in the Dayton Business Journal on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

A Lebanon-based construction company has begun renovations and additions for an existing warehouse facility in Warren County that will house a Canadian-owned steel supplier later this year.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SCHUELER GROUP

By Cecilia Salomone
–  Staff Reporter, Dayton Business Journal

Oct 24, 2017, 4:05pm

A Lebanon-based construction company has begun renovations and additions for an existing warehouse facility in Warren County that will house a Canadian-owned steel supplier later this year.

The Franklin facility is 69,000 square feet, and Bunnell Hill Construction President Kevin Scott said the additions being made for Allied Crawford Steel will total about 31,000 square feet. Scott said Bunnell Hill, a division of the Schueler Group, will be adding an outside steel crane system and bay area, as well as renovating the interior office completely.

Scott said the facility renovations are expected to be completed by Dec. 1, and that Allied Crawford Steel staff have been working on site along with the construction company. The facility is located at 213 Industrial Drive in Franklin.

The company received an $85,000 grant from JobsOhio for the project. The company plans to invest $3.6 million in its operation and create 50 jobs.

The newly installed crane system has three cranes that are each capable of lifting over 10 tons. The new cranes will allow for the movement and storage of steel beams at the facility.

Allied Crawford Steel is new to the Dayton region, Scott said. The steel supply company is the U.S. division of Ontario-based Crawford Metal Corporation. Allied Crawford Steel also operates facilities in South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

The steel supplier will be looking to hire employees for its new facility. Representatives from Allied Crawford Steel could not be reached for comment.

 

 

 

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Schueler Group sets the stage for ‘outstanding’ growth

Jackie Slaght : August 10, 2017 10:53 am : In The headlines

Written by: Kaitlin Schroeder Staff Reporter Dayton Business Journal

The Schueler Group has been beefing up its executive ranks and making plans to expand in the Dayton area.

But, as always, its plans are at a careful pace.

The Lebanon-based real estate company, which includes Henkle Schueler & Associates, Bunnell Hill Development and Bunnell Hill Construction Services, has stood the test of time for 82 years and is now one of the largest land owners in the region.

It survived the recession. It once owned a fourth of the land in Springboro. And now it’s planning its next steps.

This comes as the company went from $76.51 million in revenue to $46.18 million in revenue from 2015 to 2016. Before that, it had several years of growth, up from $52.85 million in 2013.

But President Michael Schueler said that’s the nature of the business. Pulling from one of his many go-to phrases, he said the development business is like a merry-go-round with economic circle and “the key is to not fall off the horse.”

“We just had a couple big sales one year and didn’t have them the next year,” Schueler said. “The frustration is that it is always going to bounce around, but this year will be a very good year and next year will be an outstanding year.”

“I think I just got my order,” joked Eric Joo, the new chief operating officer, who is about two months into the new job.

The former Miller-Valentine Groups executive is the company’s most recent addition to the leadership and brings Dayton development expertise that could help the company grow in the Miami Valley.

Joo said the company is absolutely looking at Dayton as an expansion, and his knowledge of Dayton can help the company grow there, though it will take some time to see the fruits of the effort.

“Real estate development has a very long lead time. It can take a project a year and a half to get through … We’re reaching out and looking at a couple of key things,” he said.

The company represents about 90 workers when counting contractors, with closer to 30 or 40 salaried employees.

Schueler Group is already one of the largest land owners in the region with about 21 industrial and business parks spanning from northern Kentucky up to the Dayton area near the Interstate 70 and 75 interchange. That’s a total of 3,000 acres, with 1,930 acres available for development.

Its footprint has waxed and waned. About 40 years ago, Schueler said the company owned over 25 percent of the land in the village of Springboro, selling the land for development of local points like La Comedia and Kroger.

Schueler enjoys driving through the suburb and looking at the footprint of the company’s past developments and sales.

“I kind of get a kick out of that,” he said.

Today the company still has about 150 acres concentrated around State Route 73. At the same time, the area an exit north at Austin Boulevard has thrived while Route 73 hasn’t got quite the same love.

Schueler and Joo said the company wants to see the corridor have the same kind of upkeep and investment as its neighbor.

“We’re taking a long look at our land and how to improve it. I think they’ve focused too much on Austin (Boulevard),” Schueler said.

“There’s been so much focus on the Austin Boulevard interchange, that the exit north and south have been ignored. We really see there needs to be a reconfiguration on State Route 73 going through Springboro. It’s really the front door of the community,” he said.

At their business parks across their footprint, with national and international companies acquiring local businesses, Schueler said the ideal customer to be placed in one of their business parks is a local business they can build a relationship with.

“In the industrial side, our best customer is an individual entrepreneur. Someone who maybe started his business in his garage and knows how to do one thing well. And as he has grown, we can communicate very well with him because we can sit in this room and make a deal,” Schueler said. “If the approval has to go to Chicago, New York, or London or Osaka, they quickly would say ‘Who are those guys? And they aren’t really worthy or big enough to do business with us.'”

Schueler has been with the company for going on 43 years, or about half of the business’ history. He’s a reader of five newspapers a day, an avid supporter of the arts and a frequent dispenser of favorite phrases he’s accumulated over his career like “I’m in the get rich slow business.” He and his wife’s second home in South Carolina has been key to taking the occasional break from the office, because “if I’m in town, I’m here.”

Schueler said he loves the nature of working in the development business.

“I love what we’re doing. Because it’s so diverse, when we come in we have no idea what we’re going to do today,” he said.

“My leading motivation is this company continue. I don’t have any offspring that are interested in it. My number one goal is this company has operated with pride for 82 years and I’m determined that it keeps going at the same way — that’s the same ethical way — we’ve been doing it,” he said.

Fact Box:

  • The Schueler Group
  • Address: 300-G Henkle Drive, Lebanon, 45036
  • Phone: (513) 932-6010
  • Web: schuelergroup.com
  • Owner: Michael Schueler
  • 2016 Revenue: $48 million

Businesses:

  • Bunnel Hill Construction, which handles construction management services;
  • Bunnel Hill Development Co. Inc., which handles land development;
  • Henkle Schueler Realtors, a local real estate brokerage; and
  • Big Mike’s Gas N Go, a regional chain of gasoline and convenience stores with Dayton-area locations in Tipp City and Troy.

This article was featured in the Dayton Business Journal on August 10, 2017.

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Schueler Group Named a Semi-Finalist as the Best in the Family and Private Business

Jackie Slaght : August 4, 2017 1:25 pm : In The headlines

Schueler Group is proud to announce the recognition as a Semi-Finalist for the 18th Annual, 2017 Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards.

 

As a semi-finalist, Schueler Group will be further evaluated by an independent panel of judges who will be looking at the breakthroughs and accomplishments that distinguished their business – and the Cincinnati region – in 2017.

The 2017 Goering Center Family & Private Business Awards winners will be announced at the awards gala this fall at the JACK Cincinnati Casino on September 12, 2017.  This annual recognition program, in its 18th year, honors Cincinnati regional businesses that exemplify the best in family and private business practices.  Each year more than 500 businesses are nominated for these awards and from those nominees, 75 semi-finalists are selected.

On September 12, 2017, three awards will be presented in each of two divisions: family business and private business.  Additionally, the 2017 Goering Center Hall of Fame winner and the Baldwin Volunteer of the Year will both be celebrated, and the Goering Center will recognize its first annual Rising Leader – one of nine emerging leaders who are shaping the future of Cincinnati businesses.

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Schueler Group Adds to Commercial Sales Team

Jackie Slaght : August 1, 2017 11:15 am : In The headlines

August 1, 2017 – LEBANON, OH – Jeff Eichhorn, Schueler Group Executive Vice President, announced the addition of Mark R. Langdon to the company’s commercial sales team.

Mark has a strong background working with local businesses to meet their needs, primarily in the hotel industry. He has been in hotel management for 20 years in the Dayton market where he has won numerous industry awards. He has received national recognition by Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

“Mark’s ability to develop relationships is a significant asset as we continue to expand our business,” stated Eichhorn.

Mark is active in his community (Miami Township), and was recognized as a “40 Under Forty” in 2001.

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