Lempco building

The Lempco building at 526 S. Main St. in New Lexington will be cleaned up and remediated with funding from a state brownfield grant.

COLUMBUS – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted on Friday announced state support for 112 brownfield remediation projects that will help clean up contaminated properties in Ohio to make way for future economic development. They include a project in Perry County.

The state will provide $998,040 for cleanup/remediation of the Lempco Industries site in New Lexington. Prior to 1926, according to information provided by the state, this property operated as a grocery warehouse. From the mid-1940s through 2004, site operations produced metal reamers and die sets used in machines for manufacturing in the automotive industry. The original 1926 building and following additions remain and are in various states of disrepair. Remediation activities will include asbestos abatement and groundwater improvement efforts. After cleanup and demolition, the site will be redeveloped as commercial or industrial space.

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