Huffy rolling HQ to Mi­ami Twp.

De­sign center, mov­ing from Cen­ter­ville, will house 100 work­ers.

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Kaitlin Schroeder and Nick Bl­iz­zard

Huffy is plan­ning to move the head­quar­ters where it de­signs all the bikes bear­ing its iconic brand to a new home in Mi­ami Twp.

Huffy Corp., now based in Cen­ter­ville, is plan­ning to move to a 50,000-square-foot head­quar­ters that will give the com­pany 40 per­cent more space to de­sign and show­case its sam­ple bikes.

“For the past decade, the Cen­ter­ville lo­ca­tion han­dled our growth; we’ve sim­ply out­grown our cur­rent build­ing,” said Bill Smith, Huffy Corp. pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

The pri­vately owned com­pany ex­pects to move by the end of the year to 8877 Gan­der Creek Drive, where about 100 em­ploy­ees will work out of the leased of­fice.

“The Mi­ami Twp. build­ing is ideal for our home op­er­a­tions which al­lows us more room and bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for our new busi­ness ini­tia­tives and planned growth,” Smith said in a state­ment.

“We can ex­pand and stretch the foot­print of mar­ket­ing, sales and op­er­a­tions to meet our grow­ing needs. All of our prod­uct in­no­va­tions and cre­ative de­signs hap­pen right here in Day­ton, Ohio, and the new space gives us more flex­i­bil­ity for our cus­tomer meet­ings.”

The cor­po­rate head­quar­ters, which had been in Cen­ter­ville for about 10 years, is where the com­pany does de­sign, sales, mar­ket­ing, prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and other cor­po­rate op­er­a­tions. The new fa­cil­ity will have ameni­ties for em­ploy­ees like a new fit­ness center.

Huffy can trace its roots in Day­ton back 125 years, to when it pro­duced its first bi­cy­cle in Day­ton in 1892 while orig­i­nally op­er­at­ing as the Davis Sewing Ma­chine Com­pany.

The cur­rent Huffy name de­rives from the last name of Ge­orge Huff­man, of the same Huff­man fam­ily that helped shape Day­ton and con­tin­ues to mark the city such as with the Huff­man neigh­bor­hood that bears the name.

The com­pany says it in­tro­duced the world’s first train­ing wheels for bikes, cre­ated 4,000 mil­i­tary bikes dur­ing World War II and in 1979 Huffy’s 30 mil­lionth bike made it into the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion.

It man­u­fac­tures in China and stopped mak­ing bi­cy­cles do­mes­ti­cally about 20 years ago, cit­ing at the time sharp com­pe­ti­tion from Chi­nese im­ports.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from large cor­po­ra­tions like Wal­mart, Tar­get, Toys “R” Us and Dis­ney come to Huffy’s head­quar­ters to work with the bike brand. Huffy bikes are sold at more than 10,000 re­tail lo­ca­tions ship­ping 5 mil­lion bi­cy­cles an­nu­ally through­out the U.S., as well as more than 50 coun­tries.

Huffy’s an­nounce­ment is “re­ally good news for Mi­ami Twp.,” town­ship Ad­min­is­tra­tor Greg Rogers said.

Its move to Gan­der Creek Drive will fill one of the re­main­ing “large va­cant spa­ces in that of­fice park,” said Mi­ami Twp. Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Chris Sny­der.

“We’ve seen a lot of re­vi­tal­iza­tion the past few years,” he said.

“We’ve had a num­ber of com­pa­nies mov­ing not just their op­er­a­tions – but their head­quar­ters – to Mi­ami Twp. and that of­fice park in par­tic­u­lar. We’re glad to see that. It’s good to see of­fice de­vel­op­ment spring­ing up through­out the town­ship,” he added.

Com­pa­nies re­lo­cat­ing to the New­mark Of­fice Park area have in­cluded Ac­cli­mate Tech­nolo­gies Inc., which tripled its size af­ter from down­town Day­ton. Late last year, Verso Corp. an­nounced the Mem­phis-based com­pany was mov­ing its head­quar­ters to that area as well in a move lo­cal of­fi­cials would sta­bi­lize more than 200 jobs.

Also last year, Sen­sor Tech­nol­ogy Sys­tems Inc. said its move from Beaver­creek would re­sult in 120 jobs. The maker of night vi­sion gog­gles and other elec­tro-op­ti­cal prod­ucts for spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces, de­fense forces and law en­force­ment is con­sol­i­dat­ing op­er­a­tions at a 50,000 square foot New­mark Drive lo­ca­tion.

The build­ing Huffy is mov­ing into was built in 1988 and sits on about 5.4 acres, val­ued at about $3.9 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to prop­erty records.

The prop­erty is owned by Florida-based F9 Prop­er­ties LLC, rep­re­sented by Dave Dickinson and Rus­sell Maas of NAI Bergman. Aaron Savino, of Miller-Valen­tine Group, rep­re­sented Huffy in the lease.

The choice by Huffy is a “tes­ta­ment” to the town­ship’s staff, the Mi­amis­burg school district as well as other part­ners, said Trustee Doug Barry.

“We’re ob­vi­ously a com­mu­nity (that) is on the radar beacon of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment folks as a place that’s easy to do busi­ness with and a place they want to call home,” he said.

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Huffy, which in­vented the first train­ing wheels for bi­cy­cles, is plan­ning to move the head­quar­ters where it de­signs all the bikes bear­ing its iconic brand to a new home in Mi­ami Twp.

Huffy is plan­ning to move to a 50,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity at 8877 Gan­der Creek Drive in Mi­ami Twp,

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