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  • Location of new Diebold headquarters a well-kept secret

  • Rumors abound concerning where Diebold will build the large corporate consolidation complex and campus it announced plans for Tuesday.

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  • Rumors abound concerning where Diebold will build the large corporate consolidation complex and campus it announced plans for Tuesday.
    Operating five area sites — three in Green, one in Jackson Township and another in Canton — the project will provide a new home for its 1,500 employees who work at those sites.
    But will it be in Stark or Summit county?
    “One or the other,” is the only answer provided by Mike Jacobsen, corporate communications director.
    Mayors of Canton and Green said Tuesday that each of their cities is in the running.
    Plans for the new building and campus have had the support of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and recent legislation passed by the state’s General Assembly providing state loans and tax credits helped move the project forward. Pending approval at relevant state and local levels, the aid requires the company to retain at least 1,500 jobs in Ohio for 18 years. Internationally, the company employs 16,000.
    Diebold’s announcement was news to Akron-Canton Airport President and Chief Executive Officer Rick McQueen. “I have heard nothing,” he said Tuesday.
    Voicemail and email messages left with California-based developer Stuart Lichter requesting comment were unanswered. Lichter owns the former Hoover Co. building at North Canton’s square.
    Robert DeHoff, president of North Canton’s DeHoff Realtors and DeHoff Development, holds title to 33 acres in Green flanked by Lauby Road and Mount Pleasant Street between the Akron-Canton Airport and the present Diebold headquarters on Mayfair Road.
    “It is great for Stark County, great for all of us in this area,” DeHoff said during a break in a day-long meeting. “But I have not been contacted by anyone.”
    On Tuesday afternoon, Stark Development Board President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Paquette confirmed a competitive site search in both counties is ongoing.
    “Both counties have been working with the company and both, obviously, would like to have it in their backyard,” Paquette said. “The good news is that it is not going away, leaving the state.”
    In a Tuesday morning news release, Thomas W. Swidarski, Diebold president and chief executive officer, said:
    “We are committed to strengthening our competitive position, enhancing our role as a global leader in the industries we serve and continuing to serve as a productive member of the community. Diebold hosts thousands of global customers and employees at its headquarters during a typical year. A new world headquarters will serve as a true centerpiece to our global company — as well as the surrounding region — and allow Diebold to continue making a beneficial economic impact in Ohio.
    “The commitment we received from Gov. Kasich and the state of Ohio sends a clear signal that the state is dedicated to companies like Diebold — companies that have a long, productive history in Ohio, value the state’s talent pool and have a strong desire to continue to build and grow here.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Kasich joined Swidarski in a Tuesday afternoon news conference at the company’s headquarters at 5995 Mayfair Road.
    Still, no location, definite or proposed, was divulged.
    When finished, the new Diebold corporate campus will include the company’s headquarters operations, research and development, hardware and software engineering functions, and sales and marketing for the company’s financial self-service, security and integrated services businesses. The facility also will house the company’s corporate financial and administrative operations, customer-service and event-monitoring centers as well as employee training and education functions.
    “It’s an exciting time for our associates, excited that we’re staying,” Jacobsen said.

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