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Demolition to Begin On Gibson Greeting Card Building

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The Gibson Greeting Card company closed in 2000. It housed the nation's third-largest greeting card manufacturing and sales operation.

Demolition begins Thursday on what will soon be the largest vacant site in Hamilton County. Gibson Greeting Card closed in 2000 and the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority looks to redevelop it into an advanced manufacturing site.

Because of its size, 593,000 square feet, the demolition will take about three months according to the Port's Melissa Johnson, Vice President of Industrial Development. She says, "Other key components of the project include limited environmental remediation which is ongoing and should be finished by February and storm water infrastructure and flood plain correction."

Port CEO Laura Brunner says companies are looking for large sites like this one (56 acres) and sites that already have utilities.

In June, 2016, the Port Authority purchased the building at 2100 Section Road as part of its Industrial Revitalization Strategy. There is already interest in the site.

Gibson was the nation's third-largest greeting card manufacturing and sales operation and employed about 1,000 people.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology