Record-Courier's Ravenna buildings sold

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

The vacant Record-Courier buildings in downtown Ravenna have been sold, with plans to turn one of the structures into a warehouse.

Letom American Inc., based on Peterborough Drive in Stow, purchased the former offices at 126 N. Chestnut St. and the former press room, located on North Prospect Street, behind the office building.

Spokeswoman Myong Song said the company, which warehouses awnings, boat covers and outdoor umbrellas, plans to use the North Prospect Street building as a warehouse. Four employees will work there to start.

She said the operations will start there as soon as a rack system is built, which she estimates will take four to six weeks. The company has no immediate plans for the office building, whose oldest portion dates to 1858.

The Record-Courier relocated to its Kent office in August 2012. Its printing operations were moved to the Dix Communications Co. joint printing facility in Wooster in July 2011, and the North Prospect Street pressroom has been vacant since. The presses have been removed from the building and sold.

Record-Courier publisher David Dix wished the new owners well.

"We're glad to have somebody bringing business into the city," he said. "We hope it's good for the community."

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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