Royal Sebring China Site One of 5 ‘Brownfield Projects’ to Receive Funding | News, Sports, Jobs


Michael Conny, executive of the company that owns the site, Sebring Mayor James Harp, former Sebring Mayor J. Michael Pinkerton and Mahoning County Treasurer Dan Yemma, also chairman of the Mahoning County Land Bank, have recently visited Royal Sebring China property.

SEBRING — The former Royal Sebring China property on South 15th Street is one of five local redevelopment projects in Mahoning County to receive state funding.

State officials on Friday announced a grant of $1,492,670 for land remediation on the property. The grant will pay for the remediation of hazardous materials that have remained on the 20-acre site since the early 1980s, when Royal Sebring China, once among the largest porcelain manufacturers in the United States, went out of business. The work will include the removal of over 2,300 tonnes of contaminated soil, the treatment and capping of sections of the property and the installation of new storm sewers.

The site is owned by a company headed by Michael Conny, owner of Alliance-based MAC Trailer, a manufacturer of trailers and truck bodies.

The other projects are in Youngstown and one in Struthers.

“These five ‘industrial sites’ are very different, but they all have huge potential for successful redevelopment,” said Debora Flora, executive director of the Land Bank.

“These are priority locations where the Land Bank, local governments and others have collectively invested significant time and effort, but lacked the funding to meaningfully proceed. The state’s new brownfields program has proven to be the critical missing piece for these important projects.

“We are very excited to work with our partners on the next steps for these priority locations.”

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