Diebold Nixdorf eyes move out of Green with offices going to Hudson, R&D to North Canton

Edd Pritchard
The Repository
Diebold Nixdorf Inc on Mayfair Road in North Canton, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2020i.  [Mike Cardew/Beacon Journal]

GREEN  — Diebold Nixdorf is considering to move operations out of the city and relocate its headquarters to a smaller building in Hudson.

The company would move its research and development, engineering, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain teams to the Hoover District facility in North Canton.

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Plans are to sell the 260,000-square-foot office building at Mayfair Road and Mount Pleasant Street NW, which has been the company's home for nearly 50 years.

The facility is larger that Diebold Nixdorf needs, spokesman Mike Jacobsen said. Roughly half of office space was not being used before the coronavirus pandemic led to changes with employees working from from home, he said.

Diebold Nixdorf has 1,200 employees at locations in the region, Jacobsen said. A portion of those employees have jobs that anchor them to a location, but many only work in an office part time and some exclusively work from remote site.

Diebold Nixdorf reported smaller losses during the second quarter of 2020.

Cost-cutting step

The move is part of an ongoing effort — referred to as DN Now — by Diebold Nixdorf to streamline operations. Changes have included reducing the company's real estate footprint worldwide.

Last year, the company began reviewing its Northeast Ohio operations. It also leases two buildings in Green, one on the west side of Akron-Canton Airport and one on Boettler Oaks Drive. Both of those buildings will be vacated.

In addition to streamlining operations, Diebold Nixdorf officials said the move will reduce costs related to leasing and maintaining four facilities in Northeast Ohio.

The company said it also prefers the Hudson location because of its proximity to both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Akron-Canton Airport. The location also can help with future efforts to recruit talent, the company said.

Diebold Nixdorf is eyeing a 63,000-square foot building at 50 Executive Parkway in Hudson as its new headquarters. The building has been vacant for eight years and last was used by Alltel. Diebold Nixdorf hopes to occupy the building by next summer.

Diebold Nixdorf Inc on Mayfair Road in North Canton, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2020i.  [Mike Cardew/Beacon Journal]

Boon for Hudson

Hudson City Council on Wednesday gave first reading to an ordinance that would allow for a job creation grant agreement with Diebold Nixdorf. According to the council agenda, Diebold Nixdorf, is seeking a 50% income tax credit for 10 years. The company would bring 314 jobs to Hudson with a benchmark of $31.4 million in payroll.

"This is an incredible accomplishment both for our staff and for this council," Hudson Councilman Hal DeSaussure said during Wednesday's meeting.

He noted a "lot of work" went into the effort to attract Diebold Nixdorf to Hudson.

"This is a major accomplishment for this community to get a large international corporation to move its headquarters here," DeSaussure said.

Hudson City Council President Bill Wooldredge said Diebold Nixdorf will be a "wonderful addition" to the city.

"I'm just so pleased to have this come about and to see it happen, and to realize that this is perhaps the crowning achievement of something that's really been brought to fruition in the last few years," said Wooldredge, who praised the city administration for its efforts to draw the company to Hudson.

Letdown for Green

Not surprisingly, Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer said the community is disappointed to lose Diebold Nixdorf. In 2012, the company ranked as Green's largest employer with 1,800 employees in multiple locations.

While it's a disappointment that Diebold Nixdorf didn’t find a new facility in Green, city officials are "pleased they found a location in another Summit County community," Neugebaurer said in a prepared statement. "Green continues to see business growth even throughout this difficult year. Our community offers many highly desirable business amenities such as topnotch schools, land for growth, and easy access to I-77 and the world through the Akron-Canton Airport." 

Diebold Nixdorf Inc on Mayfair Road in North Canton, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2020i.  [Mike Cardew/Beacon Journal]

Expanding in North Canton

Diebold Nixdorf relocated production operations from Greensboro, North Carolina, to the Hoover District in North Canton late in 2019. The company expects to expand at the site to accommodate more warehousing and logistics staff.

The production center at 334 Orchard Ave. NE has about 100 full-time employees and another 50 contracted workers. Eventually between 200 and 300 people could be working from that site, Jacobsen said.

North Canton officials are happy to see new jobs coming to the Hoover District, which until about 15 years ago housed offices and manufacturing for the former Hoover Co.

The company and city already have a 50% income tax credit for five years. New employees hired at the site would be included in the existing agreement, city officials said. Additionally, the city anticipates some street improvements in the area to accommodate additional traffic.

"This couldn't have come at a better time," Mayor Stephan B. Wilder said. It's good to have some positive news at a time when negative situations seem to dominate, he said.

Diebold Nixdorf and North Canton officials have been talking since March, Wilder said. City manager Patrick DeOrio said the city at one point offered the former Kmart department store as a potential location for Diebold Nixdorf's headquarters.

The decision to add operations at the Hoover District and expand the building anchors Diebold Nixdorf's commitment to the city, DeOrio said.

Wilder said he appreciates the company's willingness to invest in the city and match the city's interest and investment. Diebold Nixdorf is a legacy company with a worldwide footprint.

"We think this will have a great impact on the city," the mayor said.

Diebold Nixdorf was founded in 1859 as a steel safe manufacturing company in Cincinnati. It relocated to Canton in 1872. Diebold Nixdorf formed in 2016 after the local company bought Wincor Nixdorf, based in Germany.

Phil Keren of the Hudson Hub-Times contributed to this story.