The sale also includes the Hartmann Luggage retail store on the property, which is approximately 3,000 square feet. While the entire property is being sold together, Snipes indicated Samsonite may have interest in keeping the retail store that currently sells Hartmanns luggage.
The seller (Samsonite) said they would like to lease that back from the purchaser, he said.
Snipes said while XMi is putting the facility on the market, he is working in conjunction with city and county leaders to find a new tenant. Snipes noted hes had meetings with the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County as well as city officials.
Were working very closely with Lebanon and the county and well be working especially close in the near future, Snipes said.
The facility offers potential buyers an ideal mix of office and manufacturing space, which Snipes said makes the property a very appealing piece of real estate. He said the building is functional for various companies and investors and said they will target a range of businesses.
The building is a mix of old and new facilities as Snipes said Hartmann Luggage expanded its original facility to include warehouse and distribution space. The majority of Hartmanns manufacturing was done in Lebanon when the company moved here in 1959.
The office and manufacturing areas are the original portions of the building, but the warehouse is newer, Snipes said.
Over time Hartmann moved most of its manufacturing out of Lebanon and located its management here while shifting work in the facility to distribution and logistics.
When Hartmann performed all of its manufacturing here, it employed 350 workers. Documents filed with the Department of Labor indicate the facilitys closing will affect 93 employees.
JECDB Executive Director G.C. Hixson said the building is ideal for light manufacturing companies and said the fact that it has both manufacturing and warehouse space is a unique feature.
Its tough to take a warehouse or manufacturing building and put the infrastructure in there, but its already there, he said.
Hixson said the JECDB will list specifics about the property on state websites and will not only market the building but will also note a skilled labor force in Wilson County. He said local skilled workers are a key factor in selling a location to a business.
He said the JECDB plans to do everything we can to help XMi and Snipes sell the property and bring new jobs to the area.
With Hartmann leaving, were hoping to take something thats not good news and have a positive outcome, Hixson said.
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