Local firm chosen for Marion project


A Delaware company has been chosen by the city of Marion to help redevelop a property there.

Environmental Management Specialists Inc. (EMS) of Delaware is a professional environmental contracting firm that serves a variety of customers, including energy companies, environmental consultants, transportation companies and industrial facilities.

This week EMS was chosen by the city of Marion as its environmental contractor to help with the remediation of the former Fairfield Engineering property at 324 Barnhart St. in Marion.

In 2013, the city of Marion and development partner Clarksco were awarded a $340,000 Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) grant. CORF grants provide assistance to communities across the state for the purpose of redeveloping brownfield sites.

“We’re very happy to have EMS on board as the environmental remediation contractor,” said Jeff Paetz, president of Phoenix Environmental LLC, the environmental consulting firm managing the project. “We have worked with them successfully in the past. They know how to get sites cleaned up efficiently and effectively.”

Activities to be completed under the CORF grant include asbestos abatement, building demolition, soil remediation and the removal of former underground storage tanks. Using the CORF grant and private funds, Clarksco will implement much-needed infrastructure improvements. These improvements will improve the functionality of the building and improve access and security of the outlying areas.