Nehemiah Gives Second Chance to Neighborhood, Employees

  • July 2018

A Cincinnati neighborhood is making a comeback, thanks in part to Nehemiah Manufacturing and the grand opening of a new 180,000 SF office and manufacturing facility that is putting more people to work.

Nehemiah recently hosted a ribbon-cutting and celebration marking the opening of its new production space in Lower Price Hill. The site was once razed after an extensive fire in 2014. The land required a $9 million environmental cleanup effort before it was ready for a new opportunity at life. The real estate rebirth opens the door to another set of second chances – Nehemiah is able to grow its mission of offering career opportunities to people who struggle with employment barriers including gaps in employment, prior incarceration, and histories of drug abuse.

“Nehemiah Manufacturing believes people can grow and overcome the odds when they’re given a chance at sustainable employment,” says Richard Palmer, president, Nehemiah Manufacturing. “This building helps us give more opportunities to people striving to rise above criminal records, gaps in employment, or a history of drug abuse.”

The Cincinnati company produces consumer products including Febreze In Wash Odor Eliminator, Downy Wrinkle Releaser, and Dreft. Nehemiah moved 80 employees to the Lower Price Hill facility and expects to create an additional 50 jobs in the future.

Al. Neyer’s design-build group served as architect and construction manager for the project, and Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority supported this project with financing.  Other partners include REDI Cincinnati, City of Cincinnati, Jobs Ohio, PNC Bank, Finance Fund and Cincinnati Development Fund.