Vital/FHR North America will open in former Wall Street Journal building

Vital & FHR North America LLC has purchased the former Wall Street Journal site at 1201 Brim Road and will start operations next year.

Vital/FHR was established in response to customers’ needs to diversify and localize their supply chains in the United States and is a combination of two firms. Vital Materials is a global leader in specialty materials and processing, while FHR specializes in vacuum coating equipment.

At the Bowling Green site, Vital/FHR will provide production and equipment support for customers in renewable energy, semiconductor and other high growth markets.

Renovations of the facility are underway with production planned to start next year. Once they are operating at full capacity in a few years, they will employ around 60 people.

“Bowling Green is proud to welcome another innovative company to our community,” said Kati Thompson, director of Bowling Green Economic Development In addition to revitalizing a vacant industrial facility, Vital/FHR is diversifying our local economy, creating jobs and supporting important industries. We look forward to supporting the company’s investment in Bowling Green.”

A representative from Vital/FHR stated that they are actively seeking to employ individuals with technical backgrounds across a wide spectrum of engineering disciplines and general labor.

The Wood County Auditor’s Office record shows the building selling Dec. 2 for $2.1 million.

Dow Jones closed the Wall Street Journal in February.