Reclaiming History Underway at Old Mirro Plant in Manitowoc - WBAY

Reclaiming History Underway at Old Mirro Plant in Manitowoc

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Reclamation is underway in downtown Manitowoc.

The old Mirro building, which was once home to the famous cookware company, closed in 2003.

Eventually the plant will be demolished.

But a final project is now underway.

"You walk in here and you think you can immediately renovate this building and put someone in here for service," Eric Spirtas said, who bought the building in 2005. "That's not the case."

Shortly after Spirtas bought the building, the Great Recession hit.

Finally, his reclamation is underway.

"People understand this building will not make or press pans anymore," he said. "Our goal is to create something that's usable, economically feasible."

That begins with the 10,000 tons of wood sitting inside the 1 million square foot building.

One week in, crews are removing it.

Brandon Gauthier, owner of Gauthier Furniture in Two Rivers, is then taking it, fixing it and getting ready to sell it.

"This was from the turn of the century from the Northwoods of Wisconsin," he shows. "We're looking at taking this and putting this in businesses and homes and floors and furniture."

It's not just the wood.

Spirtas' company Niagara Worldwide will reclaim the 10,000 tons of bricks and steel.

He hopes to reclaim and sell at least half of it.

Spirtas said his company has invested more than $1 million into holding the property, along with environmental cleanup.

"We're saying to the community hey if you want some wood, some memories from the building that housed your father, your mother, your brother, your uncle, your aunt," he said. "Come to us now."

The entire reclamation project is expected to take about a year.

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