Historical Dates for Norwood, Ohio.

  • 1981 (August)
    Tokoyo firm, Makino, acquires the Norwood based LeBlond Machine Tool Company.

  • 1985 (July 20)
    Burwood Park reopens after the lower section is cleared and furnished. Picnic tables, grills, trees and a parking lot are installed.

  • 1985 (September 14)
    Dedication ceremonies for the dedication of Lindner Park and McCullough Estate Nature Preserve, 2726 Cypress Way.

  • 1985 (September 16)
    Lindner Park/McCullough Nature Preserve officially becomes a Norwood park. Although the 14 acres are in Cincinnati, it is owned by the City of Norwood.

  • 1986 (November 6)
    General Motors announces that it will close its 64-year-old Norwood plant, as well as 20 other plants around the country. Two popular GM vehicles, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird are assembled here.

  • 1986 Sheller-Globe, the previously named Globe-Wernicke Industries the one-time parent company of Globe-Wernicke Company, is acquired by Knoll International Holdings.

  • 1987
    Using CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) funds, the city makes streetscape improvements on the west side of Montgomery Road at Sherman Avenue, as part of the urban renewal Phase II district. The improvements included interlocking pavers for the sidewalk, trees and decorative pedestrian lights.

  • 1987 (August 26)
    The 64-year old General Motors plant in Norwood closes. Forty-three hundred people lose their jobs. This accelerates the change of Norwood from an industrial-based city to a office center.

  • 1987
    Globe-Weis (office filing manufacturer which continued the Globe-Wernicke Company's business in that line) is sold by Knoll International Holdings to the American Trading and Production Company.

  • 1988 (April)
    The Palm Brothers Decalcomania Company closes in Norwood.

  • 1988 (May 10)
    Norwood celebrates its 100th anniversary of incorporation as a village.

  • 1988 (July)
    Former Norwood Mayor Donald E. Prues dies.

  • 1988 (November)
    A $200,000 grant establishes an Edison Business Incubator in Norwood at the old Foy-Johnson Paint Company Building.

  • 1988
    United Technologies Corporation partners with merchant bankers Gibbons, Green, van Amerongen to purchase Sheller-Globe (the successor to Globe-Wernicke Industires). Although U.T. said they would operate Sheller-Globe as an independent company, they merge it with U.T.'s automotive parts operations into a new division United Technologies Automotive Systems.

  • 1989 (February)
    The movie "An Innocent Man" starring Tom Selleck films scenes in the Norwood Middle School (the old Norwood High School). A stage of a jail is built in the school. The working title of the movie at the time was "Hard Rain" (not to be confused with the 1998 movie of the same name), probably in reference to Selleck's character Jamie Rainwood.

  • 1989 (November 28)
    Norwood reaches agreement with the Belvedere Coporation for development of the former General Motors site and the city's Urban Renewal Phase III area. A $100 million mixed-use business park is the plan. The site is eventually given the name Central Parke.

  • 1989
    LeBlond-Makino moves from Norwood to Mason, Ohio.

  • 1989 (September)
    The demolition of the old LeBlond Plant begins in preparation for a retail center (Rookwood Pavilion). This successful "mall" is the catalyst for a series of nearby retail and office developments along I-71 in Norwood (Rookwood Commons, Rookwood Towers, Cornerstone, etal.), Oakley (Cincinnati Center at the old Milacron Industrial Park) and Evanston. It even encourages the development of other so-called "life-style centers" north of Hamilton County and in northern Kentucky.

  • 1989 (December?)
    The Norwood Enterprise ceases publication, leaving Norwood without a community newspaper. Reduced advertisement revenue is an indicator that the Norwood business community has fallen below a critical point needed to support a local newspaper. Another newspaper, The Norwood Times, begins publishing 10 months later, but it too succumbs to financial reality.