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Fort Jennings Telephone Co. buying Delphos property

January 03. 2014 6:50PM
HEATHER RUTZ hrutz@limanews.com

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DELPHOS — While most of the former Van Dyne Crotty property is being demolished, the office building will remain under new ownership.

FJ Communications, part of Fort Jennings Telephone Co., has purchased the building at Washington and Fourth streets from Cintas for $60,000, according to a real estate transfer in the Allen County Recorder’s Office.

Mike Metzger, general manager of Fort Jennings Telephone Co., said the building will serve customers in the Delphos area. The company will use it mainly for equipment storage and storage for a van that will be driven by employees doing customer service and maintenance in Delphos.

FJ Communications fiber runs near the building, making it an ideal spot for fiber and server redundancy, Metzger said.

The company offers local telephone, long distance, cable television, and high speed internet services. The company traces its roots to the late 1800s, when farmers in the area wanted a means to communicate with one another, so they joined together and set poles and strung wire for telephone service.

Today, as people remove land line telephones from their homes, internet, cable and other services have become a larger part of the business, Metzger said.

Fort Jennings Telephone Co. is renovating the building and garage before moving equipment in, Metzger said, and the company doesn’t have a set timeline for the work or its completion.

Cintas still owns the larger piece of the former Van Dyne Crotty property and is demolishing the warehouse that can be seen from Main Street.

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