Precision Tower Products will relocate in the city’s industrial park, after Delaware City Council approved a final development plan on Monday.
“This is one of those nights that our economic development and planning team get to present projects to you that will bring jobs to the city and investment in our community,” David Efland, the city’s planning director, said to council. He was referring not only to Precision, but also to ONDA USA LLC (see story on Page 1).
“This will really be a multipurpose manufacturing facility for us,” said co-owner Todd King. “The main fabrication will be for cell towers, and steel components that will go on the towers. We’re also going to use this for warehousing these parts. It has a lot of flexibility for us to be able to expand over time.”
Currently based at 435 Park Ave., Precision would move to a 9.5-acre site at 1600 Pittsburgh Drive. It would construct a 77,500 square-foot building. Most of the building would be used for manufacturing and as a warehouse, with 4,000 square feet for offices on the south side. The offices would be 20 feet high, and the rest of the building would be up to 29 feet high. There is also space for a 20,000 square-foot expansion on the north side of the building.
The site is zoned as a general manufacturing district.
The site may also house products from V&P Hydraulic Products and Sky Climber, two other nearby businesses that King also co-owns. V&P makes custom hydraulic cylinders and Sky Climber makes suspended access equipment.
The new building’s parking lot will hold 63 spaces. Efland said this was below the usual requirements, but Precision’s 23 everyday employees work in shifts, with 12 field technicians occasionally visiting.
In addition, there would be a 100-foot by 100-foot gravel storage area enclosed by chain link fence north of the building.
The city’s planning commission unanimously approved the plan earlier in the month. Among the conditions that needed to be met were a “Determination of No Hazard to Air Navigation” approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
According to documents related to the project, the building will cost $4,020,000 and be owned by Precision.
“This is a great asset, and the community thanks you for bringing in this type of industry,” said council member Joe DiGenova.
“The city of Delaware has been extremely supportive of us over the years, and we enjoy being here,” King said.
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