Custom Milling & Consulting Inc. in Fleetwood broke ground Tuesday on a 33,000-square-foot property, next to its existing site, that will become a new warehouse and production facility by next summer, bringing with it up to 10 more jobs.
"We are actually growing a lot lately and are outsourcing more," Ashlee Story, sales and marketing administrator for Custom Milling, said of the $2.9 million project. "This will help increase our sales and allow us to keep growing."
Custom Milling, which makes milling and grinding equipment, currently has 45,000 square feet of space in three buildings.
The new warehouse will include a storage facility, which will save the company in rental costs for off-site storage to house its increasing inventory.
In addition, the new building will be used to grind, blend and mix products for clients who do not own milling and grinding equipment. Custom Milling said in recent years it has seen a significant increase in that area of its business.
"Because of the care required to process and analyze the products we make, we only run a one-shift operation," said Joe Zidik, vice president and co-owner of Custom Milling. "But now that our technicians are becoming better trained, we plan to add an additional shift and as many as 10 more employees in the coming year."
Custom Milling obtained a $1.6 million loan with the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority for the expansion. Associated Construction in Shillington will be the lead contractor on the project.