In its 81st year in business, Levan Machine and Truck Equipment in Ruscombmanor Township celebrated the need for expansion Tuesday by introducing its new 8,000-square-foot production facility.
Demand for quick turnaround times with assembled trucks, machined parts and repair projects led to a third building completed this month by Descco Design & Construction Inc., based in Richmond Township. Levan Machine & Truck Equipment, which has a staff of 30, could add eight employees over time because of the addition.
The new production facility, which has six truck bays, is a pre-engineered building made out of steel, with concrete surrounding the lower portion. A galvanized steel roof covers it, and the heating system will work through the floor in winter months.
Custom specifications, even as minuscule-seeming as installing an exterior toolbox higher or lower or on one versus another side, are a part of what kick-started this need for more truck bays.
Brian Levan, president and CEO, is the grandson of the company’s founder, Walter Levan, who opened the business in 1936.
“Making sure our distributors get what they need, and when they need it, is what matters since this is their livelihood,” Brian Levan said at the event.
Two already existing production facilities are across the street and total 12,000 square feet.
During World War II, Brian Levan’s grandfather was drafted into the U.S. Navy, where he served as a machinist on a ship in the Pacific Ocean.
In that time, Brian Levan’s grandmother, Sarah Levan, operated the shop after learning to run the lathe to fabricate needed parts, including ones contracted by the government for the war.
From 1969 to 1992, Brian Levan’s parents, Carl and Janet Levan, ran the business.