Meadville Tribune

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March 1, 2013

Business park expansion moving ahead

VERNON TOWNSHIP — Major expansion efforts already are under way at the Crawford Business Park in Vernon Township for 2013, according to Mark Turner, executive director of the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County.

The work is due to the growth of Acutec Precision Machining Inc., a local aerospace parts manufacturer, Turner said as he outlined projects in 2013 at the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County’s annual meeting Thursday night.

The undertaking will about double the manufacturing space Acutec leases at the business park, owned by the Economic Progress Alliance.

Acutec current leases 79,000 square feet of first-floor space at the park and plans to boost that total to 169,000 square feet by 2014. About 40,000 square feet of space will be added by June this year as renovations already are started, Turner said.

The project is triggering a relocation of social services agency Family Services of Northwest Pennsylvania from a first floor to a second-floor area and additional renovation work starts at a separate four-story building.

An $843,250 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Infrastructure Development Program will help pay for renovations to the first floor of the four-story building. The first floor will house the EPA’s maintenance facility.

The grant also will pay for an elevator to access the upper floors of the four-story building for future use and pay for a new 100-car parking lot to accommodate business expansion.

Plans call for the upper floors of the four-story building, which was the chemical laboratory for the former Avtex Fibers Inc. plant that once occupied the site, to be renovated in future years as office space.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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