DENVER, N.C. — Officials from Leonard Automatics and the local community broke ground here Nov. 14 at the site of the company’s planned facility in a new industrial park. It plans to move into the 30,000-square-foot facility built on four acres next summer.
“We’re really looking forward to this new location,” says Jeff Frushtick, owner and president of the tunnel finishing equipment manufacturer and supplier. “Our continuous growth as a company has finally surpassed our current facility and the new building will take us to the next level.”
The expansion will mean expanded production space and room to add employees. The new building will allow Leonard Automatics to continue existing product lines, explore new markets and improve manufacturing processes and infrastructure, according to Frushtick.
“We’re always excited to see existing Lincoln County industries like Leonard Automatics expand,” says Pete Acker, chairman of the Lincoln Economic Development Association. “The new Balsom Ridge Business Park in Denver offers industries an attractive, secure and convenient environment to operate.”
Leonard Automatics moved to Denver in 1980, and Frushtick joined the company on a full-time basis in 1982.
The company moved to Denver Industrial Park in 1985 and began manufacturing its own line of finishing equipment for the garment manufacturing industry. It also expanded into the industrial laundry market with a line of finishers for uniform rental companies.