CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Silicone Solutions has moved into a new plant in Cuyahoga Falls that roughly doubles the space it had in its previous location.
The firm spent $500,000 on its new factory and invested another $300,000 on equipping and renovating it, according to David Brassard, founder and president of the firm. The site sports roughly 11,500 square feet of space, compared to between 5,000 and 7,000 square feet at the leased facility it vacated in Twinsburg, Ohio.
Silicone Solutions wanted to purchase its former home and take over additional space but Brassard and the owner of the site couldn't reach terms. So he enlisted a realtor that identified about 15-20 buildings in the region that were roughly the right size, though many of them would have required a bit of work.
"This was the most expensive and didn't require that much," he said.
But Silicone Solutions did do a fair amount of work to customize it to the firm's needs, according to Brassard. That included putting in a color laboratory, quality control lab, physical test lab, a maintenance area and constructing a new dock with a larger door to accommodate deliveries. It also purchased the contents of a research and development lab and located that to the new facility.
Even with the extra space, he said the company still is a bit tight in its new digs. "We own land to the south of us so we can build out," the company president said. "I hope not to do that, but you do what you have to do for continued growth."