POINT PLEASANT — Since Halloween is approaching, it’s fitting to talk about things which have returned from the dead, including the Mason County Industrial Park just north of Point Pleasant.
The park, which used to house the West Virginia Cold Drawn facility, has now found a new lease on life with the occupancy of Steel Specialties, a company which does steel fabrication.
Steel Specialties purchased the cold drawn property, which has sat empty since 2012, and have sunk nearly $1 million into improvements in that property. Business partners Randy Cunningham and Greg Pendergrass started the venture and moved in back in January, along with site manager Brian Cunningham – all three men are from West Virginia.
Brian said when they purchased the building, it needed a lot work and the company has placed new conduit, writing, LED lighting and more.
“Everything is state-of-the-art now,” Brian said about the 33,000-square foot facility.
Pendergrass said it’s hoped the renovations will be done by January. However, the facility is operational and currently employs full-time workers doing steel fabrication with room to grow. Pendergrass said there was potential to grow the facility to employ 15 full-time positions.
The company, which has an identical facility in Dunbar, services anyone in need of specialty, fabricated steels, particularly those entities in the industrial world. From handrails to structured steel, to plate work – the facility can even cut 10-inch thick steel. Typical customers are power plants or coal mines, the oil and gas industry and more. The paint shop is the only one of its kind within 100 miles, Randy said.
The products made in Point Pleasant and Dunbar are shipped to places like Pennsylvania, Arkansas, North Carolina, as well as Mexico and South America and beyond.
Randy also talked about a small expansion of the facility in the near future to house a hand operated blast facility.
“This is a first-class operation for this type of work,” John Musgrave, director of the Mason County Development Authority said.
Musgrave, who visited the Steel Specialties facility earlier this week along with the Point Pleasant Register, hopes with this recent investment, it will attract more clients and businesses to the industrial park which sits along W.Va. 62.
To contact Steel Specialties, call 1-304-857-6523.
(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories on economic development in Mason County. Next week’s story will focus on the development at 2807 Jackson Ave. in Point Pleasant.)
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