Ground broken on Chestertown business campus
Another part of phase one will be building an apartment complex, which is expected to have about 175 units.
“When people come to work for us, especially younger engineers ... they can’t seem to find a place to live,” Goodall said. “So we wanted to get into the apartment business, to keep those here that we attract.”
KRM is building the apartment complex and will initially own it, but the company will not manage the property..
Other components of the project include a possible new headquarters for Dixon and “speculative space,” which would be leased to other businesses to use.
“There is so much space here. We have a lot of land to do the right things the right way,” Goodall said. “If we put up buildings and we’re involved, we want everything to be the best.”
— Amid cheers and applause, golden shovels officially broke ground on the Chestertown business campus project during a ceremony Tuesday at the project site.
Held at 298 Scheeler Road, the ceremony was led by Dixon Valve & Coupling Co. CEO Dick Goodall and his daughter Kate Gray, president of KRM Development Corp.
“This isn’t just Dixon’s vision. It’s a vision for Kent County and Chestertown,” Goodall said.
Goodall said the campus will sit on 80 acres of land annexed by the Town of Chestertown last year and owned by the company. The main component of the project’s first phase is to build a new distribution center for Dixon, which currently is located at 800 High St.
He said the 150,000 square-foot-center will be fully automated.
Goodall thanked those involved with the project for their support; particularly different state agencies, the Town of Chestertown and the Kent County Commissioners.
“We are so lucky to live in a county and in a town that are cooperating together on this,” Goodall said.
He also said he was grateful to the companies’ staff for their dedication and hard work. He said today, Dixon has about 340 employees working in Chestertown.
“There’d be no need to build this great big building ... if we didn’t have the business to fill it with product,” Goodall said. “It’s all these local folks that make us who we are today. None of this would have been possible without the people we work with and the visions they bring.”
Site work on the distribution center is expected to begin in several weeks, with construction on the apartment complex to follow later this fall. Dixon is slated to move into the center in about 18 months.
The estimated overall cost of the Chestertown business campus will be about $80 million, paid for over the course of 10 to 15 years. Phase one — the distribution center and apartment complex — is expected to cost about $35 million.
PHOTO BY DORIAN MITCHELL Local and state officials and employees of KRM Development Corp. and Dixon Valve & Coupling Co. use golden shovels to break ground on the Chestertown business campus project Tuesday, at 298 Scheeler Road. From left are Taylor Goodall of Dixon, Dixon President Bob Grace, J.C. Canalichio of Dixon, Maryland Department of Commerce Managing Director Steven Pennington, state Sen. Steve Hershey, Dixon CEO Dick Goodall, KRM President Kate Gray, Dixon Vice President of Human Resources Mary Price ,Johan Trumpy of Dixon and Chestertown Town Manager Bill Ingersoll.
PHOTO BY DORIAN MITCHELL Dixon Valve & Coupling Co. CEO Dick Goodall speaks about the vision for the Chestertown business campus while his daughter Kate Gray, president of KRM Development Corp., holds a rendering of the campus’ layout during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.