The Covington News - - Sun­day, march 4, 2012 lo­cal -

plas­tic trim for doors and win­dows, but also pro­duces trim for golf carts, glass wrap, boat rub rails and dock bumps, point of pur­chase signs used in re­tail stores, clips that hold signs on shelves and any cus­tom needs that busi­nesses de­sign.

“Ba­si­cally we con­vert pel­lets of PVC (polyvinyl chlo­ride) into pre­cisely shaped strands (pro­files) of PVC, us­ing heat and pres­sure, for use in win­dows and door, among other ap­pli­ca­tions. Think play-dough ma­chine on steroids,” said Plant Man­ager Tim Mccormick, a New­born res­i­dent.

The com­pany started op­er­a­tions Jan. 24. Ames­bury’s fa­cil­ity was con- verted from a shell build­ing to a fully op­er­a­tional in­dus­try in only five weeks by Pat­tillo Con­struc­tion, which built Lochridge In­dus­trial Park. The quick turn­around time was one of the rea­sons Cov­ing­ton landed Ames­bury in the first place.

The im­prove­ments to the build­ing added an ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion in value to the build­ing, said John Drake, Pat­tillo’s di­rec­tor of leas­ing and de­vel­op­ment.

Ames­bury hopes to ramp up op­er­a­tions dur­ing the next three to five years and ex­pects to em­ploy 35 to 40 work­ers and rep­re­sent a to­tal in­vest­ment of $7 mil­lion to $8 mil­lion at its peak.

“We are pleased to be op­er­at­ing in Cov­ing­ton and are very for­tu­nate to have found a great core group of mo­ti­vated in­di­vid­u­als to help us launch and grow our busi­ness here,” Mccormick said. “We look for­ward to a long fu­ture of con­tin­ued and in­creas­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

While Pal­metto Au­to­matic Sprin­kler Com­pany (PASCO) has much less equip­ment than Ames­bury, the com­pany al­ready em­ploys 53 work­ers.

Ge­orge Ford, who han­dles sales and op­er­a­tions, said the ma­jor­ity of the work­ers were hired lo­cally and that the com­pany has spent about $250,000 on build­ing im­prove­ments and equip­ment, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles.

The Cov­ing­ton of­fice is full ser­vice, in­clud­ing de­sign­ing and in­stalling sprin­kler sys­tems and ser­vic­ing ex­ist­ing fire sprin­kler sys­tems. This is PASCO’S third of­fice; the com­pany em­ploys ap- prox­i­mately 140 to­tal em­ploy­ees.

Drake said Lochridge con­tains around 20 com­pa­nies and has space avail­able from 5,700 square feet to 200,000 square feet, in­clud­ing both multi and sin­gle-ten­ant build­ings.

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