KINGMAN - A company with 11 locations and 930 employees in the U.S. and Canada will be moving into the Kingman Industrial Park this month.
Scot Industries, a tubing, piston and bar supplier, recently signed a lease for the old Jeld-Wen facility at 4550 East Mohave Drive and expects to become operational in early July. The company has plants in Wisconsin, Texas, Washington state, Illinois, Alabama, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.
"I think this is a big deal," said Bennett Bratley, acting director for the Mohave County Economic Development Department. "The jobs here are starting small, but Scot has always grown its plants and we expect the same here. A lot of the plants are quite large now. Scot management has indicated they've never shut down a plant before."
Bratley said his agency began talks with Scot Industries in July 2010, competing against Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and other areas in Arizona. Bratley said the company, in business since 1949, also provides honing, plating, cutting, heat treating, boring, machining, drilling and other processes at its plants.
Robby Anderson, West Coast operations manager for Scot Industries, said Bratley worked hard to recruit his company to Kingman. Anderson said the location was chosen because of its proximity to several major markets, including southern California. Anderson said the company initially will bring two or three employees from other plants, then look for "home-grown" workers. The company will start as a warehouse distribution site and offer light manufacturing.
"Kingman seems to be a decent-sized city, and everyone we talked to wants us there," said Anderson. "We're very excited to move in. We've been taking care of that territory from our plant in Washington state, and we really needed to find a closer location."
"This is a positive for the county and the city," he said. "I'm excited about it. This puts someone in an empty 60,000-square-foot building at the industrial park. And even when the construction industry was down, this company was expanding."
Bob Riley, director of economic development for the Kingman Airport Authority, said about 75 companies are located in the industrial park and he is thrilled to add another to the ranks.
"We're excited about Scot Industries," said Riley. "They've been looking for a place for a long time and we're very fortunate they chose to expand here, especially in today's economy."
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