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A business that has been taking orders since 2010 officially opened their doors Thursday in Mahoning County.
Nearly $10 million was invested by Industrial Piping Specialists for their new business inside the CASTLO complex in Struthers.
“It’s an old building,” said IPS President and CEO Ty Westfield. “When we got here there were a lot of wild animals in the building, raccoons in particular. So once we got the raccoons to leave, we got to work.”
CASTLO executive director Mike Hoza said the project started in August, 2012. He said it took about $1 million to renovate the building.
“It was pretty run down,” Westfield said. “This is an old steel mill area where they decided to make it a green area.”
There are still empty buildings in development but Hoza said he hopes if IPS is successful they will expand into empty buildings or help attract new businesses.
“I think once a lot of companies see IPS is here they are going to follow,” Hoza said. “They are going to be looking for space, they want to do business with IPS or have done business with them and they want to be close with them.”
IPS currently has 14 local employees working in the building but Westfield said he hopes to have as many as 60.
“Of course the good thing about the facility is that it offers the room to expand,” Westfield said. “That is one thing we saw in this facility— plenty of space we can build a building. We can expand our yard.”