MINEVILLE — Essex County should consider expanding the Moriah Business Park, a representative of one of the firms located there told county lawmakers recently.
Essex County was honoring Pre-Tech Precision Machining of the Moriah Business Park in Mineville for its recent achievement of AS9100C high-quality certification when Pre-Tech Manager James Kahler made the suggestion.
Kahler accepted the award from Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) and Vice Chair William Ferebee (R-Keene), who were representing the Essex County Board of Supervisors.
“I think it would be beneficial if you thought of maybe putting another building in (Moriah Business Park) and getting some more business in there,” Kahler said.
”I think that there are enough people in this area to fill the voids of (a new building), so I would say that the area does have the people here to create a business like that. I do believe that that is something that you really should think about — another building in that area.”
Pre-Tech currently leases most of the original spec building constructed when the park opened in the late 1980s.
“It’s been an honor to be in the Moriah Business Park for 15 years,” Kahler said. “Hopefully, we’ll be there 15 or 20 more or even longer.”
Pre-Tech has no expansion plans of its own at present, he said.
Supervisor Gerald Morrow (D-Chesterfield) said the IDA has been looking at either building a new structure or expansion of the existing building in the Business Park.
“There is growth (to justify it). But we have to walk carefully. The county got into trouble for building a spec building. We are looking at (construction), taking it seriously.”
Morrow said the IDA used state grant money to construct the spec building, which was only for an already-leased building, not one with no tenants in it. Pre-Tech signed up later, and everything worked out, Morrow said, but they want to be careful all the rules are followed if grant funding is used again.