Door plant nears opening in Starpointe

July 17, 2013
The first phase of a plant that will produce high-speed industrial doors will open by the end of July in Starpointe industrial park near Burgettstown. - Photo courtesy of Fourth River Development

The first phase of a plant that will make high-speed industrial doors in Starpointe industrial park should be completed by the end of this month, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Sally Flinn, a principal with Pittsburgh-based Fourth River Development Co., said architects were doing a walk-through Wednesday afternoon of the 65,000-square-foot first phase building constructed for Hörmann Flexon LLC, a German company that is currently operating in leased space in Leetsdale. Flinn said power to the new structure was activated on Tuesday.

“All of the work in the first phase building should be completed by July 31,” Flinn said, adding that the company intends to add additional square footage over the next two years that will bring its total footprint in the park to 220,000 square feet.

The company broke ground for the building in July 2012. It is being developed near Burgettstown by the Washington County Council on Economic Development. Fourth River is marketing the park to industrial companies for WCCED.

Once the first phase is open, Hörmann will move its current workforce of 30 from Leetsdale to the new building.

Flinn said additional people will be hired as the company continues to expand on the site. The company plans to double its workforce there in the next two years.

With 24 production plants worldwide and customers in more than 40 countries, Hörmann Flexon is the largest manufacturer of doors, door openers and loading dock equipment outside the United States, and is known as a global leader in door technology.

The automatic doors, which can be as wide as 30 feet, have efficiency and environmental appeal to large manufacturing plants, car dealerships and food-production companies because they can stop the movement of warm or cold air.

In addition to its Leetsdale site, which produces automatic doors, the company also manufactures residential garage doors in Montgomery, Ill.

Michael Bradwell has been business editor for the Observer-Reporter since 1995, and was named editor of The Energy Report in 2012. He joined the newspaper in 1990 as a general assignment reporter in the Greene County bureau and has also worked as a copy editor. A 1974 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in English, he began his career at the Bedford (Pa.) Gazette. Prior to joining the O-R, he served as public relations director for Old Bedford Village, account executive at two Pittsburgh public relations agencies and copywriter for the country’s largest wholesaler of mutual funds.

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