Manifold & Phalor received its final building approval and could be open in Canal Winchester as early as the end of September, according to company president Tom Creek.

Manifold & Phalor received its final building approval and could be open in Canal Winchester as early as the end of September, according to company president Tom Creek.

Ground was broken Nov. 25 for the custom metal fabrication company to build a 30,000-square-foot facility at its site west of the intersection of Diley and Busey roads.

The company produces individual machine components and parts, as well as complete custom machines for industrial customers.

Manifold & Phalor is starting with a 30,000-square foot building but has room to expand to 120,000 square feet, Creek said. Currently, it has about 30 employees but will start hiring in the fall.

"I expect that we will probably be adding 30 percent to the workforce (within the next six to eight months)," he said.

Many of the firm's employees live in Pickerington, Canal Winchester and Lancaster, he said.

"They are very happy we are moving down here a much shorter drive to work," Creek said.

"They have their final building approval," Canal Winchester development director Chris Strayer said. "They are in the process of moving in equipment."

Creek said Manifold & Phalor has been slowly transferring its operations from its Reynoldsburg facility but it will be several weeks before everything is moved from Reynoldsburg to Canal Winchester.

"We are extremely excited," Strayer said. "This relationship has been ongoing for the last 18 months. We are happy to get through the process, get it built in a timely fashion and welcome them into the community."

The company hoped to make the move in spring, but was delayed because of the poor economy. Creek said previously said Manifold & Phalor suffered sales losses of 25 percent for the first few months of the year.

"There were also the usual construction and weather delays the normal types of things that delay a project," he said. "I would like to be in by the end of September."

He said Canal Winchester is the perfect location for the new facility. The building is four times as big as the company's current 9,000-square-foot location in Reynoldsburg, which opened in 1946.

"We had to relocate out of Reynoldsburg because there was no room to expand on this property," Creek said. "We see some opportunities to grow."

The move has gone smoothly to date, he said. The village worked hard to make the transition as easy as possible, he said.

"We have done a lot of work in the village the last couple of years to streamline the process," Strayer said. "We want to make it easy to get constructed, up and operational as quickly as possible."

Creek said a grand opening celebration will be held once the company is 75 to 80 percent moved in.

"You hate to wait until 100 percent," he said. "That just never seems to happen. It's like moving into your house and thinking you are going to get everything fixed."

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