A cable and telecommunications construction company based in the Cleveland area recently put down deeper roots in Violet Township, and local officials hope the investment is a sign of things to come.
On April 1, South Shore Cable Construction Inc. culminated a further commitment to Violet Township when it opened the doors to a newly-constructed office and warehouse at 8799 Basil Western Road.
The new facility is less than a mile from an office it leased for 17 years in the township at 8883 Basil Western Road, but at a total of 14,000 square feet – 2,000 square feet of office and 12,000 square feet of warehouse – South Shore president and chief executive officer Daniel Geib said it is five times larger than the old facility.
"We were leasing space a couple doors to the west in a multitenant space," Geib said. "We've improved our logistics immensely.
"There's additional parking and additional outside space in the yard for storage and equipment.
"The additional warehouse space allows us to secure the majority of our assets under roof overnight."
Run by Geib and his brother, company Vice President Jay Geib, South Shore Cable Construction is an outside plant construction services company in the telecommunications and cable television industries.
"We plant aerial cable, pole-to-pole, and underground," Daniel Geib said. "We work with copper, coaxial cable and fiber optics."
In addition to space for equipment and storage, the new facility already has enabled South Shore to expand its local workforce from 25 to 35 employees, and Geib said the company plans to grow to 50 local employees within 18 months.
Although no income taxes are collected from the area where South Shore's facility was built, Geib said the activity of having more of his employees start and end their workdays at the Basil Western Road facility enhances sales to local businesses and, "more importantly" allows South Shore customers in the area to enhance their "implementation of new technology."
Violet Township Development Director Holly Mattei echoed those sentiments and said South Shore's project could help springboard further development in the corridor, which is in close proximity to U.S. Route 33, as well as Diley and Hill roads.
"South Shore Cable has invested a substantial amount of money into a growing commercial industrial corridor within Violet Township, which increases property values and serves as a catalyst for attracting other businesses to the area," Mattei said. "As Violet Township continues to grow, the demand for telecommunication infrastructure increases.
"South Shore partners with the telecommunication businesses to lay the necessary infrastructure needed to support future development."
Mattei said the project also was important to the township because it retained jobs locally.
"South Shore Cable, prior to expanding, employed 25 people within the township that live, work and play within our township and region," she said.
"It was important to us that we retain those jobs in addition to the jobs being created with this expansion project.
"These employees support other service industries within our community," Mattei said.
"It is a ripple effect. We are always working to attract new businesses and to help our existing businesses stay and grow in our township.
"It creates a healthy economic base to support a high quality, attractive community."