Melton Machine & Control Company (MMCC) is purchasing 41.2 acres in the Elmer C. Heidmann Industrial Park as part of a major expansion project.
The sale of Lot 25 is the largest industrial property sale in Washington. It was approved by the city but the contract still needs to be finalized, according to Community and Economic Development Director Sal Maniaci.
According to Melton Machine CEO Stacy Lindsey, the company is now poised to expand the business.
“This purchase is the first step in our expansion plans to double our capacity and provide a path for future growth,” he said. “Now in our 48th year, we continue to invest in our business and in the Washington community.
“We would like to thank the city of Washington and the Washington Redevelopment Corporation for their continued support of our growth over the years,” Lindsey added.
The Washington 353 Redevelopment Corporation approved a resolution Wednesday authorizing the sale of the lot.
“Melton is one of our quality industries, and we are proud that the company decided to expand its operations here,” Bill Miller, Sr., president of the development corporation, said. “We wish the company continued success,” Miller added.
Doubling the size of the industry is phase one of the project, which is in the company’s 10-year plan.
“We are very excited about the purchase of Lot 25 by Melton Machine,” said Maniaci. “Melton has been a staple in our community for decades and their dedication to remaining and growing in Washington is something the city and the company can be very proud of. We look forward to their continued success.”
Lindsey said ground will be broken this year and phase one of the project is expected to be completed within two years from when construction begins.
“We expect to add a significant number of jobs over the 10 years,” he said.
A second, long-range 20-year plan would begin in about 10 years after phase one is completed, Lindsey added.
There are 120 employees at the Melton Bluff Road location and 56 employees at its subsidiary, Computech Manufacturing Company, Inc. located at 851 Vossbrink Drive. There is a total of 176 employees at the two locations in Washington.
MMCC is a premium-quality, value-focused equipment designer and builder, and an innovative, experienced partner in developing custom solutions for factory automation.
The company primarily designs and builds automated arc welding systems that are used to build exhaust assemblies, seat frames, suspension components and ride control products such as shock absorbers and struts.
It was founded in 1970 by Vernon L. Melton. In 1975 the industry moved to Washington. MMCC is employee-owned.