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Jefferson Co. firm to relocate

December 19, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A precast concrete manufacturing company has finalized separate real estate deals to sell its plant in Jefferson County and move to a site south of Martinsburg.

Virginia-based Americast Inc. announced earlier this month that it acquired the precast concrete plant owned by Mack Industries Inc. at 405 Corning Way in Berkeley County.

County Commissioner Ronald K. Collins said Thursday that the company was looking at property in Frederick County, Va., but ultimately decided to stay in the Eastern Panhandle.

"The addition of Mack's Martinsburg facility will allow us to continue business without disrupting our customers or employees," Americast President Bill Tichacek said in a press release earlier this month. "This acquisition will continue to strengthen Americast as a leading provider of quality precast concrete solutions in the Mid-Atlantic region."

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The purchase, which was finalized Dec. 3, came after Americast reached an agreement with the federal government this summer to sell its Halltown, W.Va., plant for the planned expansion of the neighboring U.S. Customs and Border Patrol training center, officials said.

Americast sold five parcels to the U.S. government for $6 million, according to a deed recorded Sept. 30 with Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan's office.

A Department of Homeland Security public affairs spokesperson could not confirm the transaction.

Americast said this month it was notified in January 2006 by the Department of Homeland Security that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Training facility wanted to expand next to the Halltown plant.

Americast said it approached Mack Industries in the fall to purchase the Corning Way plant, which is expected to allow a seamless relocation given the close proximity and similar product lines that have been manufactured by Mack Industries and Americast.

Collins said he didn't know if any new jobs would result from the relocation, but he welcomed any additional tax revenue potentially generated by the business, which he said employs about 80 people. An Americast spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Based in Ashland, Va., Americast Inc. says it is a leading supplier of precast concrete solutions in the mid-Atlantic region, specializing in design and manufacturing of stock and custom precast concrete products.

For more information on Americast, go to www.americastusa.com.

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