Jan 13, 2015

Monroe woodworking shop moving operations to Miamisburg

A woodworking shop in Monroe has just begun the process of moving north.

The Woodworking Shop LLC has signed a contract with Mound Development Corp. for a 39,000-square-foot building in the Mound Business Park in Miamisburg. It hopes to close on the sales contract within 60 days and later this year to move and begin a rapid expansion, said founder Mark Sams.

"We're only moving 20 minutes north, but it's amazing how that 20 minutes will open up a whole new market for us," Sams said. "But we're out of space where we are, and we'll be able to grow."

The woodworking shop does commercial casework and millwork for hotels, churches and retail, including Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn and Kroger, with both cabinetry and wooden lockers. Sams said he hasn't done much business in the Dayton area, but has worked with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. But business particularly in the hotel sphere has been growing, and Sams said the move will help it grow in both Dayton and Columbus markets.

The shop has about 10 employees now. Sams said it will rapidly hire another five or so once it moves. The building, at 1195 Mound Road, was the former machine shop for the Miamisburg Mound, so most of the heavy electric equipment is already in place to support the shop. But Sams said he isn't sure how much investment in cosmetics and other upgrades will need to go into the building.

"It will be just about ready for us to go, at least initially," Sams said. "Dayton is going to be a new market focus for us."

The company's current space is 7,500 square feet, and the new space will help the business scale up, said Eric Cluxton, president of Mound Development Corp.

"This will allow the company to accept bigger business opportunities to grow," Cluxton said, "And it's great news for us to have a new tenant like this."

Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but Gerry Smith with Miller Valentine GEM, represented the Mound in the deal.

Source: Dayton Business Journal by Tristan Navera, Staff Reporter