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Business moves to Ferncliff

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

A nationwide business will break ground in July in Louisa County to become the first company to locate in the 104-acre Ferncliff Business Park, located about a half mile from Courthouse Rd. on Three Notch Rd.

Patriot Aluminum, based in Albemarle County, plans to move its existing business to a larger 30,000-square-foot building on 2.9 acres in the park.

The company has been in operation for about four years and threads aluminum conduit and fittings at its factory.

“We’re actually the only American-owned and operated aluminum manufacturer in the country,” Tom Click, owner and CEO of Patriot Aluminum said.

Other businesses that offer the same products include Norsk Hydro and Indalex, which Click previously worked for.  Both are located overseas, in Sweden and Norway.

The structure will be constructed by the Louisa County Industrial Development Authority for about $1.5 million and leased to the company for $120,000 per year over a seven-year period.

“I’m excited.  It’s been a long process to get to this point,” Andy Wade, economic development director for Louisa County said. “The ability to start that park with a new business is very positive as they continue to expand.”

The company employs between 20 and 25 people, primarily production workers and truck drivers, according to Wade.  Click said that some of his employees hail from Mineral and Troy, and many are veterans, which he is proud of.

Patriot currently operates one shift per day, but could boost to two shifts as the business grows and expands.  Some of its business is dependent on projects, which could result in them running two shifts on occasion as those projects are accepted.

To read the entire story, see the April 25 edition of The Central Virginian.