New Facility Welcomes Community Support at a groundbreaking
Beginning with a groundbreaking on 30 June 2005, and with the help of Governor Ted Kulongoski, LEKTRO embarked upon the expansion of their facility at 1190 Flightline Drive at the Astoria Regional Airport. The expansion is the result of a U.S. $3.5 million project with the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, Northwest Oregon Economic Alliance, City of Warrenton, and Bank of Astoria. This addition will also facilitate future expansion of the North Coast Business Park and the Astoria Regional Airport.
The LEKTRO factory now encompasses 92,100 square feet and employs 50 part-time and full-time workers. The addition of 15,300 square feet to the manufacturing facility and 8,000 square feet of mezzanine office space will enable this firm to double its workforce and quadruple production capacity. The expansion includes state-of-the-art paint and spray-on bedliner booths, plus sand- blasting facilities, all large enough to accommodate vehicles the size of semi-trucks.
On 24 February, Eric Paulson, president of LEKTRO welcomed Congressman David Wu, Senator Betsy Johnson and representatives from the offices of senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith to the newly-expanded factory in Warrenton for the dedication. More than 500 people and dignitaries attended the ceremony and open house.
LEKTRO recently celebrated 60 years of operation, the delivery of their 2,500th towbarless electric tug to client United Airlines, and export of equipment to Moscow, Russia, among other milestones.
This expansion will help LEKTRO continue to make innovative electric products, and serve their growing list of regional, national and global clients.