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Steel-Pro to move Rockland business to Union, construct new facilities 

Tue, 08/16/2022 - 8:15am

    Steel-Pro Incorporated, currently based in Rockland, has purchased approximately 12 acres in Union and intends to relocate its manufacturing business there for increased production space.

    “We are excited to bring our company and employee-owners to the town of Union and look forward to building our new, state-of-the-art, facility in the near future,” said Steel-Pro President Steve Ladd. “Our goal is to increase our output capacity and our overall revenue, while continuing to add great career opportunities for people in the trades.” 

    The company cited, “continued, steady, growth” as the reason for its relocation efforts to 1980 Heald Highway (Route 17), which was owned by a sandblasting business.

    Steel-Pro will continue production at 771 Main Street, Rockland, while developing the new facility in Union. As of now, the post development future of the Rockland facility has not been decided. There is currently no set timeline for a move as the new location will require development and construction of the new facilities, the company said, in a news release.

    “The purchase of this property adds security to the strong future of Steel-Pro and all its employee-owners,” the company said.

    “The Union property will have more parking, more laydown area, an increased overall building size, and improved efficiencies with new technology and automation,” according to Thomas Kennedy, who is director of Business Development, “This location brings us further inland and will allow us to pull talent from new labor pools that were previously limited by our location on the coast.”

     Steel-Pro is currently hiring for welders, grinder/polishers, and general laborers. According to the company website, all employees are part of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and the company is 100% employee-owned. 

    The existing structures on the new property will be demolished in the near term as Steel-Pro works towards further developing the site. There is no plan to reuse any of the existing structure. 

    “Steel-Pro’s people design and build the highest quality fabrications that are used around the world, we deserve a facility that reflects who we are and what we do,” said Ladd. “While we are excited to start our next chapter in Union, we cannot forget the city of Rockland where Steel-Pro’s story began in 1978. The city of Rockland has always been great hosts to Steel-Pro and we are sad to go! Unfortunately, our needs have far outgrown our current space.”

    Steel-Pro produces stainless steel and alloy tanks and pressure vessels for pharmaceutical, alternative energy, life science, food and beverage, and other industries.