Specialty Silicone Fabricators’ new building began taking shape this week in northeastern Paso Robles as its pre-cast walls were lifted by crane.
The firm, which makes silicone components for medical devices, will use the 120,000-square-foot building at 3077 Rollie Gates Drive for its thermoplastics expansion, according to company president Kevin Meyer.
The building is going up near Paso Robles Municipal Airport off Highway 46 East.
The wall construction process, known as “tilting,” involves pouring the foundation slab, letting it cure and then creating forms on the pad for the wall segments, complete with cutouts for the windows and doors, Meyer said.
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The wall segments are then lifted by crane to a vertical position and welded together to make the building.
After the walls are up, crews will install the roof and start working on the interior improvements.
Among them will be the firm’s manufacturing “clean rooms,” Meyer said, with special walls and flooring to reduce dust and keep products free of contaminants.
Completion and move-in are scheduled for April 2011.
Financials of the expansion were not disclosed.
Founded in 1984, the company employs 350 people at its manufacturing operations in Elk Rapids, Mich., Tustin and Paso Robles. Two hundred employees are located in the North County.
— Tonya Strickland