Ground was broken Thursday for a large-scale relocation of a multi-faceted, locally grown operation to a Bryan industrial park.
Three associated companies, S&S Directional Boring, Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (ART), and OBIC LLC will make the move from their current County Road 17 home to a $2.5 million, 48,000-square-foot facility which is tentatively expected to be completed by April 2020, weather permitting.
The move will see the three firms’ collective employment numbers rise from 55 to 60-65 through the addition of inside and outside sales positions.
“Our offices and buildings are full. We need more space to grow so we can invest here and in town,” explained ART co-owner Dustin Schlachter.
S&S Directional Boring Ltd. was started in 1999 and offers directional drilling services to install things like water sewer cable and conduit underground with less excavation than a typical open-cut contractor. In 2007, a complementary business, ART, was started to offer rehabbing services for the interior of concrete and steel structures through polyurea and polyurethane. In 2017, OBIC was started to supply ART with polyurea and polyurethane, and supply material nationally and internationally for other installers the company has trained and certified.
The enterprise hopes to harbor additional growth at the industrial park on Bryan’s east side, and in the city itself, through the massive space it will move into next year, when it will begin to integrate its own new services, which Schlachter described as “on the horizon.”
“It gives us substantially more space to grow into and also a bigger vision to provide incubator growth space to other companies by renting out portions of the building or a large space,” said Schlachter.
“It’s a convertible space that can have additional dock and overhead doors added very easily if people come in and need a small space,” he added. “I talk about an incubator space, for a person that is building a widget in their garage and they need a space, this is an option for them. It can also be a large space for a warehouse and storage. It can be grown into different incremental sizes based on need.”
During Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony, a host of elected city officials, Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce members and family members of company leaders were in attendance to celebrate the occasion.
Schlachter elaborated on why Bryan’s industrial park was chosen.
“Being born and raised in Bryan, I care about it and I think it’s good to invest in the community,” he said. “I believe this will be a catalyst to get Bryan going again.”