QUEENSBURY — A Waterford-based company wants to build in Queensbury to create room for a small manufacturing operation.
Alltek Energy needs space to fabricate pipes for fire suppression sprinkler systems. The company acquired a Fort Edward fire suppression company three years ago and has been renting space in Queensbury ever since, but now it’s time to expand.
“We needed 4,000 square feet. We will do 12,000 square feet and it’ll give us additional room to grow,” said Alltek President Michael O’Connor. “For now, we’ll get tenants to pay the mortgage.”
The company will present its plan for the Carey Road Industrial Park at next week’s Planning Board meeting, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16.
The building would be on Carey Road, with 9,600 square feet of warehouse and industrial space and 2,400 square feet of office space.
The fire suppression division has 18 to 20 employees now at its rented Queensbury office. At the new location, it would expand to 25 or 26 employees, O’Connor said.
Alltek Energy has about 80 employees in total, he said.
The company builds mechanical, heating, cooling and other energy systems. Its workers are primarily on construction sites.
But coming north is a relatively new venture.
“We’re based out of Waterford and we have a lot of business connections here,” O’Connor said. “When we acquired a company out of Fort Edward, they had established a very good business relationship up north.”
The company, Fire Suppression Systems, was having financial difficulty, O’Connor said. He was friends with the owner and folded the business into Alltek. It is now called Fire Tek Sprinkler Systems.
If approved, the company would break ground in May and finish a year later, for a total cost of $500,000.
The building fits with the commercial light industrial zoning for the area. It is not expected to create a serious traffic impact, according to town notes in the application.