February 26, 2014 R.R. Simmons Design and Construction is pleased to announce the construction of a new manufacturing facility for Maxi-Blast of South Bend, Indiana. The new facility will be located on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg, Florida. The new 40,000 square foot facility is being designed and delivered by Simmons under a Design/Build agreement.
Maxi-Blast, Inc. is expanding its operations in St. Petersburg with this new facility. For over 30 years Maxi-Blast has specialized in the manufacturing and distribution of plastic blast media used for finishing and deflashing of industrial applications. Shipped nationally and globally, its line of deflashing material has been manufactured locally in St. Petersburg for as long as the company has been in business.
Looking to expand, Robert A. Donaldson, Vice President of Manufacturing, extensively searched Pinellas County for over five years to find the right land. With the success of his other St. Petersburg locations and the high-caliber of the local workforce, Mr. Donaldson was insistent upon staying in St. Petersburg. Finding the right location proved to be quite a challenge given the land shortage. With the assistance of the team of R.R. Simmons Design and Construction, Donaldson located a 3 acre parcel of land on Gandy Blvd., which was recently rezoned from retail to light manufacturing.
The R.R. Simmons design will increase production and distribution while maintaining the aesthetic standards of the City of St. Petersburg. R.R. Simmons will commence construction on February 26. Featuring an underground conveying system for raw materials and highly energy-efficient extruders and drying system, the state-of-the- art facility will add additional production lines and greatly expand capacity and storage to speed order fulfillment. Maxi-Blast anticipates adding additional manpower to staff to the production lines once construction is completed in early November 2014.
For more information about Maxi-Blast, Inc. and its products visit www.maxiblast.com. For additional information about R.R. Simmons or the Design/Build delivery approach visit www.rrsimmons.com