McVEYTOWN - A growth spurt in business has enabled a McVeytown manufacturing company to expand to a larger, more accommodating facility.
Mountain Road Structures, located along U.S. 522, moved this past spring a short distance away from its previous location along Jack's Mountain Road. The main reason for the move, owner John Lapp said, was that the former facility was not suitable to the business' manufacturing volume.
The old building, which the company had been in since 1996, was "too tight," he said, and road access was limited.
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Mountain Road Structures, located along U.S. 522 in McVeytown, has moved to a larger facility due to business growth. The new production area is about 60 square feet larger than the old space, and offices, restrooms and lunch rooms have been added onto the business. McVeytown resident John Lapp, who owns the company with his son Joe Lapp, says the growth in business can be attributed partly to good employee work. Because of the larger manufacturing space, Mountain Road Structures now can produce 16-foot-wide buildings.
Lapp, who owns Mountain Road Structures with his son Joe Lapp, said the business manufactures mainly portable storage buildings and post frame buildings. It also sells lawn furniture, and provides metal sales for roofing and siding.
About 40 to 45 percent of the company's customer base is local, Lapp said, while about 55 percent is made up of wholesale dealers.
"That varies from year to year," he said.
The company's wholesale dealers are located in various neighboring regions, including West Virginia, western Pennsylvania including the Pittsburgh area, he said.
Lapp, of McVeytown, said the business's growth can be attributed to employees' good work, as well as dealers opening up new lots in western Pennsylvania.
"We give a lot of credit to our employees," he said. "I think that (has) a lot to do with our reputation today."
The business, which on average produces about 20 to 25 buildings a week, employs five workers, Lapp said.
The new manufacturing area is about 60 square feet larger, Lapp said, and restrooms, offices and lunch rooms have been added.
The new location, at 4597 U.S. 522 South, was actually purchased by the Lapps in 2008, and had since been used for agriculture.
"We felt it'd be a plus, of course, to bring the building down here where it has more exposure," Lapp said.
Besides just the larger space, Mountain Road Structures has added some different styles of products to its line, he said.
The company now makes portable two-story buildings, double-wide two-story buildings, and probably most importantly, can now produce 16-foot-wide buildings, Lapp said.
"Prior to that, 14 (feet wide) was the limit," he said.
The expansion also includes a place for lumber storage, which means employees don't have to carry as much material in from the outside, Lapp said.
In the future, Lapp said the company may consider adding an extension for more inside lumber storage and painting facilities, where employees would do paint and trim work outside of the main work area. An additional long-range vision, he added, might be to incorporate lumber sales into the business.
Joe Lapp, also of McVeytown, said Mountain Road Structures has been in business in Mifflin County for 15 years, and he wants to express appreciation to its customers.
"We ... look forward to continue serving Mifflin County," he said.
For more information about Mountain Road Structures call 899-7338.