Apopka-based design-build company FINFROCK will be growing its headquarters and staff to keep up with market demand for its pre-fabricated construction product, adding 7,000 square feet of office and expanding its manufacturing plant.
The company's rapid growth, now at nearly 500 employees, has created a need for more parking and office space. About 150 of those employees were hired since January 2016, said CEO Allen Finfrock.
"We are still looking for more [employees]," he said. "I can see us with dozens more by the end of this year."
The company applied for a permit in early April from the St. Johns Water Management District to relocate a retention pond on its office property to make room for expansions. The firm isn't seeking outside contractors, and will handle the work itself.
The third generation company of more than 70 years has kicked into overdrive after developing and patenting a new technology called the DualDeck Building System, a process that creates a sandwich with pre-stressed concrete floors and ceilings that are finished in the factory.
FINFROCK is investing about $6.6 million in expansion of the Apopka manufacturing plant. The 7,000 square feet of new office, planned for a single-story building attached to its main office building of 30,785 square feet, is estimated at $750,000 for the building and $250,000 for site work.
The spaces between the floors or ceilings are complete with chases for plumbing and electrical in the middle of the sandwich, as well as windows and door openings created in the factory so the entire building can be shipped to site on flat bed trailers and erected quickly, with little on-site labor other than a crane operator and erection crew.
FINFROCK is best known for parking garages, but the company has become vertically integrated in recent years that has allowed expansion into new market segments like multifamily and hotel construction.
The company built the Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue on the Gordon River with its new multiple-patented construction techniques to prove the process works about a year ago, and business has blossomed since.
"About half our work is parking, but we have a lot more non-parking work now like student housing," Finfrock said.
The company has also designed, engineered and is building Alliance Residential Company's 268-unit Broadstone apartments in Winter Park on the 73-acre Ravaudage property along Lee Road. On the 73-acre Ravaudage property.