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Manufacturer KEMCO hones in on new location for future facility expansion

KEMCO wants to relocate into a new 100,050-square-foot manufacturing facility. Plans mention additional space for the potential to expand an extra 95,700 square feet.
KEMCO wants to relocate into a new 100,050-square-foot manufacturing facility. Plans mention additional space for the potential to expand an extra 95,700 square feet. (City of Sanford)

Metals manufacturer KEMCO is under contract to purchase property in Sanford that will house its future business operations.

Bobby Luthra, director of operations at PIB Land, confirmed the company is scheduled to close on 17 acres on the east side of Lake Mary Boulevard, north of Moores Station Road early next month. The three-parcel portfolio includes a lot owned by PIB Land, while the other two parcels are currently retained by a mixed ownership group.

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KEMCO’s primary business includes indoor metal fabrication and electrical panel manufacturing.

According to a Statement of Justification crafted by civil engineer SK Consortium Inc., the company, established in 1988, has outgrown its current space and is looking to develop a facility that’s nearly double the size of its 55,000-square-foot facility at 70 Keyes Court.

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KEMCO is under contract to purchase approximately 17 acres near the Orlando Sanford International Airport.
KEMCO is under contract to purchase approximately 17 acres near the Orlando Sanford International Airport. (Seminole County Property Appraiser/GrowthSpotter)

The statement claims the manufacturing business has grown over 100 employees and is seeking to expand in the Sanford area. Representatives at KEMCO did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Arco National Construction, a design/build general contractor based in St. Louis, Missouri, is the applicant.

Plans call for a new 100,050-square-foot manufacturing facility with additional space for the potential to expand an extra 95,700 square feet. Fort Myers-based GMA Architects & Planners is the architect listed in the plans.

Earlier this month, the applicant won unanimous approvals from Sanford’s Planning and Zoning Commission to rezone amend the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use designation of the properties to allow for future industrial development.

Development plans consist of a new 94-unit townhome community and future commercial component along Lake Mary Boulevard, south of the Boombah Sports Complex in Sanford.

The property owners are simultaneously seeking to annex the properties into the city.

According to a staff report, ARCO anticipates beginning construction by the second quarter of 2022.

Last year, KEMCO was looking at potentially building a new 100,000-square-foot facility on a 31-acre site, east of S.R. 417 and south of Chapman Road, near Oviedo, but plans fell through.

The site KEMCO is currently pursuing at 3851 E. Lake Mary Blvd. is located in close proximity to the Orlando Sandford International Airport, where a number of new residential communities are popping up.

Last month, GrowthSpotter reported PulteGroup is planning a new townhome community on 15 acres south of East Lake Mary Boulevard, on the northeast corner of Kentucky Street and Sipes Avenue.

Close by D.R. Horton is building over 400 homes on roughly 200 acres at and around 2401 E. Lake Mary Boulevard. The community will feature single-family homes on lots ranging in width between 45 feet to 120 feet, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and open recreational space.

Other active homebuilders around the Orlando Sanford International Airport include Ryan Homes, which is building the 374-lot Kensington Reserve single-family home community at 3828 Hanworth Loop. And Toll Brothers is building a 77-lot single-family home community called Parkview Place nearby.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 491-3357, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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