Tampa-based Traffic Control Products is preparing to build its first company-owned warehouse and offices in Central Florida near Sanford, with an eye on expanding its service to the construction industry.
The company, which supplies traffic cones, barriers, highway striping and other products for road work, has been renting offices in Orlando at 249 N. Ivey Lane.
General Manager Thomas Wasielewski told GrowthSpotter the company's future headquarters at 2683 Richmond Ave. in Seminole County will further its outreach for traffic projects to the state's east coast. The site is a half-mile south of East S.R. 46, and a block from East Lake Mary Boulevard.
"This site is good because it's a better central location for our type of work, especially to the coast, north and south," Wasielewski said. "And there's the financial aspect that's it's more economical for us to be there than it would be in Orlando."
Traffic Control Products has received site plan approval from Seminole County planners for two buildings on 5.7 acres at the northeast corner of Richmond Avenue and Brown Road. A two-story, 12,000-square-foot office will be built on the north side of the property, and a one-story, 20,000-square-foot warehouse on the south side.
Developing the project will cost between $700,000 and $900,000, Wasielewski said. The company, through affiliate T-Tyme LLC, bought the property for $295,000 in January 2016, according to county records.
Wasielewski said he plans to submit construction plans to the county in June and hopes to break ground on the site by September.
"By that time I hope to have contractors signed," he said. "I have a couple of building contractors and a couple of site guys I deal with directly."
Construction should take six to eight months, he estimated, with opening targeted for the first quarter of 2019. The company now has eight people working in the Orlando office, but Wasielewski plans to increase staff by 10 to 15 percent.
"I think we've been hurting ourselves by where we are physically located right now," he said. "The new area will give us better access to people."
The civil engineer on the project is Cycorp Engineering Inc. of Winter Springs.