LGE breaks ground on METSO facility

LGE Design Build broke ground on a 44KSF service facility for Metso Corporation on June 6.  The facility will be located at Pecos and Sossaman roads in Mesa, Ariz.

The new facility is ideally positioned and equipped to service Metso’s customers throughout the southwest U.S. and northern Mexico.  The new facility will accommodate a wide variety of mining, construction, recycling services and advanced repairs, as well as direct on-site repair and field service.

LGE is handling both the design and construction of the new facility which includes notable design features including a large service area that will house two 60-ton bridge cranes as well as welding and machining bays. The bridge cranes will enable Metso to service and repair very large-scale mining equipment, including grinding mills, crushers and screens – all key components to mining operations in the region.

The building will also provide ample office and workspace for approximately 65 current
office and field Metso Services team members who will be based there, including up to 40 new positions.  These positions (some existing and some new) will cover a variety of skill sets, from machining, welding and fabrication to field service and administrative personnel.

 

Randall Reisinger, Metso Senior Vice President, Service Business Line Operational
Hubs, said the new facility provides and extension of Metso’s strong existing presence in Mesa.

 

“Our service team has been established here since the mid ‘90s,” he says, “which makes
this location ideal for our employees and their families who already call it home. It’s a move that allows us to expand our physical capacity and our capabilities, while remaining in an area that’s served us and our customers so well for so many years.”

Construction of the service facility, located on a 10-acre site on Pecos Road in Mesa, will
begin immediately with completion slated for the first quarter of 2015.  In the interim, Metso is leasing a fully equipped facility nearby, giving them a “jump start” on the expanded service offering they plan to deliver starting in 2015. Metso has already transferred existing employees to this leased facility, and there are plans to fill several new positions in the coming months.

LGE Design Build president David E. Sellers said the project had both familiar and new aspects to it.  “We have been designing and building facilities like this one for two decades, but this one had a few different wrinkles to it,” he said.  “Needing to design a space that can accommodate the two 60 ton bridge cranes was challenging, but we came up with a design that is both functional and efficient.  It’s going to be a great facility that will allow Metso to create a greater footprint in Mesa.”

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