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Mayday has groundbreaking at future site

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By Karina Ramírez / Staff Writer

Officials with Mayday Manufacturing, an aerospace parts company, broke ground Thursday to renovate a facility at 3100 Jim Christal Road.

In April 2012, officials with the company announced the purchase of an 80,000-square-foot building — a former pharmaceutical plant — with plans to change it from a warehouse to a manufacturing facility for Mayday and its sister company, Hi-Tech Metal Finish. The building is approximately one mile from their corporate headquarters at 1500 Interstate 35W.

Randy Kempf, CEO of Mayday Holdings LLC, said the company planned to move in around the middle of the fourth quarter.

“When we had our company Christmas party last year, we told the employees our plan is to have our next Christmas party here in the new building,” he said.

President Justin Beedle and Vice President Wayne Allen of Links Construction said they have been working with Mayday for six to eight months to renovate the facility.

While updating the interior, 13,000 square feet of office space will be added to the front of the building. Renovations also include new plating lines and waste treatment facilities for Hi-Tech as well as an improved flow of product, according to the company’s website.

The cost of the interior renovation is estimated at about $3.7 million while another $2.8 million is estimated for the outside construction, Allen said.

The new facility is situated on 10 acres, allowing the company to expand as the need arises.

Kempf said Links Construction has been a good partner and he is looking forward to seeing the end result.

During the groundbreaking, Kempf recognized about 20 employees, most of which have been with the company for more than 20 years.

“Whenever an employee has been with us for at least a year, they stay with us,” he said.

Kempf said that company has had an average of 20 percent growth per year since 2011. Previously, he said the company is expected to double in size by 2016.

Mayday Manufacturing employs 250 workers and has seven positions available, ranging from entry level to computer numeral control machinists.

Aimee Bissett, city of Denton director of economic development, said moving into the renovated building will allow Mayday to continue its present growth.

“Mayday is at maximum capacity in the two buildings that they are currently leasing, so the move to this new building will give them the space they need with room to grow,” Bissett said in an e-mail statement. “It will also put all of their employees in the same building, which will help facilitate teamwork and better processes.”

City officials and members of the Denton Chamber of Commerce also attended the groundbreaking. Kempf thanked Linda Ratliff, former economic development director, as well as Michelle Cunningham, the city’s business development officer, for their support of the remodeling project.

Mayday was founded in 1966 by the late Jim Nelson in Dallas. The company expanded to Denton in 1998 after years of operation in the Lewisville area. In 2009, the Nelson family sold the company to Piqua, Ohio-based Tailwind Technologies Inc.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is .