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NORTH PORT — Sixteen years ago, when King Plastic Corp. moved to North Port from Venice, it was hoped that the consolidation into one 157,200-square-foot facility would enable King workers to double their output.
In June, King received approval from the North Port City Commission on a development plan for an 100,800-square-foot expansion. Once complete, that expansion would again allow the largest private manufacturing employer in the city to double its output.
In the intervening years, King Plastic — a privately held company that employs about 155 people — has become an anchor of stability for a fast-growing city that can point to its success to attract other manufacturers to help boost the economy of Sarasota County’s largest city.
“King Plastic is important,” said North Port Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Gunnin. “It shows other light manufacturing companies that North Port is a viable spot to do light manufacturing.”
North Port Economic Development Program Manager Ruth A. Buchanan noted that King Plastic President Jeff King, as well as other top manufacturers in the city play a key role in her business recruitment and expansion materials.
“If you have an outright expressed endorsement by a local company that is successful, that means a lot,” Buchanan said.“He’s a successful business owner making it possible to run a successful international company right here in the city of North Port — that says a lot.”
A valuable advocate for the city when it courts new manufacturing, King modestly sees his company’s role in the city as that of a good neighbor.
Sarasota’s Atlas Building Company recently hired Charlie Woehle as vice president and project manager. Woehle has over 40 years of commercial construction experience in new construction and commercial renovations in both the public and private sector. His project experience includes educational, municipal, medical, industrial, retail and shipping facilities and numerous other types of construction ranging in price from $250,000 to $24.5 million. He will be managing the construction of a new 90,000-square-foot self-storage facility in Bradenton and the conversion of a 16,000-square-foot assisted living facility into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Fort Myers.
Atlas Building Company is completing site development and construction of a 90,000 s.f. climate controlled, self-storage building facility located at East State Road 70 and Caruso Road in Bradenton.
Ronald Zawistowski of Innovative Design Studios is the project architect. Construction is nearly completion.
Atlas is working in association with a joint venture partner on the newly awarded Charlotte County CM at Risk Services for Recreation Centers Renovations project. Work will be conducted in two phases; pre-construction and construction management on the sub-projects in the existing facilities at Harold Avenue, South County Regional and Tringali Community parks.
The renovations will take place in different areas of the sub-projects which include the multi-use gymnasium, fitness/wellness activity room, multi-purpose arts & craft room and storage areas, as well as functional and code improvements including kitchen upgrades. The scope also includes all related site work which may include parking, pedestrian and vehicle circulation, site and security lighting, signage, landscaping and irrigation, stormwater management systems, utility services and extensions.