Benner Commerce Park will soon be the site of a construction zone.
Mammoth Restoration & Construction is expected to break ground on its new headquarters at the Benner Township industrial park in the next week.
Mammoth purchased space from the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County in Janurary 2013, before the industrial park was sold to the Bellefonte-State College I-99 Partnership.
The partnership consists of local business leaders Paul Silvis, owner of SilcoTek, which opened last summer in the commerce park; Heidi Nicholas, of Nicholas Enterprises; and Bob Poole, owner of S&A Homes.
Mammoth’s move to Penntech Drive in Bellefonte, from 320 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap, is a small milestone for the partnership, Silvis said.
“Once you get a buzz and have companies moving in, it gets the energy and excitement up that there is movement and potential in the park,” Silvis said.
TMP Manufacturing, a Clearfield County-based business that manufactures outdoor refrigerators and freezers, also has purchased space in the park.
“A couple people are sniffing around, but no one else yet,” Silvis said.
Re/Max Realtor Scott Yocum, who is handling the lot sales, said he expects the parcels to sell for $70,000 to $80,000 an acre. That price range, however, is a loose estimate, he said.
“It’s not just about price per acre,” Yocum said. “It’s really about putting a price on land exposure. The larger the lot, the less the acre price; the smaller the lot, the more per acre.”
Currently, a 5.9 acre industrial lot is listed at $450,000.
Yocum said that, because Benner Commerce Park is off Interstate 99 in a Keystone Opportunity Zone — a state incentive program that offers tax breaks for businesses willing to set up shop on the property — it’s in a prime location.
Mammoth owner Chad Dubin thinks so, too.
“This was our best bet if we wanted to continue to grow. It allows us to prosper with more space and more storage,” Dubin said. “We are excited by the possibility to custom-build a structure that is a dream facility.”
Dubin said his company purchased the lot for about $400,000. The facility will cost Mammoth about $2 million, he said.
Dawn Sauer, in-house marketing manager for Mammoth, said the company has about 50 employees in Centre County and “will have a lot more capacity to continue to hire and hire locally.”
Mammoth is moving from a 5,000-square-foot space to a 40,000-square-foot facility on about five acres that will include a 4,000-square-foot cleaning facility for fire restoration work.
When fire or smoke causes damage to homes and businesses, Mammoth can remove all personal belongings to be cleaned and stored until restoration or rebuilding is complete. The company also does water-damage remediation and general construction, with satellite locations in Erie and Lancaster that opened last year, Dubin said.
The company was founded eight years ago as a franchise called PuroClean and changed into an independent company about five years ago.
Currently, only SilcoTek and Cleveland Bros., a heavy-equipment company, occupy space in the park. But construction of Mammoth’s headquarters is expected to be complete by October, Dubin said.