CRL Breaks Ground on 310,000-Square-Foot Manufacturing Facility in Vernon, Calif.
August 19, 2010

Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has broken ground on a new 310,000-square-foot manufacturing

At the event groundbreaking from left to right:  Lloyd Talbert, president of CRL; Mark Whitworth, City of Vernon fire chief; Don Friese, CEO; Hilario Gonzales, City of Vernon mayor; W. Michael McCormick, mayor ProTempore; William Davis, council member; and Richard J. Maisano, council member.

facility in Vernon, Calif. Eleven acres of land on 55th Street were prepared for the facility, which is estimated to be complete by February 2011. Hilario Gonzales, mayor of Vernon, participated in the groundbreaking along with members of the Vernon City Council, the city manager and other dignitaries. 

“With this new manufacturing facility, CRL will have close to 1 million square feet of office, distribution and manufacturing operations in Vernon,” says Donald E. Friese, CRL’s chairperson and chief executive officer. “This kind of expansion could not take place without the continued and growing support of our customers, and we are most appreciative of the help and encouragement they provide. We are grateful to the City of Vernon, Mayor Gonzales, and all the local officials whose assistance and cooperation helped make this possible.”

Friese continues, “This past year has been marked with tremendous growth for CRL. CRL of Europe recently completed the construction of our new 75,000-square-foot headquarters near Manchester, England, and is now serving customers from this location. We also completed and moved into our new 65,000-square-foot facility at 2450 Vernon Avenue across the street from our headquarters complex. This facility houses the manufacturing operations of our newly acquired Jackson Manufacturing and Blumcraft of Pittsburgh companies, two very well known and respected companies in the industry.”

Friese concludes, “The new manufacturing facility is intended to house new growth as we expand our manufacturing operations and our product lines. Our 38th Street manufacturing facility will continue to be fully operational. As a company, we continually challenge ourselves to grow and improve, bringing our customers the finest and most comprehensive line of products in the industry.”

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