Frank Lowe Rubber and Gasket Breaks Ground on New Facility

Attending the official groundbreaking ceremony on August 29 were (from left) Jack Kulka, construction manager; Judy Rosalez,Frank Lowe v.p. of operations; Fred Braun and Mitch Paly, town of Brookhaven IDAs; Brian Foley, Brookhaven superintendent and Ira M. Warren, president of Frank Lowe.

Construction crews began foundation work on Frank Lowe Rubber and Gasket Co. Inc.'s new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility on August 29. The company plans to move into the new 60,000-square-foot building in Shirley, N.Y., by spring 2008. The new facility is approximately 20 miles east of the current location in Farmingdale, N.Y.

"This project has been in the works for over two years," says Ira M. Warren, president. "We made the decision to go forward with a new corporate facility that can double the size of our current 35,000-square-foot facility."

The new plant not only gives the company room to expand its operations, but will also serve to bring the corporate offices and the manufacturing facility under one roof. The company is planning on bringing in additional employees and has already ordered additional machinery for the expanded facility, according to vice president of sales and marketing Randy Cohen.

Established in 1955, the company has been steadily expanding during the past three decades. It moved from its 1,400-square-foot storefront in Queens Village, N.Y., to a 2,500-square-foot Whitestone, N.Y., facility and later to a 5,900-square-foot building also in Whitestone. The company relocated to Farmingdale in 1994 and increased its space from 15,000 square feet to 35,000 square feet in 2004.

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