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'Hamp Company Planning Move

July 26, 2005

From the Republican Archives

Republican, The (Springfield, MA)

July 26, 2005
Section: BUSINESS
Edition: ALL
Page: C08

'Hamp company planning move

DAVID BERGENGREN STAFF The Republican (Springfield, MA) 
dbergengren@repub.com

EASTHAMPTON - Owners of the Bay State Machine Co., which has operated in Northampton since the late 1970s, will meet with the Planning Board tonight to discuss plans to move to the Industrial Park here early next year.

A public hearing on the company's application for a special permit to double the size of the former Kleen-Bore Inc. building at 16 Industrial Park Way is slated for 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 50 Payson Ave.

The permit would allow Bay State to expand the building from about 15,000 square feet to about 30,000 square feet, co-owner Frank J. Basile said yesterday. Basile and his wife, Colleen Basile, own the firm.

Bay State Machine purchased the building and about 6.3 acres from P.E.J. Holdings, the owners of Kleen-Bore, last month for $1.3 million, Frank Basile said.

The expansion, if approved by the Planning Board, will cost about $1.2 million, he said.

Bay State Machine makes various component parts for industrial work being done by major corporations such as General Dynamics Inc. and others.

"We needed more space," Frank Basile said of the decision to move. "This building became available, and it fits our needs perfectly. There's land for future expansion. It's just what I've been looking for."

The expansion work, to be done by Hampshire Construction Co. of Hatfield, will be similar to the current one-story metal building that served Kleen-Bore, Basile said.

Bay State Machine's 25 full-time and approximately five part-time employees all appear prepared to make the move to Easthampton when the expansion project is complete, probably in about January, he said.

Basile said he hopes to hire more employees in the future if the business continues to grow as it has in recent years. "It depends on how much more business we can bring in," he said.

Once the move is complete, Bay State Machine will likely put its 10,200-square-foot building and approximately 1.5 acres at 78 Industrial Park Drive in Northampton on the market, Basile said.

Easthampton officials welcomed the company's plans. "It's very good to have growth of industry in Easthampton," City Planner Stuart B. Beckley said.

Referring to the influx of new industry, and to Bay State Machine in particular, Beckley said, "I don't think it's just money. I think it's also available space, and in this case I think the building at the site met their needs."

The Planning Board may vote on the company's requested special permit tonight, he said.

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