Friday, 17 May 2013 11:00

Steel tubing company to build facility in Cheyenne

Steel tubing company to build facility in Cheyenne

A California-based company announced it will expand its operations and build a new facility near Cheyenne.

Searing Industries, based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will construct a new 200,000-square-foot building in the Swan Ranch Rail Park. Workers there will make welded steel tubing.

The rail park, located southwest of Cheyenne and west of Interstate 25, is a Granite Peak Development industrial park.

The plant will have some of the latest equipment like a state-of-the-art tube mill. It converts raw steel material in coil form to round, square and rectangular tubing.

About 50 people will work there at first. A few key employees will come from the California operation, but the company plans to hire local people for jobs in maintenance, for the office and shipping areas, in forklift operations, and as electricians and general laborers, company President Lee Searing said Friday.

Richardson Construction of Cheyenne, the project’s general contractor, has started to build the new facility. Work should be done in August or September.

“We think this a really good thing for Cheyenne, and we’re very pleased,” said Randy Bruns, chief executive officer of Cheyenne LEADS. The private, not-for-profit group is the economic development arm for the city of Cheyenne and Laramie County.

Cheyenne LEADS partnered with Granite Peak Development to create an incentive package to help Searing Industries with its expansion.

The facility will be about two-and-a-half stories tall and about the size of Sierra Trading Post, which is located in the Cheyenne Business Parkway on the east side of town, Bruns said.

The steel tubing company’s products can be used on such things as motorcycles and the framework of an office building.

The late Richard Searing and sons Lee and Jim Searing created Searing Industries in 1985.

The elder Searing was one of the first employees to run a tube mill in the United States, dating back to 1948. He owned three tubing operations before he and his sons started Searing Industries. When he died in 1998, the company continued with the brothers’ leadership.

“We look forward to the opportunity to expand into the Cheyenne community and continuing to service clients from the Cowboy State,” Lee Searing said in a news release.

The company did not disclose how much the facility will cost.

Searing Industries is one of the country’s most respected and sought-after manufacturers on the West Coast, according to a news release from Cheyenne LEADS.

The new facility is being built on land served by rail lines. BNSF Railway operates a rail service there now, and Union Pacific Railroad will do so in the future.

Searing Industries would not have come here without access to rail service and without Granite Peak Development, Bruns said.

Company officials had considered other sites, Lee Searing said Friday. He agreed that access to rail service is a big plus.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to grow Searing Industries,” Searing said.

Construction of the steel tubing facility is “a whole package of good things,” Bruns said. “Any time we get capital investment and new jobs, it’s good. But beyond that, this is a very good company.”

The heavy manufacturing company will help diversify the area’s economy, Bruns said. Heavy manufacturing jobs, in particular, are very good jobs and create a lot of spinoff economic activity, he said.

“This is a family-run company, and they’ve got a strong set of business values and ethics,” Bruns said.

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