Empty Ammo Plant Showing New Signs Of LIfe

Eighteen big and small companies now call the once moth-balled Ammo plant home.

"Of the 1.2 million square feet of useable square footage, we have about 50 percent of it leased to date," plant marketing manager Wayne Gouguet said. "One of our key tenants out here is Boeing, and they assembly the R-S 68 rocket motors occupying close to 100,000 square feet."

Officials hope to attract an even larger tenant once the equipment is removed from the 500,000 square foot building.

"Up to this point, we've had an impediment in which we had a lot of equipment that was blocking us from using some other space. The Army has elected to liquidate that equipment, and within this year by the end of the year we expect to have 500,000 square feet of space available that will be open," Gouguet said.

Everything inside the building will be auctioned off later this month. All types of manufacturing equipment, tools, and machines will be up for grabs.

"When we finish liquidating, we'll have open space that's going to be much more attractive to potential tenants."

Perhaps the most attractive incentive for a business or industry to plant their roots at the Ammo Plant is the money the government will give to an industry to remodel a building to suit its needs. That's one of the main reasons the owner of a marine equipment manufacturing company opened his business at the plant six months ago.

"One of the biggest advantages was the immediate availability of space, the availability of equipment machines that we could lease along with the space, manufacturing space," plant tenant Mark Scairono said. "After looking at several different locations this was obviously the best place to be."

The industrial equipment liquidation auction will be held July 25 and 26 at 10 a.m. But you can preview the items up for auction on July 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more on the auction, check out the auction company's web site.