Another new building? Yes, it’s so

SSN Staff  - 
Saturday, May 1, 2004

Pelco’s new facility could help accommodate 500 employees
CLOVIS, Calif. - Pelco is embarking on yet another expansion project, this time building a 144,000-square-foot facility on its 40-acre campus that will help the video products company accommodate at least 500 additional employees.
The project is slated to get underway later this year and will become the company’s sixth building at its corporate campus in Clovis. It will be known as Building Seven. The company also operates another facility, known as Building Four, in Orangeburg, N.Y.

“We’ve added two buildings over the past few years, with over 170,000 additional square feet,” said Carrie Migliore, executive vice president of Pelco. The company completed its most recent expansion project last year when it built a 40,000-square-foot facility to combine its marketing and engineering departments in a Product Development Center.

The need for a new building is the result of the company’s growth not just in the United States, said Migliore, but also internationally. The company has added European headquarters and offices in France, Spain and the Middle East. Distribution and support centers were recently opened in Montreal and Singapore.

“The trend is to develop these international markets to where they’re at least equivalent to North America in sales combined,” said Migliore.

Migliore declined to release annual sales numbers for Pelco, a privately held company, but the manufacturer currently employs 1,600 people and makes more than 3,000 different products. Along with its 40-acre campus, Pelco has the option to purchase 25 acres of nearby property for future expansion.

“The reasonable assumption is that we’ll need the space sooner than later,” said Migliore.

Pelco is considered the largest private employer in Clovis, Calif., a city of 80,000 people in a region known for agriculture and service industry work.

“It provides some of the higher- paying jobs,” said Jim Ware, president of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. “They have an excellent reputation in Clovis as being a good place to work.”

Pelco has not yet determined what functions will be performed in Building Seven, but Migliore expects that most departments will be impacted, from production to management. As part of the expansion project, Pelco is also adding a day care center for employee’s children.