Lake Zurich manufacturer seeks 3rd expansion in 7 years
May 9, 2016
Lake Zurich trustees gave a green light earlier this month to a drainage product manufacturer that seeks to expand for the third time in seven years. Tuf-Tite, 1200 Flex Court, wants to add 25,000 square feet to its existing 140,000-square-foot headquarters in the village's industrial park, according to an April 25 letter to Lake Zurich officials from Flex Construction, who would build the proposed project. After a brief, informal review of the proposal on May 2, village trustees sent Tuf-Tite to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a May 18 public hearing on its zoning variances for the project.
Ted Meyers, owner and president of Tuf-Tite, said the company needs to expand again to create more warehouse space, but it does not plan to add employees for the possible expansion. "We're always adding employees, but not directly because of the addition," Meyers said. "We're putting the addition on because we need more warehouse."
Meyers attributed the growth of Tuf-Tite, which manufactures drainage and septic products, to his staff of about 100 employees. "We just work hard, and I've got a good bunch of people over there," he said. "We've been doing this for 35 years, and it's finally paying off." Tuf-Tite, which moved from Wauconda to 500 Capitol Drive in Lake Zurich in 2000, relocated to its current location in 2005, Meyer said. That building was expanded to accommodate growth in 2009 and 2012, according to the Flex letter. The proposed expansion would eliminate existing parking and create a new parking lot at the rear of the property that would be accessible from Telser Court, the letter said. Lake Zurich officials said they are happy to see Tuf-Tite expand within the village. "We're very pleased that Tuf-Tite is back before the village again for another addition," building services supervisor Mary Meyer said. "With this addition, they do need some relief."
The requested zoning variances include Tuf-Tite exceeding the maximum floor-area ratio, allowing a dock door to face a public right-of-way, and a "slight encroachment" onto the facility's front yard property, Trustee Jonathan Sprawka said. "They really didn't see any other way for the addition to take place without that relief," Meyer said. If the village formally approves the project, Flex Construction plans to begin work on the expansion in August and finish the project during the first quarter of 2017, said Kelly Sheehan, permit and contract coordinator for Flex.
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