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Leonard Automatics Moves to New Denver Business Park

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Leonard Automatics was the first industry to break ground at Denver’s Balsom Ridge Business Park today. Located on four acres of land in the new industrial park, Matthews Construction is contracted to execute construction of the new 30,000 square-foot facility.

Pete Acker, Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) Chairperson, Tom Anderson, Lincoln County Commissioners Chairman, and Lynn May, Balsom Ridge Business Park’s Developer, welcomed the expanding industry to its new location. Industry employees and community members joined the celebration. Leonard Automatics, Inc. was formerly located at 6645 Denver Industrial Park Road in the Denver Industrial Park next door.

“We’re really looking forward to this new location,” says Jeff Frushtick, Owner and President of Leonard Automatics, Inc. “Our continuous growth as a company finally surpassed the last facility space and this new 30,000 square-foot building with 5,000 square feet of office space will take us to the next level,” adds Frushtick. The new expansion means added production and additional employees for the company. According to Frushtrick, the new building will allow the company to continue existing product lines, explore new markets and improve manufacturing processes and infrastructure.

“We’re always excited to see existing Lincoln County industries like Leonard Automatics, Inc. expand,” says Pete Acker, LEDA Chairman. “The new Balsom Ridge Business Park in Denver offers industries an attractive, secure and convenient environment to operate,” he adds.

Leonard Automatics, Inc. moved to Denver, North Carolina in 1980. Jeff Frushtick, current owner and president, joined the company on a full-time basis in 1982. The industry moved to Denver Industrial Park in 1985 and began manufacturing its own line of finishing equipment for the garment manufacturing industry. They also expanded into the industrial laundry market with a line of finishers for rental uniform companies at that time.

Now recognized as world leaders of product design and services in the industry, the company’s reputation of excellence and innovation sets them apart for long-term success. With several patents for equipment designs, Jeff Frushtick has accepted multiple awards from industry associations, including the prestigious James Biggie Award for a lifetime of contributions to the laundry industry. The company’s new “triple pass technology” redefined how the industry finishes garments. Their patented AutoFilter is seen as a significant revolution in filtration design.

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