WEST PITTSTON – Don’s Machine Shop is about go from big to bigger.
Plans were approved by the Luzerne County Planning Commission for the business to expand its building by adding a 24,373 square foot one story pre-engineered metal building with docks, a relocated access drive with a new parking lot for 71 vehicles and a new stormwater infiltration bed.
The building at 777 Ash St. currently stands at 77,000 square feet.
Nancy Snee, interim director of the Luzerne County Planning Commission, said the decision to approve the building additions was an easy one.
“When a plan is submitted to us, we do an administrative review and the county engineer does a technical review,” she said. “There are always items that need to be revised, letters that need to be submitted to us before we take it to the planning commission, but everything we required (from Don’s Machine Shop) had already been submitted to us. It was a very clean application.”
The new additions will cover 3.029 acres, will be served by public sewer and water systems and will be located in a General Industrial (M-1) Zoning District.
A financial security guarantee of $370,882.49 was submitted to the planning commission, money put aside for the developer to use to construct any infrastructure needed on the site.
The project will be constructed by SM Design Group, LLC. No timetable was given as to when construction will begin. Representatives from Don’s Machine Shop were unavailable for comment on Friday.
According to the company’s website, Don’s Machine Shop, Inc. was founded in 1981 by Donald Eifert and manufactures machine parts for companies around the globe.
Machinery used includes Ecotech Cylindrical Grinders, Mitsubishi Waterjets, HAAS CNC Turning Centers, and more.