PLYMOUTH - MPL Solutions broke ground Wednesday on an expansion that will double its size in the town’s business park.
Mayor David Merchant and Matthew Laukaitis, the company’s owner president, did the honors at 25 Lassy Court.
Laukaitis said the building will grow from its present 6,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet to accommodate his growing business, which processes used computers, servers and work stations and sells the scrap materials to China.
MPL moved into the business park about a year ago, Merchant said, telling Laukaitis, “We are gratified that not only did you see the benefits of moving to town, but now that you are continuing to invest in Plymouth.”
“It’s always great to feel supported and wanted, and Plymouth continues to make me feel very much at home, Laukaitis said. “The town again worked with me at every step of the process, and I’m really pleased with their ongoing involvement. Moving here and now expanding here were definitely the right choices for MPL.”
“Given our high-tech orientation and our corporate image, it’s also great to be located in such a natural, parklike setting, while still having great access to markets and to workers,” he said. “Just this week, we hired a new employee, with other hiring planned for the near future. We’re thrilled to be adding to both our facilities and our employees.”
Laukaitis expects his expansion to be completed by the end of the year. He and his wife, Courtney, who is also involved in the business, told the mayor “we look forward to a long relationship with you and your town as we continue to grow.”
Merchant said that, when MPL moved in last year, it took over the last vacant building in the business park.
Lassy Court will also be home to Graham Tool’s new 8,000-square foot-facility. Graham Tool is now in a building half that size on Container Drive. That building will be sold, Merchant said.
“Too often I’m afraid towns take businesses for granted, but my administration has been highly proactive in assisting our local firms as they grow, as well as connecting with out of town companies to let them know about the many benefits Plymouth has to offer, and how business friendly we are. The word’s out that Plymouth is a good place to do business, and we’re seeing the results,” he said.
Tom Hill, the commercial real estate consultant who worked with MPL on its relocation and later expansion, said he showed Laukaitis a number of locations “and he chose Plymouth over all those other markets.”
Hill said they researched each town and found Margus Laan, Plymouth’s director of planning and economic planning, to be “really helpful.”
So it was not just the location but “the fact that it was also a friendly town that wanted him here that helped,” Hill said. “I work a 50-mile radius, and I see all the towns and all the players. It’s a pleasure to come to a town where they like the customer.”
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.