One of Deerfield Township’s largest vacant industrial facilities has new tenants.
On Friday, EPIC Technologies celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 4240 Irwin Simpson Road in the Governor’s Pointe office park.
Company officials say the 74,000 square foot building, formerly occupied by L-3 Nova Engineering, is both larger and more energy-efficient than the business’ previous 56,000 square foot plant in Lebanon.
“The other site was really dragging us and our business down and didn’t show well. This facility is 30 years newer and much more economical,” said John Smith, plant manager.
Filling such a large space won’t be a challenge for the specialty electronics manufacturer, said Smith. The company has 130 employees in Deerfield and hopes to add more positions in the future, he said.
“Our performance has allowed us to move and expand,” said Smith. ” Our customers continue to expand and we have leads on new customers.”
Company officials settled on the Deerfield Township location for its close proximity to “business-friendly” restaurants, hotels and shops, said CEO Bhawnesh Mathur.
“It’s amazing what an eight-mile distance makes. This area is much more vibrant and employees like it better,” he said.
The company’s move comes as an economic boon to Deerfield Township, said Chris Romano, president of Deerfield’s board of trustees.
“When one of the largest buildings in town goes vacant, it makes your heart flutter,” he said. “When somebody finally comes and backfills, it lets you breathe again and know that, at least locally, the economy is starting to churn again.”
EPIC’s ownership includes Chicago-based CIVC Partners. The company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has manufacturing plants in Norwalk, Ohio and Juarez, Mexico.