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Eagle Steel to expand in Palmer

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Mark Varsel
The Ellis County Press

PALMER - Hutchins' misfortune is good news for Palmer.

Eagle Steel owner Jerry Allen recently acquired two tracts in Palmer, totaling 35 acres, on the east side and adjacent to Interstate 45. 'I want to see some growth in this area. I want to put up something that people will be proud of,' he explains.

Allen has been in business locally for the past 30 years.

In the last 12 months Allen has expanded his 150,000-square-foot facility in Hutchins by 50,000-square-feet and as he explains, 'I am already out of space. There is no more room to expand at my present location.'

The Palmer site will serve as a 'steel depot' and wholesale distribution facility for his operation in Hutchins. Two buildings, covering 8,000 and 16,000 square feet are currently planned for the site.

According to Allen, the site will be a model for Eagle Building Systems. Architectural details will include decorative stone fascia on the building fronts as well as an ornamental iron fence, landscaping and a flag-

pole.

'This is a win-win situation for everybody. There is plenty of room for growth,' Allen explained. 'What I'd like to see is young guys out of high school, out of the FFA, in the community, perhaps partner with friends and decide to open up a local business. This would keep people in the community. I would support something like that.' The site could potentially house a strip center in the future according to Allen.

Allen plans to house his business in the 16,000 square foot building. The building will be for sale or lease. If approached by someone that needs the facility, Eagle Steel will vacate the current structure and begin construction on a new building next to the current one.

This would allow a quick alternative for housing new businesses. Circle L Feed Store is relocating to the second building and will also house a welding shop in the rear of the structure.

Allen is enthusiastic about the potential and integrity of this project indicating that he will not be motivated solely by money in completing this project.

'I want this to be a showplace,' he said and 'I will pass on a sale if the caliber of a potential tenant does not meet my expectations or community standards.'

Although delayed by inclement weather, Allen hopes to be open within 60 days.

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