The latest artist’s rendering of what the proposed new
Carmex Precision Tool facility in Hartford’s Dodge
Industrial Park will look like when construction is
HARTFORD — The site plan to
allow the construction of a new Carmex Precision Tool location in
the city’s Dodge Industrial Park was approved earlier this week by
the Plan Commission.
The company, now located in Richfield, purchased the 2.5-acre site
in the northwest part of the industrial park from the city last year
after a new certified survey map was created.
“They still must submit their landscaping plan for the property
within the next 90 days,” City Planner Justin Drew told the
Drew said no manufacturing will take place at the Hartford location,
but the building will be a site for the company’s area sales team
and for storage of some product.
Carmex specializes in the production of threading tools for turning
“The production facility is located in Israel and the proposed
Hartford facility is an independent sales and distribution center
that serves all of North America,” Drew said. “The lot size will
allow for future expansion.”
Drew said at the time of the property purchase last year that the
agreement includes language about the city and Carmex working toward
a development agreement and provides Carmex with incentives from TIF
District 9 in which the land is located.
“Staff believes the incentive that TIF District 9 would be able to
provide would likely be limited to engineering work to remove
adjacent lands from the flood plain that would allow Carmex to
‘square out’ the property to accommodate additional growth when that
becomes imminent,” Drew said.
The exterior of Carmex
Precision Tool as seen in this July 2 photo in
Development Corp. Executive Director Tom Hostad said
earlier that Carmex needs more space than it has in the
building it now rents in Richfield.
“They’ve outgrown their current facility and with this
move they will also own the property,” Hostad said. “The
new building will be of modest size, but they will have
room for expansion later. Because they have customers
all over the country there is a lot of shipping that
takes place out of their facility.”
Company President Jeff Dai said earlier that “the new
building will be double the size of where we are now —
between 6,000-8,000 square feet.”
“We’re cramped where we are now. There’s things where
they shouldn’t be,” Dai said. “Shelving units and
inventory are all over the place and the office space is
cramped also. In the future we could easily put in an
expansion of another 20,000-30,000 square feet and have
plenty of space left on our lot.”
Drew said the street-facing facade of the building along
Innovation Way would be composed of a cultured stone
wainscoting, two different grade finishes of cement
board and numerous windows on the north, east and west
Drew said the company’s current plan calls for a 6inch
water line for service, but the company needs to talk to
the city Water Utility superintendent first.
“Because there will only be four bathrooms and no fire
protection system, there is concern that there may be a
water quality issue in the future since the water in
building won’t be used heavily,” Drew said.
Commissioners said that could cause water to taste stale
and a smaller water line could solve that problem.
Drew said the company also needs to contact the utility
superintendent about the location of the water meter and
its size and about the location and size of the electric
meter. The company has submitted a lighting plan that
Drew said met all of the city’s requirements. It’s hoped
construction could begin within the next few months.