Lancaster County plumbing firm close to finishing new HQ
J.M. Lapp Plumbing and Heating LLC preserved portions of a World War II-era silk mill in New Holland after the company bought the building and the seven acres it sat on for its new headquarters.
J.M. Lapp owner and operator Matt Lapp said he began searching for a new based for his plumbing, heating and water treatment company after it outgrew the 9,000-square-foot building it leased at 2919 Old Philadelphia Pike in Leacock Township.
For the past 10 years, the former factory at 330 E. Main St. New Holland Borough, has remained empty. JM Lapp purchased the property early this May for $620,000 and demolished 110,000 square feet of the building to leave only two structures standing on the seven-acre parcel.
J.M. Lapp plans to move into a 20,000 square-foot portion of the factory still standing. Lapp said he hopes to have finished moving in by the end of December .
The plumbing firm currently has 31 employees.
"If we would be staying (at the former headquarters), we are maxed out with who we could hire," Lapp said. "It gives us the potential to grow more freely and more efficiently."
The pieces of the building that J.M. Lapp left standing were still in good condition. Lapp said that during construction of the new headquarters, all that needed to be done was internal work. The company has also saved money by performing its own heating and plumbing work.
The second building still standing is 22,000 square feet. Lapp plans to lease the space out for retail uses. The building is still unfinished, but is planned to be completed by the spring. Lapp added that a portion of the building is a 5,000 square-foot warehouse, which he also expects to lease.
Lapp said that he believes the change in location will be a positive one for J.M. Lapp, which has traditionally done most of its business in the West Chester area.
"We did do some work in New Holland but I do think it will increase," he said. "This will give us better visibility."