Belleville company to spend $5.1 million on new building

News-DemocratMay 14, 2013 

A Belleville-area company has started construction of a $5.1 million office addition to keep its growing employee base under one roof.

Gundlach Equipment Corp., which manufactures coal-crushing equipment for the mining industry and operates under TerraSource Global, broke ground Tuesday on a new 9,000-square-foot, two-story office building on Freedom Drive just outside the Belleville city limits. President Mark Kohler said this investment will meet the demands of growing staff.

"It is big a investment," Kohler said. "Gundlach has always been a very good employer in Belleville."

Kohler said the company has grown from 66 to 90 employees in the last five years and was running out of office space.

"The problem is we have people working in neighboring houses," he said. "We had two houses where we had accounting and engineering office space. We also have people working from home. We just ran out of space."

St. Clair County Economic Development Director Terry Beach said the county started meeting with the company last June to discuss its options. Beach said the county did not provide any tax breaks or incentives.

"They needed to move their employees out," Beach said. "So they decided to buy out the single-family homes next to them."

Last year, Gundlach Equipment Corp. united with Jeffrey Rader Corp. and Pennsylvania Crusher Corp. to form TerraSource Global. The three companies were acquired by Batesville, Ind.-based Hillenbrand Inc. in April 2010. The company has been operating in the metro-east for 90 years.

Kohler said he anticipates the new office building to be completed by October.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

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