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Mayhew to expand in Turners

  • John Lawless, president of Mayhew Steel, in the company’s Airport Industrial Park location.  <br/>Recorder/Paul Franz

    John Lawless, president of Mayhew Steel, in the company’s Airport Industrial Park location.
    Recorder/Paul Franz

  • John Lawless, President of Mayhew Steel, left, talks with others about plans for the new building they purchased next to their existing building in the Airport Industrial Park formerly the Turbo Steam Factory.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    John Lawless, President of Mayhew Steel, left, talks with others about plans for the new building they purchased next to their existing building in the Airport Industrial Park formerly the Turbo Steam Factory. Recorder/Paul Franz

  • John Lawless, president of Mayhew Steel, in the company’s Airport Industrial Park location.  <br/>Recorder/Paul Franz
  • John Lawless, President of Mayhew Steel, left, talks with others about plans for the new building they purchased next to their existing building in the Airport Industrial Park formerly the Turbo Steam Factory.  Recorder/Paul Franz

TURNERS FALLS — Deerfield Packaging Service Inc., which makes Mayhew Tools, has just bought a neighboring factory and four acres of adjacent land at the Turners Falls Airport Industrial Park.

The new property, formerly occupied by Turbosteam LLC, gives Deerfield Packaging Service roughly one-third more land and space for future expansion, says John C. Lawless, president of Mayhew Steel Products Inc. and a partner in Deerfield Packaging Service. Deerfield Packaging Service is a separate company formed by the Lawless family in 2002 to manufacture and warehouse hand tools that are sold under the “Mayhew Tools” brand name. Mayhew Steel Products Inc., a 158-year-old tool-maker, markets Mayhew Tools and other private brands of hand tools around the world.

Deerfield Packaging sits at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Industrial Park, and the newly acquired facility gives the company 12 acres, plus over 87,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space, says Lawless.

“It will be used for manufacturing processes,” said Lawless. “We were planning on putting an addition onto our building this year, before this land became available. The whole point of buying that was so that, for the foreseeable future, we’ve got enough room to grow. We’d prefer to have everything under one roof,” said Lawless.

The existing facility runs seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Lawless says Deerfield Packaging has between 45 and 50 employees, and Mayhew Tools has about 20 employees.

Lawless said there are no immediate plans to add new jobs. “We look forward to many years of continued operation in Franklin County,” he said.

Currently, another 12 Mayhew employees work in the old Shelburne Falls factory, but Lawless says the company will be closing that facility this year and moving everything to the Turners Falls Industrial Park. The oldest part of the Shelburne Falls factory was built between 1910 and 1920.

“It’s an old factory — expensive to heat and expensive to maintain,” said Lawless. “Right now, we’re trucking everything back and forth from Turners Falls to Shelburne Falls.”

By consolidating operations in Montague, the companies will be able to eliminate this travel, reducing their carbon footprint. Also, the new building will have a new and improved manufacturing furnace, he remarked.

Lawless said the company has already started moving some equipment into the 10,000-square-foot manufacturing space. He said the company may lease the building’s 5,000 square feet of office space to others.

Turbosteam LLC moved out of its 161 Industrial Park Boulevard facility in December.

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at: dbroncaccio@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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