MILLVILLE – A home pool manufacturer is moving its regional distribution center into a vacant 70,000-square-foot industrial building in South Millville, a relocation Leisure Pools expects to complete in two to three months.
Leisure Pools, which is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, currently uses a much smaller leased site in Hammonton. The company needed more capacity to service the East Coast market, according to a spokesman.
The property previously was occupied by Parker Chomerics, a firm specializing in glass for aviation instruments. The Planning Board approved the plan in June.
Chief Marketing Officer Alex Gonzalez said Tuesday the company sells three pool lines, so the greater interior and exterior space available here will be useful. At about 22 acres, the site offers plentiful space for outside storage of pool shells that can reach 40 feet in length.
“When we do that, it helps reduce shipping costs for our dealers,” he said. “And then, subsequently, for our customers.”
The company has bought the property and expects a work force of 15 to 20 people, he said.
Gonzalez said the Hammonton site ships pools to points in the Northeastern United States and as far south as parts of Virginia.
Leisure Pools, founded in 2000, operates internationally and builds spas and tanning ledges as well as several lines of composite fiberglass pools.
Realty firm Vantage Commercial handled the sale. Parker Chomerics was in Millville for 40 years but moved to Boston in a corporate consolidation.
Joe Smith is a N.E. Philly native transplanted to South Jersey more than 30 years ago, keeping an eye now on government in South Jersey. He is a former editor and current senior staff writer for The Daily Journal in Vineland, Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, and the Burlington County Times.
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