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By Don Ogle 

New business announcement gives hope

 

Don Ogle / Sun-Telegraph Editor

After months of inactivity, the parking lot at the old Commscope plant could soon be full again with workers making HVAC duct work for Lukjan Metal Products which has purchased the plant to expand operations.

The sting of a lost business could soon be soothed with the arrival of a new owner which has chosen Sidney in the expansion of its national profile.

Lukjan Metal Products is expected any time to get approval from Commscope on the purchase of the former wire twining plant on the east side of Sidney. Lukjan is a family-owned and operated business that manufactures duct and other products for residential and light commercial HVAC applications.

Herb Gibson, the project coordinator for the Lukjan expansion, told the Sun-Telegraph Wednesday evening that the purchase approval "could come as early as tomorrow."

Once the deal is closed, Gibson said the company wants to have its Sidney operation up and running within 60 days. The operation will initially be as a distribution center, building up to full production by July.

Initially, Lukjan will have 10-20 employees, with a target of up to 50 in four years. Gibson said the company's goal is to make all hires possible from the Sidney area. He expects the company to start interviewing within 30-45 days.

Gibson said Lukjan has been looking for a way to expand toward the Denver area and the markets that could be served from that base.

"But real estate in Denver is outrageous," Gibson said.

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