DENVER — Schumacher Elevator Co. has begun construction on an expansion and renovation project at its facility in Denver.

The project will include a 15,400-square-foot addition to the manufacturing facility and a 7,200-square-foot addition to the office space.

Furnishings and finishes of the current workspaces will be updated, and overall layout will be adjusted for a more efficient and collaborative work environment.

“We’ve experienced steady and consistent growth, due in part to the capabilities of the current facility and getting all operations under one roof,” said Jeff Schumacher.

He added that expanding will help them meet the growing demands of customers and move manufacturing capabilities “to the next level.”

Schumacher Elevator built its current facility in 2000 when six locations were consolidated into one. Since then, the company has more than tripled their sales volume and added nearly 100 employees, company officials said.

The need for an expanded manufacturing facility was in part driven by a desire to streamline certain areas of production with a Robotic Structural Steel Fabrication System, also known as a CNC plasma machine.

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This machine will increase efficiency while also improving safety and reducing repetitive motion injuries.

The manufacturing floor space will grow by more than 30 percent and allow for routing the flow of components through the factory in a more efficient manner.

Emergent Architects is leading the design work of the building addition and renovation, and Cardinal Construction is the general contractor.

Schumacher Elevator was established in 1936 and has been run by four generations of the Schumacher family.

The company manufactures, installs, repairs and maintains freight and passenger elevators, home elevators and manlifts.

It currently employs almost 250 people; approximately 100 work in Denver and the remaining work at service branches and on elevator installation crews located all over Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Illinois and Missouri.

Completion of the project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019 with an open house planned in the spring of 2019.

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