By Joe Crews
For Hometown News
An Ormond Beach company that manufactures specialized water-pumping systems has set up shop in a newly acquired, 21,000-square-foot building in the city's Airport Industrial Park.
Box after box of parts, equipment and other accoutrements used by Delta P Carver are, for the most part, properly stowed in their new places, as the company finalizes a move that began the first week of March from the company's old location elsewhere in the park.
Joe Marinelli, the company's sales and marketing manager, said he hoped to be fully functional in the new space by the end of April, although manufacturing and shipping may resume earlier.
Delta P Carver was formed two years ago, when Carver Pump Co. of Muscatine, Iowa, bought what was then Delta P Systems and turned it into a wholly owned subsidiary. Carver Pump Co. has been in the pump business since 1938 and plans to "actively work with Delta P Carver to provide enhanced engineering, marketing and leadership support," Mr. Marinelli said in a news release.
Carver Pump this year paid $780,000 for the property at 14 Sunshine Parkway as a new home for Delta P Carver. About half of the building may be rented out to another tenant, with some areas, such as the loading dock area, probably used jointly by both companies, he said.
The company worked closely with Joe Mannarino, Ormond Beach director of economic development and commercial Realtor Dick McNerney of Adams Cameron Co., to select the new property, Mr. Marinelli said.
Mr. Mannarino said the new facility should help Delta P grow.
"It's a unique product, and (the company is) looking to leverage the resources of Carter Pump Co.," Mr. Mannarino said. "We're also talking to them about economic incentives that could help them grow."
The city also is helping Delta P try to find a tenant for the 10,000 square feet it doesn't need, he added.
The new facility also will help the company grow its staff, Mr. Marinelli said.
"A minor amount of capital investment in the new headquarters will allow the growing company to easily accommodate the anticipated 25 new manufacturing positions over the next few years," he said in the statement.
Another half-dozen or so administrative hires also are expected, he said in an interview. Currently, most of the administrative functions are handled at the parent company in Iowa.
Except for a plasma cutter that is used to make some parts, employees won't have to be proficient in CNC (computerized numeric control) systems, Mr. Marinelli said.
"We're going to take those with basic skills and train them," he said. "What we do is not that specialized. If they have plumbing or electrical skills, we can train them."
Jayne Fifer, president and chief executive of the Volusia Manufacturers Association, was happy to hear of Delta P's move and planned growth.
"That's good news," she said. "The company has been a VMA member for a long time, and we love to see manufacturers expand and grow."
The company makes booster pump systems that use "variable frequency drives" that maintain water pressure at a specific point in multi-story buildings or sprawling complexes. Most pump systems use constant speed systems that require more maintenance and are more inefficient than Delta P's systems, Mr. Marinelli said.
Pumps are needed because the water from the source doesn't have sufficient pressure to adequately supply larger buildings, whether they're tall or spread out, explained Michelle Mastropierro, service and purchasing manager.
"Every tall building you see has to have a booster system," she said. "Basically, anything over three stories needs water pressure boosters."
The company, which as Delta P Systems first set up shop in the industrial park in 2004, has several Central Florida customers, including the Ormondy Condo in Ormond-by-the-Sea, the city of Ormond Beach, the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach and the Villages Hospital in Marion County. It also services clients from Jacksonville to Orlando, she said.
With the new facility, Delta P Carver is planning to broaden its sales and service territory considerably. Distributors will be set up in key metropolitan areas across the U.S., Mr. Marinelli said, and the company's product line also will be expanded.