McLanahan Corp. planning expansion

The McLanahan Corp. of Hollidaysburg hopes eventually to build a 40,000-plus square foot multi-story office building and a 21,000-square-foot storage building, with parking lots, at its complex in Hollidaysburg.

The Blair County Planning Commission reviewed the proposal Thursday and found no problems with it.

Because business has been disappointingly flat for two years because of the overall economy, the company has put the project on hold indefinitely – although it’s seeking the needed governmental approvals now so it can move more quickly when it’s time, according to Sean McLanahan, the firm’s chief administrative officer and member of the sixth generation of the owning family.

The company “desperately” needs additional office space, McLanahan said.

Currently, all of its Hollidaysburg-based office workers are in one building, he said.

The new building will house several hundred workers in the sales, engineering and project management departments, he said.

The existing one will continue to house office workers in the production, safety, information technology and other departments more connected to production, he said.

The storage building will allow the company to relocate foundry patterns.

The expansion will allow the company to grow, a growth that will include an expansion of the workforce, he said.

He doesn’t know how many additional employees the firm may eventually require, he said.

The project will require the shifting of parking lots to accommodate borough code, McLanahan said.

It will also require demolition of some houses owned by the firm, according to Jamie Klink assistant planner.

Founded in 1835, the company specializes in “engineering process solutions,” McLanahan said.

It makes equipment to crush, wash, screen, mix, divide, dewater and perform other operations on materials like stone, gravel, sand, coal, iron ore and salt, he said.

It also makes machinery to separate bedding sand from manure for the dairy industry and machinery that handles liquid and sold municipal waste, he said.

“We’re going through the hurdles now, so when we’re ready to go, it’s ready,” McLanahan said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.