Scot Industries intends to exit the Kingman Airport Industrial Park (KAIP). The firm that employs roughly 18 people fabricating steel products through cutting and shaping operations has leased about 60,000 square feet of space at the KAIP since August, 2013.
It’s local agent, Kathy Tackett-Hicks, said Scot Industries simply wants to transition to an ownership position.
“You don’t want to rent forever. They’ve found the area to be very wonderful for business. They want to keep it up. The smart business thing to do is own instead of rent,” Tackett-Hicks said. “I’m not aware of any adverse relationship with the Airport Authority. They just want to set up a facility that is tailored to their needs.”
Hicks said Scot Industries has scouted sites in the area and intends to purchase property and build a facility on ten acres close to the center of a 265-acre parcel just south of Walnut Creek Estates. She said the company proposes to build a 76,000 sq. ft. facility with the future possibility of expanding by an additional 86,500 sq.ft.
Scot Industries operates ten other facilities across the United States and one in Canada.
A rezoning application to accommodate the facility on the preferred site goes before the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, June 14. Tackett-Hicks said some support the relocation, but noted that she’s also aware some who live near the proposed site are opposing the venture.
Attempting to address some of the areas of initial concern, Tackett-Hicks said the closest home is about 1,000 feet from the proposed facility. She said it would operate two shifts, five days a week.
Tackett-Hicks said nominal water consumption should not be a concern. As for traffic, she said employees and two truck trips each day should not be a nuisance.
Tackett-Hicks further acknowledged neighbor concerns that the 60 ft. height for a portion of the facility might obscure sight lines.
Tackett-Hicks said she wants to meet with concerned citizens for a “tailgate talk” at the site at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 12. She said she wants to better understand their concerns with the hope that she might dispel them with information and dialogue.