DenTech Inc. relocation to East Cocalico completed

By on July 29, 2015

The steady crowd at the July 17 DenTech Inc. public open house expressed appreciation for the remodeled site, formerly owned by Four Seasons and then the four Cocalico municipalities.

Photo by Stan Hall DenTech Inc. President Marty Berndt, (right) and Vice President Steve Rapp outside their new company headquarters at 1975 N. Reading Road.

Photo by Stan Hall
DenTech Inc. President Marty Berndt, (right) and Vice President Steve Rapp outside their new company headquarters at 1975 N. Reading Road.

“We wanted to welcome the community to learn about their new neighbors and to see the progress we’ve made to the building, “said Vice President Steve Rapp.
The 1975 N. Reading Road site is eight-tenths of a mile west of the Colonel Howard Boulevard and Route 272 intersection. It stood years with no permanent occupants, and incurred deterioration due to neglect.
Officials of Adamstown and Denver boroughs and East Cocalico and West Cocalico townships hoped to create a Cocalico area recreation center when they purchased the 20-acre site and building for $3.6 million in 2006. Funding fell through when the recession hit in 2008 and the recreation plan was dropped.
B.C. Chicken rented and used part of the site until it was sold in June 2014. They were excellent tenets, East Cocalico supervisors said consistently.
“The building, purchased by DenTech by a sealed bid process for $1.7 million in June 2014, has had an additional $2.5 million plus put into it,” said President Marty Berndt.
DenTech relocated from Brownstown to have all operations at one location and allow for expansion.
“We were handy to the turnpike in Brownstown, too,” said Rapp. “This location is even better.”

Photo by Alice Hummer This is the area where DenTech makes control panels.

Photo by Alice Hummer
This is the area where DenTech makes control panels.

DenTech produces advanced air-filtration technology with innovative customer-tailored solutions. All of this is supported with turnkey services, from air-quality site evaluation to preventative maintenance, the DenTech web site states. Skilled workers at the Denver plant work in industrial air-filtration, fabrication, and installation; workholding systems and custom machines; plus machining services.
“We have 74 total employees, and have added 35 since we’ve moved here a few months ago,” said Berndt.
“We need more young people to take up the skilled trades,” commented Rapp. “We need people with mechanic and machine skills. A few jobs are entry level.
“What we find is a person with a college degree applying for a job here and anticipating a high wage because they’ve spent four years getting an education and often having a significant student debt. What they don’t have is the training and skills for which we’re looking.”
The location is handy for DenTech. It doesn’t have a lot of truck traffic but crews are often sent out to eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. It’s convenient to have the turnpike a mile away.
“We’ve also seen people stop in to make inquiries,” said Rapp, because the site is highly visible.
“Things went together efficiently once we purchased the site,” said Berndt. “East Cocalico Township was supportive and cooperative to work with. We worked with the water authority, zoning office, building inspector, supervisors, and others.”
The front of the building, which faces Route 272, has an attractive foyer and seating for guests. It also includes offices and a large conference room, complete with the latest technology needed for business meetings.
The machine shop, warehouse, and control panel construction room are separate areas. At the rear of the building where the warehouse is located all walls were taken down and the ceilings raised 12 feet.

Photo by Alice Hummer A view of DenTech's warehouse, where all walls were removed and the ceiling raised 12 feet. The American flag on the wall was put up after the Chatanooga, Tenn., shooting earlier this month which claimed the lives of four Marines and one Sailor.

Photo by Alice Hummer
A view of DenTech’s warehouse, where all walls were removed and the ceiling raised 12 feet. The American flag on the wall was put up after the Chatanooga, Tenn., shooting earlier this month which claimed the lives of four Marines and one Sailor.

“In almost every facility the need for higher ceilings in the warehouse is a factor,” said Rapp.
Employee facilities include a lunch room and a small fitness center.
DenTech serves many industries, including aerospace, automotive, trucking, brick/stone manufacturing, compressor manufacturing, farming equipment, firearms, foundries, food, pharmaceutical, heavy equipment manufacturing, marine, medical/dental, military, woodworking, and paper.
It has a reputation for excellence as evidenced by being named a U.L. listed control panel shop. This compliments the talented DenTech employees.
“We have strategically aligned ourselves to grow over the next 10 years,” said Berndt, “and we feel confident that this space will allow and help us expand with ease.”

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