Shohola businessman buying Altec-Lansing property

Renewed manufacturing planned as Altec remains as a leasee, By David Hulse Pike County Courier
MILFORD — Maurice Ryman, the owner LP Cylinder Service Inc. in Shohola on Monday won township approval of his plans to renew manufacturing at the 193,000 square-foot Altec-Lansing facility, which he is purchasing. Altec Director of Operations Mary O’Neill said her company, which is relocating corporate offices to the West Coast, plans to lease back a portion of the property and maintain offices, storage and some repair facilities, employing 12 full-time and up to 30 temporary workers. Ryman who services LP gas tank users around the northeast, said he had built out his Shohola property and new directions in the business would require additional space. Changes in his business involve production of patented plastic covers and bases for tanks of all sizes. Both the covers and plastic formula are patented, he said. The demand for them has outstripped his ability to make them in Shohola and he said he plans on occupying the 80,000 square-foot northerly warehouse space on the 20-acre parcel for manufacturing. Ryman’s plastics division would start with some six employees, and he said demand would dictate its expansion. He said the snap-together base units have found other applications in what seems to be a growing market. In addition, Ryman also is planning to reintroduce American-made valves for LP tanks, which had been replaced by cheaper foreign made valves. Those valves Ryman said have proved to have high failure rates. He is aquiring the original American design, and wants to assemble the new valves in Milford. Ryman noted that Altec has contracted for a five-year lease, While their plans appear to be fluid, he said that other industries have made inquiries to Altec about locating in the space in past and he anticipates their will be other leasees on the property. The supervisors approved a conditional zoning use permit for a change of use, noting that other business activities beyond Ryman’s and Altec will need additional approvals.