(Orange City) — Diamond Vogel Paints and Coverings of Orange City held ground breaking ceremonies for a new research and innovation center Wednesday afternoon. President and CEO of Diamond Vogel Jeff Powell says the thought to expand the facilities began three years ago, and it is needed to keep up with customer needs.
The new facility, which is located immediately to the west of the corporate offices, will consist of two stories with 36,000 square feet of space. Powell says it will help consolidate technical services into one location.
The Diamond Vogel executive says they hope to add more employees in the future with the expansion, but for now, it is to expand the needed space for the business.
Powell says the new research and innovation center will have a cost of approximately $15 million dollars.
Diamond Vogel employs approximately 700 people with the Orange City headquarters having nearly half of the number. Powell says they hope to have the facility completed and in use within a year’s time.