Manhattan Mechanical Services celebrated the grand opening of its new East Chicago facility on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. This new building comes on the heels of strong growth for the Manhattan, Illinois-based mechanical contractor since its initial startup in 2011. The 20,000-square-foot structure will serve as the headquarters and features a 50-by-200-foot fabrication shop, a craft training center, a warehouse and corporate offices. “We’re very pleased to announce the opening of our new location in East Chicago,” said Michael Uremovich, president of Manhattan Mechanical Services. “This is not only an opportunity to bring more jobs to the area, but the new location offers proximity to major refineries, making our services more accessible to customers and partners in Northwest Indiana.”
The virtual grand opening event featured a behind-the-scenes facility walk-through, a pipe-cutting and beveling demonstration, and a look at the company’s new Superheat SmartFurnace II. The facility also has a computer lab to serve as a training center. With welding booths, overhead cranes, pipe-cutting machines and heat treatment equipment located inside the fabrication shop/warehouse, Manhattan Mechanical has the ability to prefabricate process piping, erect scaffolding, structural steel and more.
Uremovich noted that the company’s goal is to create 80 new jobs in East Chicago in the next three years and that Manhattan Mechanical’s accredited training program through NCCER takes four to five years to complete. “We are committed to building a trained and certified workforce of craft professionals who can provide support to our customers in multiple craft areas,” he explained. According to Uremovich, entry-level pay is $16 per hour, but that once the apprenticeship ends, a worker will be in a position to earn a six-figure annual wage.
“Through strategic initiatives like this new facility, Manhattan Mechanical Services can remain at the forefront of the industrial market by providing outstanding mechanical services to both our current and prospective partners.”
The virtual, Nov. 5 grand opening, hosted by Manhattan Mechanical, is available to view here.