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January 4, 2013

Laying strong foundation

COMMERCE — Quality Concrete Products in Commerce will be completing a new project in the near future.

David Gordon, owner of QCP, said the Commerce Economic Development Corporation helped make the addition possible.

“The CEDC has been a significant contribution to us,” he said.

The CEDC received a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) from Rural Development, an agency of the USDA. The grant is used to establish a low interest loan fund to assist local businesses.

Bonnie Hunter, executive director of the CEDC, said the corporation is glad to help the local business.

“We’re just excited they wanted to expand here and that we were able to assist,” she said. “Along with the project will come more jobs.”

Gordon purchased the 100 year-old business in 2006, and decided to add more to the production.

“We got into building storm shelters about four years ago,” he said. “Every one is custom made for each customer.”

The building, which Gordon said should be finished, weather permitting, by the end of January, will be used for workers to build septic systems indoors.

“Aerobic treatment plants are the bulk of the business,” Gordon said. “This will be a pruduction building for casting the tanks, lids and storm shelters.”

According to Gordon, his employees are the reason the business is doing so well.

“We’ve got a great group of people here,” he said. “Our employees are my largest asset. What we strive for is an excellent customer service rate.”

Dino Smajli, manager of Luigi’s Italian Cafe in Quinlan, said that winter weather caused the construction of the Luigi’s in Commerce to be delayed.

“The major things are completed,” he said. “I’m thinking it will be completed some time this month, though I don’t have an exact date yet.

Lori Burden, a manager at the McDonald’s in Commerce, said the new playhouse should be opened in late January.

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