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After three years in Duquesne’s industrial park, Laurel Print & Graphics is preparing to almost double the size of its facilities.
Regional Industrial Development Corp., the Pittsburgh-based non-profit that operates the City Center of Duquesne, announced this month that Laurel has signed an amended seven-year lease to expand into additional space in the Millwrights Building, located on the former site of U.S. Steel’s Duquesne Plant.
The move will expand Laurel’s current 10,000-square-foot facility to roughly 19,800 square feet, a RIDC spokeswoman said.
Formerly located in White Oak and Wilkins Twp., Laurel was founded in 1990. The company is a full-service printer that also produces large-scale graphics, including backlit graphics, window signage, posters, banners, wall graphics and vehicle wraps.
The RIDC spokeswoman said the additional 9,000 square feet will allow Laurel to expand to offer new product lines, including new fabric-based products for trade shows and other clients.
The company expects to expand into the new space in January, RIDC said, following additional construction of new offices, a new conference room, and other improvements, including floors, carpets, ventilation systems and electric service.
“Our move to the RIDC park in 2019 has given us the facility space to keep growing our business to the point where we are one of the fastest growing large format printers in the region,” said Keith Jones, president of Laurel Print & Graphics, in a prepared statement.
“Now, thanks to RIDC, we can double our existing production space, and we are immediately increasing our production capabilities as well with the purchase of larger and faster grand format printers,” Jones said.
The City Center of Duquesne is currently home to 15 companies employing approximately 700 people, according to RIDC. About 78 acres are available for additional development.
“During its four years in Duquesne, Laurel Print has nearly doubled in size and has been a job creator in the community,” said Donald F. Smith, Jr., president of RIDC. “Business is growing in the Mon Valley, and it’s our mission to ensure companies like Laurel Print have what they need to locate and expand there."
Tim White, RIDC senior vice president of business development and strategy, said the organization was grateful for the support of elected officials representing the city. “It’s private and public partnerships like this that are key to helping redevelopment projects succeed,” he said.
Originally published December 27, 2022.