More jobs for Lancaster as Phoenix Electrotek breaks ground

May 19, 2013 by  

Good news has arrived for Lancaster jobseekers, as Phoenix Electrotek, a Canadian company, has broken ground to begin construction of a $2m manufacturing plant. The facility will be located in Lancaster’s Rock Mill Corporate Park.

Duane Astrauskas, president of Phoenix Electrotek, noted that the company’s decision to remain in Lancaster keeps 25 jobs in the city. He also said he looks forward to adding more people to the workforce as the economy improves.

Phoenix Electrotek manufactures electronic wire, cable assemblies and components, which it also distributes. It set up its U.S. operations in 2008 when an Ontario company, Phoenix EDT Inc., bought the U.S. company Electrotek, located in Lancaster.

At the time, Electrotek maintained a 10,000 square foot facility and leased another 5,000 square feet. Astrauskas revealed that Phoenix considered several options, including building from scratch or purchasing an existing operation. In the end, it opted to buy Electrotek, creating the Phoenix Electrotek entity. Since then, the workforce has nearly tripled, from nine employees to 25.

Astrauskas said the company is happy with the way it has grown since it came to Lancaster, adding he found Lancaster workers dependable and highly trained. When Phoenix Electrotek outgrew its original facility, Astrauskas worked with Mike Pettit, the city’s economic development director, to find a new site, finally settling on the Rock Mill location.

Since the company is moving, it could work with business card printing services to make sure all its employees have cards that specify the new address and phone numbers.