Manufacturer renovates adjacent plant, adds product showroom

Dorchester-based GKD Metal Fabrics continues to expand its Cambridge operations to accommodate the company’s growing business. They recently began final work on a $900,000 renovation to the former Regina plant they purchased in 2011.

Scheduled for completion in September, GKD will move approximately 15 employees of their Industrial Business Unit to the ‘new’ space across the street from their Chesapeake Drive headquarters. Interior renovations – including new offices and air conditioning – and exterior work will be finished next month.

In addition to renovated manufacturing space, the newly outfitted building includes a product showroom, conference rooms, visitor amenities and offices for GKD’s industrial unit. Project manager Sandra Hummer is confident the expansion will support and enhance the unit’s success.

According to Hummer, GKD was committed to hiring local businesses to renovate the 64,000 square foot space. Dorchester’s Crosby & Associates served as the project architect and Hill & Kimmel Contracting managed construction. The company plans to hold an event to mark the expansion by the end of the year.

After purchasing the building from Regina in 2011, GKD leased office space back to them for two years before launching the renovation. Regina continues to maintain a Dorchester location and moved into a 2,000 sq. ft. office suite in the former Sensata plant on Woods Road earlier this year.