The 133-acre Industrial Center of McKeesport was once home to several metal tube and pipe mill companies like U.S. Steel. Starting in 1990, we phased plans for environmental remediation, selective demolition and the sale of miscellaneous scrap at the site, and since then we have renovated and converted four existing buildings and constructed two new facilities. We own eight buildings in the park totaling over 733,000 square feet, which are home to 8 companies that employ over 200 people. Privately-owned buildings in the park include Peoples Gas and Duquesne Light.
Pipe manufacturer Dura-Bond Industries leased the 317,000 square-foot idle U.S. Steel McKeesport plant from us with plans to reactivate the facility. PurePenn LLC also announced plans to build a 21,000 square-foot facility on 5 acres of land within the park with the option of adding an additional 5 acres.
RIDC welcomed two new tenants: R.A. Hiller Company and American Textile Company. R.A. Hiller Company, a wholly owned Weir Valve & Controls USA, Inc. subsidiary, signed a lease for the entirety of Manor III, a 12,500-square foot building. The company’s engineering, light manufacturing, assembly, quality assurance and sales operations will be performed at this location. American Textile Company signed a lease for 98,000 square feet for their warehousing and distribution operations in the Manor I building.
River Materials Inc., a supplier of raw materials, bought 8.32 acres in McKeesport from RIDC for $461,700. River Materials began development in the spring of 2019 for a new intermodal facility on 18 acres of the former U.S. Steel National Works. The remaining 9.68 acres are still owned by RIDC, and are currently leased to River Materials, but RIDC expects to sell the parcel to the company as early as the end of 2020. The facility will employ approximately 50 people and be used for warehousing, processing and recycling. River Materials Inc. also intends to construct buildings for offices, storage and light manufacturing, as well as a railroad car and barge remediation facility.
New tenant Y & Q Home Plus signed a 5-year lease for 44,200 square feet in the McKeesport Commons I building.