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A long-time Davenport company is moving to the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in Davenport.

Roemer Machine & Welding, located at 5402 Tremont Ave. for 31 years, has broken ground on a 55,000-square-foot industrial facility in the center at Northwest Boulevard and Interstate 80. The $4.5 million project is expected to be completed by January, said A.J. Tarchinski Jr., who own the 70-year-old company with his brother.

Ryan Companies US Inc., Davenport, is the design builder for the project. McClure Engineering Associates of East Moline is the civil engineer.

The single-story building will include more than 4,000-square-feet of office space and an air-conditioned shop area. The project will also include six overhead bridge cranes, two jib cranes, 1,750 square feet of mezzanine space and surface parking for 37 vehicles.

“We are not a new company coming in. We just need some more elbow space and hopefully will get some more people,” Tarchinski said.

Roemer currently employs 20 people.

“We are excited to be a part of Roemer’s project team as they expand their operation,” said Brian Harry, project manager for Ryan. “We built their current facility on Tremont Avenue in the 1980s and value our long-standing relationship.”

Founded in 1942, Roemer Machine & Welding specializes in repairing centrifuges for the grain and ethanol industries, municipal waste water treatment plants, meat and poultry industries, and chemical and pharmaceutical solutions. Many of the repair procedures and specifications used in today’s centrifuge repairs were pioneered by Roemer.

Tarchinski said the company was founded by Peter Roemer, who opened a small machine shop. “My grandpa was a good friend and went into partnership with him,” he said of his grandfather, Anthony Tarchinski.

Years later, the company was sold. Eventually, it was sold to A.J.’s father, Anthony, and his brother, John.

This is the second announcement this year of a new facility in the industrial center.

Ground was broken in May on a truck stop that will include a convenience store and fast food restaurant. Love’s Travel Stops, with more than 260 truck stops nationally, will build a facility in the industrial park. It is expected to be completed in November.

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