Regina Bowsher, administrative coordinator, said the latest work is a continuation of the effort in 2009, which provided a large expansion of the research and development section and the employee welfare area. The next phase involves removal of the final part of the original metal building erected for the factory and replacing it with pre-formed concrete walls.
"It's not so much of an expansion as an improvement," Bowsher said. "It improves our production area. The pre-cast concrete is more conducive to the plant environment."
When finished, the project will expand the plant from 155,000 square feet to more than 200,000 square feet, mostly in more warehouse capacity.
Work is concentrated on the south part of the plant, behind the offices. One of the ovens for the plant and other production areas were displaced for the construction. Loading docks were moved as new walls went into place.
Excavation began in June. Jackhammer crews worked for weeks breaking out the old concrete and removing metal. The crane came in January to put new sections in place.
Bowsher said the latest work is the last major expansion planned at the Monett facility. Mic-Tech, based in Anderson, is handling the construction. Plans call for having the construction completed and the new addition in service by next summer.
IDF has all of its manufacturing facilities in Monett. The plant originally opened in 1983 with 30 employees and presently employs 220.