By Stefanie Jackson – Bayshore Concrete in Cape Charles is officially back in business with a new name and a new owner.
Coastal Precast Systems, of Chesapeake, Va., is setting up shop at the former Bayshore plant under the direction of owner Paul Ogorchock. With the help of two business partners, he recently purchased the bulk of the Bayshore property for more than $11 million, not including equipment costs and other expenses.
The initial stages of the concrete plant’s re-opening will mean 50 to 100 new jobs in Northampton County, and recruiting efforts are already underway, Ogorchock said.
The company is looking to fill a variety of positions including laborers, operators, mechanics, technicians, and journeymen.
Dan McGhee is the new manager of the Cape Charles concrete plant, which is Coastal Precast Systems’ third location.
The plant, which has been abandoned for about a year and a half, is currently undergoing repairs and upgrades that are expected to be completed by November.
Ogorchock already has projects lined up for the plant, including the pre-casting of about 1,000 concrete beams and 500 concrete deck planks that will be shipped to Connecticut for construction of a federal government building.
He brings decades of experience to the table. He started working with concrete at age 16 and has been in the precast concrete business for 25 years.
Coastal Precast Systems is a “longstanding” business dating back to 1946, Ogorchock said.
He has no intent to make a “quick deal” and be gone, he added.
“We’re here to stay.”