Eastern Metal Supply (EMS), headquartered in Lake Worth, Fla., broke ground on the 172,000 square foot assembly plant in Ft. Myers, Fla., for their door and window division, Eastern Architectural Systems (EAS). The new building is designed to eventually expand to 250,000 square feet to accommodate future growth and will replace a 60,000 square foot leased building the company now occupies.

EMS breaks ground on their Ft. Meyer plant. Eastern Metal Supply, Florida Sales Manager,  Jim Flesher Eastern Metal Supply, Florida General Manager, Craig Lightle Eastern Metal Supply, Florida Co-General Manager, Dan Madden Eastern Metal Supply, Vice President and Co-owner, Greg Weekes Christel Construction President, Howard Wheeler Florida State Senator,  LizBeth Benacquisto Lee County Commissioner Chairman,  Brian Hamman Lee County Commissioner,  Larry Kiker Lee County Assistant Manager,  Douglas Muerer VIP Realty Company Realtor, Mark Morris
EMS breaks ground on their Ft. Meyer plant.

EMS general manager Craig Lightle sees building as a better option than leasing, though it was not always that way.

“Only recently has building become a practical alternative to leasing. Two and a half years ago, when we got into the existing building, it was pretty attractive to lease.” But, vice president Greg Weekes says when Eastern’s operation started to outgrow the present 60,000 square foot location on Bavaria Road in south Lee County, it wasn’t practical to buy a larger structure. “There was no building big enough. We thought we’d have to move again in about three years. We didn’t want to do that,” Weekes says.

Following the 2011 purchase of Flesher Windows EMS rebranded that department as Eastern Architectural Systems, which mainly distributes in the Gulf Coast region and the Caribbean islands. According to the press release, the company went ahead with the expansion because of the economic recovery, increasing demand and new product lines.

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