The new plant will be 200,000-square-feet and employ up to 200 at full capacity.
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A historic economic development project in Anderson celebrated its ceremonial groundbreaking Monday.
US-Offsite, a volumetric building company, announced last spring that it had picked Anderson to build its first production plant, which is expected to employ hundreds.
The plant will be 200,000 square feet and sit on 33 acres on Industry Road across the street from Wheelabrator Shasta Energy Co. just east of Barney Road.
“For us here in Anderson, this will be the biggest project within the city limits,” City Manager Jeff Kiser said. “This is probably the biggest resurgence in the city of Anderson since the timber days.”
Dan Ferreira, the chief executive officer, founded US-Offsite with Steve Beaumont, who serves as the chief operating officer.
US-Offsite will build a 200,000-square-foot plant on Industry Road across the street from Wheelabrator Shasta Energy in Anderson. (Photo: David Benda/Record Searchlight)
Ferreira grew up in San Diego before getting his degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He owns a design-engineering, commercial construction and a manufacturing operation on California’s central coast but has since moved to Redding.
Beaumont is from Australia where he owns a logistics company and also does business consulting. He also now lives in Redding.
Ferreria said Monday the company will show how technology and construction can merge together.
“The speed where technology touches industry is phenomenal, except construction, and some of us like to think of it as an old industry … but we want to make it better for the future,” he said.
US-Offsite comes to a community that has never fully recovered from the closure of Shasta Paper Co. nearly 20 years ago. With some 400 workers, the paper mill was one of the largest employers in Shasta County. City officials have said the closure threw off the area’s economic equilibrium, and the community has struggled to achieve that balance ever since.
“It’s kind of neat, there is still going to be that connection and now a modernization of the use of timber,” Kiser said. “It will rival and surpass anything currently here.”
Here are three things to know about US-Offsite.
Plant will open next year
Production at the US-Offsite facility is expected to start in late summer 2021.
The plant will be at 25% production capacity when it opens with approximately 100 employees, Ferreira said.
Over the course of the first year, US-Offsite will ramp up production and upwards of 200 employees are expected to be working there.
“We have plans for future growth beyond that,” Ferreira said.
Right now, US-Offsite has enough letters of intent from customers that will fulfill the first year of production, he said.
“Those will convert to contracts when it’s appropriate,” Ferreira said.
Housing, hotels among customers
US-Offsite will make prefabricated modules for multi-family and commercial projects, such as apartments, hotels and student housing. The modules will be built in Anderson and then shipped to project sites from Seattle to San Diego.
Once at the works sites, the cubes will go together like “LEGO” blocks, Ferreira said.
“We are going to reverse engineer buildings into LEGOS, and build the LEGOS in the plant in the most efficient way,” he said.
The modules will be built on a 30-station assembly line and will be stored in Anderson, then shipped when the project site is ready.
“We can assemble six to 10 units a day,” Ferreira said. “Your apartment complexes can go up in a matter of weeks.”
Here’s how to apply for a job
US-Offsite expects to do the bulk of its hiring next spring.
Those interested in applying for a job can go to the company’s website and click on “Careers.”
“The goal is make every employee we have make a head-of-the-house income level as they are promoted” up the company, Ferreira said.
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