A subsidiary of a Swiss maker of high-end espresso machines plans to double its workforce and size by building a new $17 million visitor center near Mount Joy.
Since 2014, the Swiss company Jura Inc. has operated a visitor center and its only authorized repair center in space leased from Bates Enterprises in the Rapho Industrial Park, 134 Shellyland Road in Rapho Township. Jura bean to cup coffee makers range in price from $800 to $4,000. Bates also services other high-end coffee makers from Capresso, Nespresso, Breville, and DeLonghi. Bates has facilities in North Carolina and Nevada.
Bates Enterprises currently employs around 28 people at its Shellyland Road site and would add 30 more when it moves to new facilities, according to its recent application to the state’s redevelopment assistance scheme for a £7 grant. millions of dollars.
“Jura has decided to build a new facility and put down roots in Lancaster,” the company wrote in its application for state redevelopment funds. “This project will involve the construction of a new building.”
Bates Enterprises did not respond to LNP|LancasterOnline’s requests for comment.
Jura did not receive a grant in the first round, which was announced last week. The state indicated that a second round could be awarded but did not give a timeline.
Jura wants to cross the township closer to Mount Joy to build its own facility rather than renting it in the industrial park. The 1,600-square-foot mall, south of Route 772 and just west of Route 283, sells refurbished and new espresso and cappuccino machines and accessories from Jura. Bates also has a 25,000 square foot service facility, which refurbishes Jura machines.
At their Oct. 20 meeting, Rapho Township supervisors approved the rezoning of two properties adjacent to 1475 E. Main St. and 1480 Strickler Road from commercial mixed-use to industrial. A Jura lawyer, Stacey Morgan Brubaker, told the meeting that the company wanted to move to a property it owns. She said the company plans to create a showroom for its products as part of a new facility to be built in the new location.
The design for the new facility has not been finalized, but the company said in its RACP application that it would be a $17.6 million project to build a 100,000 square foot facility.
Then, Jura will have to submit a land development plan to the municipality.