OXFORD — MGA Cast Stone, Inc., the state's only architectural precast company, has gone online with a new “state of the art” computerized concrete mixing plant. Company officials say it will make them the most technically sophisticated batching system on the East Coast.
The half-million-dollar investment will allow the company to double its production capabilities in the former Oxford Homes plant on Route 26, owner Gerry Hamann said.
MGA moved to Oxford 18 months ago with eight employees. Today it employs more than 30 and expects to hire another four or five employees this spring.
“The purchase of (the) Oxford property has allowed MGA to grow and service a wider range of customers,” Vice President Gregg Hamann said in an email to the Sun Journal. “With the addition of the new batch plant we will we be able to grow the architectural business as well as develop other related product lines that we have had on the back burner for years.”
Gerry Hamann owns the company with his wife, Pamela, and employs their sons Gregg and Thomas in the day-to-day operations.
Gerry Hamann said he began his business in 2000 operating out of his garage in New Gloucester. From there the company grew to a leased 6,000-square-foot chicken coup, where it remained for five years. In June 2011, it moved into the 65,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on Route 26.
Hamann said the move to Oxford in the heart of the manufactured homes business has been a real boon to the company's growth.
MGA does business throughout New England and as far as Washington, D.C., but the majority of its business is in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Hamann said.
The company does new construction and restoration work. New construction projects locally have included facade work on a Bates College dormitory, the Maine Federal Family Credit Union in Lewiston and the Franklin Community Health Network Building in Farmington.
The company has also done restoration work at the Tower Court building on the campus of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, the Paramount Building in Bangor, the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut and the L Street Bath House in South Boston where they restored the cast stone balcony.
For more information on the company can be found at www.mgacastsone.com or by calling 207-539-6035.