Bridgeville metal fabricator plans $7 million expansion


Miller Metal Fabrication, a 26-year-old metal fabrication company based in Bridgeville, has chosen Sussex County  as the site for a planned expansion and consolidation of operations.

Supporting the company’s plans are grants it has been approved to receive from the Delaware Strategic Fund by the State Council on Development Finance, a Jobs Performance Grant of $57,350 and a Capital Expenditure Grant of $207,900.

Miller Metal previously received a Delaware Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund Grant of $313,000 toward the construction of a new Route 404 entrance to the Newton Business Park. The project will encourage future development by other businesses

Bridgeville-based Miller Metal provides “turn-key” solutions for its customers, as it designs, cuts, bends, welds, assembles and ships a wide range of metal components.

It  serves customers throughout the entire  nation with  laser cutting, machining, forming, design engineering, welding and assembly services.

Utilizing lean manufacturing techniques, Miller Metal maintains a goal of eliminating waste from manufacturing and administrative processes.

“Miller Metal Fabrication’s decision to expand their operations and build a new facility in Bridgeville is great news for Sussex County and for Delaware,” said Gov. John Carney. “This expansion will create new jobs, and it reaffirms that Delaware is the ideal place for businesses to grow.”

Located in the Newton Business Park, just west of Route 13 on Route 404 in western Sussex County, Miller Metal plans to build a 60,000-square-foot industrial/office building on 8.5 acres of land adjacent to its current leased facility.

“We strongly believe this new “world class” production facility will be an integral part of our long-term growth strategy,” said Martin W. Miller, founder and owner of Miller Metal. “We are extremely appreciative to have State of Delaware support in this effort.”

The company plans to consolidate six  positions from its Greensboro,  MD shop upon completion of the building. It also estimates it will add 19 positions within three years from that date.

With  the retention of 92 current jobs in Delaware, Miller Metal forecasts it will bring the total number of employees to 117 within three years.  

Miller Metal offers competitive wages, full benefit packages that include 401K plan matching and subsidized health insurance. The company also offers on-site and remote technical training to its production workers.

Miller Metal Fabrication is investing almost $7 million in its new facility, including acquisition, construction and fit-out costs.

“Sussex County is excited at the prospect of adding more good-paying jobs, thanks to Miller Metal Fabrication’s expansion plans and the approval of these grants,” said Sussex County Council President Michael H. Vincent. “Sussex County has a robust manufacturing sector, one that is thriving with many small and mid-size businesses. This funding will ensure another local company stays hard at work creating products that we can proudly say are made in America – and made right here in Sussex County.”

Assisting Miller Metal was the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, a public-private economic development entity based in Wilmington.

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