Luke Grabill will build a storage building next to his Ohio Legacy Cabinet and Millwork shop to accommodate the growing business, which is operated by his business partner, Jib Guzardo.
BEACH CITY Luke Grabill already had a successful plumbing operation when he decided to pursue another business venture.
He owned an old brick building he had been using for storage and just needed a business to move in that would be a good fit.
Last June, Ohio Legacy Cabinet and Millwork set up shop in the 150- by 50-foot structure Grabill owns at 319 Third Ave., and Grabill partnered with Jib Guzardo of Canton, who operates the wood-working business.
Now the former Langford Ford building is buzzing with the sound of saws and sanders, and industrial fans help remove the sawdust to keep the shop clean. Finishes are sprayed on newly crafted cabinets in the back of the shop.
Less than a year later, Grabill’s enterprise has grown to the point where he needs more space to store product.
He approached village council at a recent meeting asking for permission to construct a 70- by 54-foot building to be used for storage on a vacant lot next to the wood shop that once was used to sell vehicles.
Grabill was unsure if he needed a variance since the village does not have zoning in place and the new storage building is close to a property line.
Eager to support a local business, Mayor Jack Thomas had Stephan Babik, the village solicitor, look into the matter.
“Council is in agreement with Grabill to allow a storage building to be constructed at the site. We won’t stand in his way to expand a business. Whatever Grabill needs we will grant it,” Thomas said.
And Village Council did just that at its Monday meeting this week, approving the new structure.
When Grabill originally bought the Langford building about five years ago from the late Rondal Rittmaier, he used it for storage.
“I did plumbing work in that building so I knew it had three-phase electric service,” Grabill said. “It was move-in ready and all that was needed was a business to operate from the site.”
Ohio Legacy Cabinet and Millwork, a start-up company, offers any type of kitchen and bath cabinetry and bathroom vanities. Raw materials are brought into the business where it is cut, stained, and the cabinetry is custom-made. Guzardo and Grabill offer a number of designs for customers in a variety of finishes.
The business partners have five employees at the cabinet-making shop.
The building Grabill wants to construct for storage would be a frame and metal-sided building.
“I just want it to line up with the former building and I am waiting for a letter from council to move forward,” Grabill said.
Plans for the building have been submitted to the Stark County Building Department.
He said the storage building will take about six-weeks to construct and he hopes to break ground in the next several weeks.
Grabill is president of Grabill Plumbing and Heating on Manchester Avenue SW in Sugar Creek Township, a business that was started in 1965 by his father, the late E. David Grabill.
In 1981, Luke Grabill took over the plumbing operation, which now has 30 employees. He said his plumbing business is separate from the cabinet-making business.
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