<B>By LAUREY LUMMUS</B> <FONT SIZE=-1><I>Staff Reporter</I></FONT>

Appliance Service Company, A Colorado Springs-based servicer of domesticand commercial appliances, is in the process of constructing a new building.The new site, which will be located at 3608 Betty Drive, is directly southwestof Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard.

In 1984, owner Chip Reinhard purchased the company from his father Charles"Dewey" Reinhard, who formed the business in 1963. Since that time, the companyhas become the largest independent one of its kind in southern Colorado.

Currently, Appliance Service has two locations &emdash; 3705 Sinton Roadand 3659 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Reinhard said the new building will allow the business to consolidate itstwo current locations.

"The consolidation of the two sites will allow us to move into a larger facility,which will make it more accessible to complete work orders," said Reinhard."The location is also much more desirable, and will enable us to move moreeasily and efficiently into the 21st century."

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The company currently employs nine people between the two locations. Expansionof the workforce may occur when the building is completed in the fall.

Expected construction costs for the new building are estimated at $280,000.