governor hickenlooper at bal sealBal Seal Engineering Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its manufacturing facility, off Interquest Parkway, with much fanfare and excitement.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Steve Bach addressed the crowd of nearly 200 people, praising Bal Seal’s 155,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility and the growth of manufacturing in Colorado Springs.

Bal Seal employs 81 people and has been leasing a facility off Garden of the Gods Road. Within the next month, operations and manufacturing will move to the new facility at 1350 Bellprat View.

The company–which makes seals, coil springs and connectors for airplanes, underwater craft, medical devices and more–also owns a facility about the same size in Foothill Ranch, Calif., and has offices in Asia and Europe.

Before leading the crowd in a champagne toast, Bal Seal’s President and CEO Rick Dawson told the audience: “We wanted to expand and Southern California was not the place to do it.”

The company plans to add about 200 jobs in Colorado Springs in the next two years.

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Designed by Gregory Friesen, owner of local CSNA Architects, to promote Bal Seal’s philosophy of equality, transparency, and flexibility, the $45 million structure was built by contractor Bryan Construction, featuring glass walls and doors throughout the offices, conference rooms and manufacturing facilities, to promote a culture of transparency.

Attendees toured the facility, which  featured a permanent display of photos and machinery from the company’s founding in 1958 to the present, showcasing the variety of applications in which Bal Seal products are used.

“We’re investing in our future and in the future of Colorado Springs,” Dawson said in a news release.

1350 Bellprat View exterior - 02-14“This facility enables us to increase capacity to meet the anticipated demand for our products, but it also enables us to support the Colorado Springs community and to continue our partnerships with Colorado educational institutions.”

In keeping with company philosophy, the new complex features a picnic area,  playground, fitness trail, a park and a large common room, to encourage social interaction. 

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