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‘Attractive’ Old Building Reborn Business in Carnegie

By Jeffrey Widmer
Thursday, September 9, 2010

The old Ryerson Steel Building on Arch Street in Carnegie is the new home of the Envirosafe Stripping Corp., owned by George M. Vorel, who purchased it for $3 million. Anticipating expansion and growth with the addition of other tenants, he said, "You can't beat being where we are. It's next to the interstate and Carnegie is a great town." Jeffrey Widmer

The old Ryerson Steel Building on Arch Street in Carnegie, vacant for almost three years, has gotten a new owner, who has moved his company into it.

Envirosafe Stripping Inc., which specializes in industrial painting and multimedia blasting of steel bridge beams, moved into the building this month. The company, which has 19 employees, occupies 60,000-square-feet of the 250,000-square-foot building, which Envirosafe owner George M. Vorel purchased for $3 million.

The company joins one other tenant, which occupies 40,000 square feet, Vorel said.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before we have this building full. This is a very attractive building and Carnegie is a great place to come to. We may have it 75 or 80 percent full six months from now or it may be full, I’m not sure,” said Vorel of Beaver County.

Envirosafe was established in 1994 on the North Side and moved to Neville Island in 2000. The company had an opportunity to move to Ambridge, but Vorel said the Ryerson building was “too good to pass up.”

Vorel said he would have had to lease the Ambridge property. “We were not looking to lease property,” he said. He said he liked Carnegie’s location.

“You can’t beat being where we are. It’s next to the interstate and Carnegie is a great town,” he said.

The building itself, with its size and quality, is very appealing, Vorel said.

Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek said it took almost 2 1/2 months to work out the deal.

“But we are very happy, because the possibility of more businesses moving in means more jobs,” Kobistek said.

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