BRIDGMAN — Oronoko Iron Works Inc. closed on a new Bridgman property in January, with plans to move there this spring, according to a news release.

With more than 50,000 square feet to work with, Oronoko Iron Works announced its plans to use the front building and lease the back portion.

The building, at 9890 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman, was previously home to Sunset Tool Inc. Oronoko Iron Works closed on the property Jan. 8.

Rusty Riley, owner and founder of the company, said he looks forward to the new opportunities and continued success that will come with this expansion.

“Oronoko Iron Works has outgrown our facility in Baroda, and we’re excited to announce that we have finalized the purchase of a new property in Bridgman,” Riley said in the release. “We look forward to building lasting relationships with customers and folks within the community as we transition to our new home. We are especially grateful for the assistance provided by the teams at Core Real Estate and Edgewater Bank in acquiring our new location.”

Riley said he expects the additional space to make room for more equipment, which will provide more jobs to the Berrien County’s workforce. The business looks to add to the seven-person team by hiring additional employees after getting settled in.

In operation since 2014, Oronoko Iron Works has built a foundation in the brewing and distilling industry and has continued to develop various capabilities to handle machining and fabricating needs.

A Cornerstone Alliance spokesperson confirmed that Oronoko Iron Works intends to “completely move their operations to Bridgman.” Its original location is at 9243 1st St. in Baroda.

The total estimated investment is projected to be $1.6 million.

Cathy Tilley, Cornerstone Alliance’s business development manager, said the expansion is a success for economic development in the county.

“We are thrilled that Oronoko Iron Works has expanded and remained in Berrien County,” Tilley said in the release. “Core Real Estate and the city of Bridgman were vital to making this re-location happen for Oronoko Iron Works. In today’s hyper-competitive atmosphere, it’s more important now than ever to have collaboration in the private and public sector.”

Loren Gerber, associate broker at Core Real Estate, led the purchase of the Bridgman property.

“We are delighted to see a local expanding company be the successful buyer of the property,” he said in the release. ”All parties, buyer, seller and other participants, worked together to successfully conclude the sale in January.”

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