Levi's Building Components

A Leola maker of metal roofing supplies got state support on Wednesday for a proposed $8.8 million expansion near Schaum’s Corner that would create 12 jobs.

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority approved a $1.7 million loan for Levi’s Building Components to expand in West Earl Township.

The loan would go toward the proposed development of a 114,000-square-foot facility on 23 acres, PIDA spokesman Michael Gerber said. That would more than double its space.

The industrially zoned site is behind Dutch Lanes, 4311 Oregon Pike, according to township engineer Cory Rathman.

Levi’s has submitted a land development plan for the project to the township. The township’s planning commission has yet to recommend to the township supervisors whether or not it should be approved.

The new facility would replace Levi’s 137 Newport Road complex of 45,000 square feet, which it has outgrown. The company moved there in 1995, after being founded in 1978 in Bird-in-Hand by Levi Fisher.

Now led by Levi Fisher’s son Steve, the manufacturer and distributor has 32 employees, according to PIDA.

Its product line includes metal roofing screws, metal roofing snow guards and metal roofing accessories, such as caulk, tape, underlayment, flashing, ridge vent, sealant and gutter hangers.

Helping Levi's obtain the state loan was the Lancaster-based nonprofit, EDC Finance.

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