Apel International Inc., also known as Apel Filters, plans to expand its facility at Bluegrass Commerce Park in Jeffersontown. The manufacturer plans to add 28,600 square feet to what is currently a 74,000-square-foot building at 11201 Ampere Court, according to a development plan it filed recently with Louisville Metro Government. The project also would include additional parking and maneuvering areas. The filing indicates the new space will be used for warehousing and distribution.
The new $2 million warehouse will include high-tech automated storage and retrieval machines, CEO Paul LaCroix told me in an interview. The company will add more than 20 employees and a third shift after the completion of this project. The business has about 75 employees now and expects that to grow to more than 100 by next year. Apel Filters manufactures and ships custom and standard replacement cartridge filters, pleated bags and fabric filters for dust collection. These are used in various industries, including chemicals and plastics, gas turbine, agriculture and metal working. All the company’s filters are manufactured in Louisville, according to the company’s website.
The business was started in 1996 by Paul and Susan LaCroix. Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator records show that Susan LaCroix owns the land where this expansion is taking place. Paul LaCroix said the business is thriving as a lot of consolidation in the industry has led some filter consumers to look for smaller operations, such as Apel International. Mindel, Scott & Associates Inc., an architectural and engineering firm in Louisville, is working on the project, as is Peyton Contracting. Bluegrass Commerce Park is home to many manufacturers. According to its website, the park has more than 850 businesses representing more than 30,000 employees.
David A. Mann
Louisville Business First