DLZ expands in Burns Harbor
Publication date: January 2004 Source: Post-Tribune
By: Lisa Shidler, Post-Tribune Staff Writer
Article Title:  Company to expand geotechnical drilling service in Burns Harbor

BURNS HARBOR - DLZ Industrial LLC will soon move its operations from the International Steel Group site to a four-acre parcel it has purchased at 316 Tech Drive in Burns Harbor.

The company, which employs more than 50 people at the Burns Harbor site, plans to expand its geotechnical drilling service here because of the market and might add additional union employees in the coming year.   It will move into a 24,000-square-foot center at the site.

DLZ Industrial LLC, is a subsidiary of DLZ Corp., based in Columbus, Ohio.   The parent company has more than 600 employees at 17 office locations throughout the Midwest, five in Indiana and one in downtown Chicago.

DLZ also operates a branch in Hammond.   The company specializes in architectural, engineering, surveying, geotechnical and other environmental studies for steelmakers and municipalities.

DLZ began operating out of the former Bethlehem Steel in 1963 when the construction of the mill first began.  It is moving because ISG want its contractors to be off-site.  The company also works with U.S. Steel, Nucor, Steel Dynamics and Worthington Steel.

Kurt Schmiegel, industrial division manager, declined to say how much the new building cost, other than it was listed at $975,000.

He said the industry is growing in the geotechnical drilling aspect.   With the new location, DLZ now will have room to store its equipment.   The company tests soil beneath buildings and studies the soil to determine if there are contaminants below.

"The location keeps us right here in the Steel Belt and right off (Interstate) 94, because we do go into Detroit and into Chicago", Schmiegel said.

David Lasser, of Commercial In-Sites, brokered the sale.

"It's a retention and expansion for Burns Harbor," Lasser said.  (DLZ will) expand some of their services now that they'll have warehousing.   They were pretty cramped where they were at."

Lasser, who is also president of the Duneland Economic Development Corp., said he likes to see these types of companies stay in Burns Harbor.

"This is the kind of project we've been really looking forward to see coming to the Duneland area," he said.

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