Kane Screens unveils plans for space in former school

Kane Manufacturing—also known as Kane Screens—plans to convert space in the former Chestnut Street Elementary School into a “command center” for its engineering and office staff.Under a tentative timetable, the company could be occupying office space in the building by July 1.Kane Manufacturing, which has operated a production facility in the borough since 1890, last week submitted a high bid of $100,002 for the purchase of the vacant school.The Kane School Board sought bids to sell the school, which closed following the 2009-10 school year. The new Kane Elementary School, which is contiguous with the Kane Middle School on West Hemlock Avenue, is in its second year of operation.Dean Campbell, president of Kane Manufacturing, and Mike Carpenter, the company controller, discussed plans for the property Friday during a 90-minute meeting with Dr. Maryann Anderson, school superintendent; Dave Westerburg, school board president; and Melanie Clabaugh, executive director of the Kane Area Development Center, the Chamber of Commerce and the Kane Area Industrial Development Corporation (KAIDC).Campbell said the company plans to utilize about “a third” of the space on the top level of the two-floor building for “our needs” for engineering and office staff. He said the company plans to develop the other two-thirds of the top level to meet the needs of future tenants.See full article by purchasing the Feb. 18 edition of The Kane Republican.