Hemmed in by development, metal plating firm leaving Seattle
One of Ballard’s oldest manufacturers is leaving town, the latest in a string ofdefections that are transforming the traditionally maritime industrial area of Seattle.
Scott Galvanizing Co. is spending about $10 million to build a 30,000-square-foot factory in the Snohomish County town of Arlington that will be nearly twice the size of its current Ballard plant.
The company is making the move out of Ballard largely due to the pressures of gentrification.
“It was nice being here, but the last few years it’s been kind of a nightmare, with all the regulations and regulators being all over us, it’s made it tough,” said company President Hadi Mirzai.
He added that the area around his factory on Leary Way west of the Ballard Bridge is now populated by facilities making beer, with lots of retail customers —and condos not far away.
“The business stands out because we’re in kind of a neighborhood now, 25 years ago everyone was industries,” he said.