VideoRay Sales Manager Shawn Devlin, right, demonstrates the company’s Pro4 remotely operated vehicle system last week during its Pottstown headquarters’ open house
POTTSTOWN PA – VideoRay LLC, which claims to be the world’s largest volume producer of remotely operated underwater vehicles, said Monday (Dec. 10, 2012) it had completed a move of the company‘s administrative, support, and production groups to its new corporate headquarters, 212 High St., and last week showed off its more than 40,000-square-foot building to visitors and guests.
The fully rehabilitated former showroom for Levitz Furniture has dedicated space for office, classroom, production, repair and laboratory uses. Available expansion space is being planned for overnight accommodations, incubator space for related underwater technology companies, and use by local high school robotics teams.
VideoRay’s former location, a bucolic farm location in East Pikeland PA, outside Phoenixville, will continue to be used as a research and development center. Its facilities include 5,000 square feet of space, a 2-acre test pond, and a 3,300 foot grass airstrip.
The company designs, manufactures and services camera-equipped robotic platforms used for surveys, offshore inspections, search and recovery operations, homeland and port security, science and research, fish farming, and other applications in underwater environments. It has more than 2,500 remotely operated vehicles at work around the world.
“We are thrilled to be in Pottstown, alleviating severe overcrowding in our Phoenixville location that was affecting our rapid growth” said VideoRay President Scott Bentley. “While we’ll miss the swans, horses, and the scenery at the farm, the amenities the vibrant borough of Pottstown can offer are what we need at this stage.”
“We were very pleased with the assistance Pottstown offered with this project,” Bentley added. “We were able to convert the former Levitz headquarters building to exactly what we need now, with room for expansion. And we can now hold maintenance and operations classes in the building and accommodate our customers well with both the old and new complexes.”
The executive office suite for VideoRay was used during the 1900s as a cigar rolling factory
Included in the new headquarters are a larger, 5000-gallon test tank, large classroom, employee lunchroom, 80-car parking lot, dedicated loading dock and receiving area, and large storage space. Several collaboration spaces, conference rooms, and temporary offices for visitors are available, as well as very high speed wireless Internet throughout.
Renewal of the structure, designed by Artefact Inc. of Bethlehem PA and implemented by Gorksi Engineering of Collegeville PA, retained as much character of the building as possible, the company noted. The Levitz complex consisted of several buildings combined from different periods.
VideoRay’s Dec. 7 open house commemorated Pearl Harbor Day with a display for visitors of 3-D footage shot by one of its submersible vehicles from inside the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The National Park Service Submerged Resources Center and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute cooperated on the project.
Photos from VideoRay