Injection molder Aztec Concrete Accessories Inc. said it may lease a 12-building site at the former Norton Air Force Base near San Bernardino, Calif.
Aztec is evaluating the 19.6 acre site, which comprises 440,000 square feet of building space. The company's ability to proceed ``hinges largely on assistance we will get from City of San Bernardino agencies and the power and water companies who now own the systems there,'' Dale Haslem, vice president of operations, said in a telephone interview.
``There is a lot of work to be done to get these buildings converted from military space to manufacturing, warehousing and distribution space.''
The base closed in 1994.
Contingent on suitability, Aztec has offered to lease the site for three to five years with an option to buy. Aztec asked for a year's free rent on each section it inhabits, since remodeling is estimated to approach $2 million for each section, including removal of asbestos and lead-based paint.
Aztec was founded in 1967, employs 125 and has Fontana, Calif., injection molding operations that would relocate. The current operation occupies 100,000 square feet.