Thursday, October 19, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: An architectural rendering of a proposed new building that National Cycle Inc. plans to build next to its current facility at 2200 S. Maywood Dr. | National Cycle
National Cycle Inc., located at 2200 S. Maywood Drive in Maywood, is planning to expand its manufacturing operations by building a roughly 28,0000-square-foot building nearby.
The company, which makes windshields and accessories for motorcycles, among other products, also plans to install a retention basin in an area south of the proposed facility.
During an Oct. 17 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move the proposal to the Plan Commission / Zoning Board of Appeals. Trustees Antonio Sanchez, Melvin Lightford and Ron Rivers were absent.
The plan commission will make a recommendation to the village board on whether or not it should grant a range of zoning changes that are required for the proposed construction. After that, the village board will vote on final approval.
The village staff, along with Hancock Engineering and the fire department have recommended that the village convert a parcel it owns located east of National Cycle into a right of way to improve traffic access in the area and to provide a buffer between the project and the residential neighborhood to the south.
An aerial image of National Cycle’s current facility and where it plans to expand. | Village of Maywood
During Tuesday’s meeting, village board members and staff lauded National Cycle, which has been in Maywood since its founding in 1937, along with the company’s expansion efforts.
“National Cycle is one of our largest employers in Maywood,” said Trustee Henderson Yarbrough. “They’ve been here for a number of years. They’ve stayed with us. They do an excellent job.”
Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr. said that he and his staff toured the facilities several months ago and left impressed.
“It was probably one of the best tours I’d seen in many, many years,” Norfleet said. “I was highly impressed. I’m quite pleased to hear the board is moving forward.”
National Cycle’s current facility at 2200 S. Maywood Dr. in Maywood. | Google Earth
Barry Willey, the president and CEO of National Cycle, said at the meeting that his company has been in Maywood for 80 years. He did not comment on how much the expansion project would cost or go into detail about the reason for the expansion.
Willey did say, however, that the company has grown recently and exports internationally, to places like India and China.
“Business is starting to come back,” Willey said, adding that his company had been in at least three other locations in the village before locating to its current location in Maywood, which he praised.
“Maywood’s a great place for business,” said Willey, who was born and raised in the village. “It has a great location and a lot of people here. Maywood is a wonderful place for finding [skilled] people.” VFP