An industrial services facility being displaced by the city of Fort Worth to make way for a new multipurpose arena will relocate to Haltom City.
Bodycote announced Friday that will move its thermal processing plant, which does work for area aerospace companies, to an existing building at 4008 Clay Avenue. A ceremony was held featuring Haltom City Mayor David Averitt and other officials.
In April, the Fort Worth City Council approved a deal to spend $7 million to buy 2.57 acres from the British company to make way for a planned $450 million arena to be built just south of the cultural district. Under terms of the sale, Bodycote must be off the property, at 2005 Montgomery St., by Dec. 31, and the city will pay to relocate its equipment.
Bodycote calls itself the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services, with more than 170 facilities in 21 countries. It improves properties of metal and alloy components used in many industries including aerospace, automotive and oil and gas. Locally, customers include Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter and Vought Aircraft.
Bodycote has been operating on Montgomery Street since 1996. About 20 workers at the Fort Worth facility will move to the new Haltom City location, said Haza Huston, marketing manager. The company has another thermal processing plant in Arlington.
Construction on the new arena is expected to begin next year.