Herald JournalHoward Lake-Waverly Herald, Nov. 11, 2002

Innocast is in the process of adding showroom, warehouse

By Lynda Jensen

Expansion is in the works for the highly successful Howard Lake business, Innocast, which is located on the west end of town.

More than a foundry, Innocast designs and creates high-end sculptures and sophisticated momentos for dignitaries and corporate executives, said Phil Efron, of the company.

The business has been at its location for 21 years, he said. However some in Howard Lake may not realize what kind of clientele that Innocast draws on a regular basis.

Customers include three presidents, George Bush, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, as well as the White House, which commissioned two life-sized sculptures in the past, Efron said.

"We sell the very best you can get," commented Efron.

Innocast makes nearly any kind of item, ranging from something as small as a dime to 10-foot high sculptures, he said.

In fact, an example of the business' tiny work was several inch-wide items commissioned by Yoko Ono that reminded her of John Lennon for a New York art show ­ including a pair of tiny eyeglasses.

In fact, the business plans to add a showroom to display its fine works of art for clients who are flown in to view their products, he said.

The new showroom, which can be clearly seen under construction along Highway 12, will feature works made from handblown and fine lead crystal, bronze, exotic wood, marble, and other media.

Nevertheless, Innocast needs more space, which meant building an addition.

"We were out of room," Efron said.

The addition will add 7,500 square feet of warehouse space to the business, which currently uses about 12,000 to 14,000 square feet.

Concept One of Cokato is the general contractor. Most of the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with some painting and exterior work left over for spring, he said.

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