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Dave Olson, Published August 13 2013

Kovash Marine plans to expand footprint in Moorhead

MOORHEAD – Kovash Marine here will soon embark on an expansion project that will broaden its footprint and possibly increase employee numbers.

Owner Pat Kovash hopes construction on a 3,000-square-foot addition can start this fall so the business can move in during the winter.

He said the structure will house three new bays for mechanics to work in, and he’s aiming to possibly hire two additional mechanics.

Kovash and four other mechanics now work out of three mechanic bays.

He said it’s also possible the business at 1417 1st Ave. N. will hire for a clerk or sales position.

Before work can start on the addition, Kovash Marine must complete a land deal with the city of Moorhead, which purchased the parcel several years ago from Aggregate Industries as part of establishing a whistle-free zone in the city.

Kovash Marine will pay the city $2 for the land, which is located behind the business near some railroad tracks.

Peter Doll, the city of Moorhead’s business and development services manager, said the strip of land has little value by itself, but as part of Kovash Marine, it will enhance the value of the business and the city’s tax base.

Kovash said he is still working on a final design for the addition, but he estimated the project could cost between $100,000 and $300,000, depending on the final design.

Kovash, who started his business in Glyndon in 2004 and moved it to Moorhead a year later, specializes in rebuilding boat motors.

“We have five mechanics here, and we keep them on all year,” he said.

As autumn approaches, Kovash said it is a good idea to make sure boat motors are properly winterized by seeing that water is removed from gear lubrication and stabilizer is added to fuel.

“If new fuel gets left in a carburetor, it turns green,” he said.

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