Fox Racing Shox, an off-road and military shock absorber company, is moving from Santee to El Cajon with plans to increase employment by 40 percent.
The company signed a five-year, $1.3 million lease for 31,000 square feet at the Centre Pointe Business Park, at Vernon Way and North Johnson Avenue near Parkway Plaza. Fox said it plans to move in August from its current 16,000-square-foot space in Santee.
John Marking, Fox vice president for off-road and military products, said the company outgrew its old location and plans to increase employment from the present 50 to around 70 people. The parent company, located in the Watsonville/ Santa Cruz area, employs about 750 people.
“There wasn’t a lot of available space,” Marking said. “We really were looking for something with a nice appearance, because we do get visitors. In the current facility, we don’t have a meeting room.”
Fox manufactures high-performance nitrogen-charged shock absorbers, some as large as 4.4 inches in diameter, roughly four times the size of standard shock absorbers for automobiles. They are used for cars, racers and military vehicles.
The company also makes bicycle shocks and struts for General Atomics’ Predator drones.
“We’re pretty big into racing,” Marking said, noting that Fox products are commonly used by contestants in Baja California’s off-road racing events.