Land O’ Lakes-area power equipment maker says it could have expanded its staff and production at its existing facility on U.S. 41 but is considering buying land from Pasco County to build an addition.

LAND O’ LAKES — A company that makes power supply solutions for military, commercial, industrial and custom uses is planning to expand its production capacity and add jobs.

While it could accommodate the expansion at its facility on U.S. 41, just south of the Pasco School District headquarters, AJ’s Power Source is building an addition on adjacent land that is owned by Pasco County.

In a June 19 news release, the Pasco Economic Development Council said the county put the 2.6-acre parcel on offer after hearing AJPS, as the company is known, was considering expanding.

The company has said the expansion would include the creation of 20 jobs paying an 128 percent above the average wage in Pasco County, $37,315, according to the Pasco EDC.

“I am very happy that we were able to work together with Pasco County government to help AJ’s Power Source,” said Bill Cronin, Pasco EDC president and CEO. “AJ’s Power Source is a veteran-owned company and leading-edge supplier to several of our targeted industries like aerospace and defense. A great company working with a great county. We are proud of their growth in Pasco County.”

“I am very grateful for all of the help the Pasco EDC and Pasco County staff has provided to our team,” said AJPS CEO James Vaupel. “We are excited about this expansion and can’t wait to offer 20 new jobs to the community.”

Founded in 1987, AJPS is a Veteran Owned Small Business. It makes ground and airborne avionics power supply equipment to prime contractors of the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. and allied government agencies.

“I’m thrilled we were able to help AJ’s Power Source expand in Pasco County,” said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. “They are creating high paying jobs for our residents and it shows everyone you can work, live and play in our great community.”