Pacific Industrial construction on schedule
By: David G. Thomas, The Jackson Sun on Jan 28, 2015
With an investment of $30 million, Pacific Industrial Co. hopes to begin installing equipment in its new 183,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Jackson by mid-March.
Ron Sanders, project superintendent with H&M Construction Co. of Jackson, is confident H&M will meet that goal.
"We have a deadline, but we have a lot of good contractors," Sanders said. "We have about 100 people working each day, and at our peak we had 150 to 160. We're working six days a week, 10 hours a day."
The facility is being built in the Airport Industrial Park at 555 Smith Lane. When it opens, the plant will manufacture parts for the automobile industry, including oil pans, central pillars, luggage hinges, hood lock hooks and other parts. It could have 190 employees at full capacity by 2019.
It is only the second site Pacific Industrial has selected in the United States. The company has five manufacturing facilities in Japan, two in China, two in Korea, and one each in Thailand and Taiwan. A few of the leading customers for the Japanese plants are Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota.
An additional 20 acres is available to accommodate Pacific Industrial growth in Jackson. Based on a sister facility in Fairfield, Ohio, expansion is a real possibility. Established in 1988, Pacific Manufacturing Ohio Inc. has grown from 20 employees to 630.
Sanders said the Jackson project should be complete by the first week of May.
"The roof is on, and the walls are up, Sanders said. "We've wound up concrete (work), the road and the floor."
Sanders said a company in the Memphis area – Jay-Ton – handled the concrete work, and Jackson Energy Authority is overseeing all things electrical.
"JEA is taking care of the utilities, and they've done quite a lot of work for us … pretty impressive," Sanders said. "We'll have permanent power this week, once JEA sets the transformers."
Getting heat inside the facility will serve more than one purpose.
"We will be able to finish out the dry wall," Sanders said. "You can't mud it; you can't tape it; you can't paint it until you have a controlled atmosphere."
Sanders said the building's facade should be bricked "in the next week or two."
"Our job is to make sure everyone is here at the right time, doing what they are supposed to do," Sanders said. "We make a detailed schedule, and we update it all the time."
Less than three months after Pacific Industrial broke ground, it was announced that Kellogg was implementing the largest initial construction of any facility, square footage-wise, in Madison County history. It is building a distribution center on a 134-acre site in the Airport Industrial Park, south of Young Touchstone on Smith Lane.
When complete in the third or fourth quarter of 2015, the Kellogg Sales Company looks to employ 100 at the 1.1 million-square-foot facility. The size is equivalent to 11 Walmart Superstores under one roof.
Progress at the Airport Industrial Park also includes a new office for Dement Construction Company on Smith Lane.
"The construction of the Pacific facility, site work at the Kellogg's distribution center location and the Dement office construction are all tangible examples of the economic momentum we are experiencing in Jackson-Madison County," said Kyle Spurgeon, president and CEO of the Jackson Chamber.
However, the recent activity is somewhat bittersweet for Joe Couch of Couch Farms, whose family leases land from Madison County to farm in the industrial park.
"Being a farmer, of course, you wish we would not lose all of this land," Couch said. "But, it's good for the city, county and jobs."
Couch said his grandfather and his father farmed the land, and he, his son Chris and his brother Ken continue the tradition.
"It's good land," Couch said. "But to most, it's progress."
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