Southern Advantage

Successfully Managing the Impact of Record Low Unemployment

Whether you are a manufacturer or distribution company, it is likely that filling skilled labor positions in this difficult market is your number one concern. We hear on a daily basis that revenue growth is now being impacted by this tight labor market.

At The Hollingworth Companies, one of the key selection criteria for our business parks, quality renovated buildings and build-to-suits are the availability of a stable work force. By locating our facilities in semi-urban locations, labor rates are very competitive; and. the work force is very stable. Workers in these locations are multi-generational, tend to be very loyal to employers, and will not tend to job shop for a pay increase.    

Establishing your facility in these locations will provide you with highly productive employees that take pride in their community and make a long term commitment to their employer. A case in point is the recent addition of Unified Brands to The Hollingsworth Companies facility in Ceres Industrial Park, Vicksburg, MS is a clean, safe, and beautiful community, where people are genuinely friendly and welcoming. It has long been known as the “Red Carpet City of the South.”

“Mississippians are hard workers who take pride in a job well done,” said Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, “as evidenced by Unified Brands’ decision to grow its operations in our state and create hundreds of new jobs in Warren County. Vicksburg has enjoyed recent economic growth, and this exciting announcement continues that momentum.”

“The new facility in Vicksburg will put us in a great position to improve the work environment for our employees, increase operational efficiencies, and provide a foundation for long-term growth,” said Dave Herring, President of Unified Brands. “It also centralizes our production, engineering, office, and support staff to three centers of excellence, allowing us to better serve our customers, while growing our overall capacity to meet industry needs.”

Whether you are relocating your facility for expansion or to be closer to your customer, consider a Hollingsworth facility in a semi-urban location that  is well-positioned to provide a stable, highly productive workforce. We provide well located facilities across the Southeastern manufacturing corridors.

 Dave Herring, President of Unified Brands

Redline Steel moves to SouthPoint Industrial Park, Alabama

Redline Steel, one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, moves into 108,960 SF facility in SouthPoint, Alabama.  SouthPoint Business Park in Alabama continues to attract quality companies with the third new tenant in less than a year. The latest addition is Redline Steel, a Home Décor start up based in North Alabama that has been setting record numbers for growth.

The core management team is comprised of four very bright, tech savvy, millennials that truly understand the meaning of hard work and perseverance. Redline was started by Colin Wayne, an ex-Army combat veteran who was injured by an enemy rocket attack in Afghanistan. In 2012, while working as a Department of Defense contractor in Afghanistan, Colin was wounded by an enemy rocket that sent shrapnel into his leg, stomach, and arms.

Colin did physical therapy for six months as he transitioned out of the military. While transitioning out of the military in 2013, he did his first modeling job; and, within 30 days of taking photos, he had about 100,000 followers on social media. Modeling and a growing digital following led Erwin to contract with several supplement companies as a “social media influencer”, and Erwin quickly realized the marketing potential that this provided.

Colin planned to use this “influence” to start up his own company. His research led him to the Home Décor industry and resulted in Redline Steel. In less than two years, Redline Steel has become a double digit million dollar company with their growth limited by their ability to increase their manufacturing capacity. Starting in 10,000 square feet of space, in just two short years, they have transitioned into 108,960 square feet at SouthPoint, Alabama. They have plans to fill this building within a few years and will have the ability to expand this facility to 195,000 square feet as their business continues to grow.

Please take the time to review Redlines Steel’s product line and pass along their website to your friends and family.  We congratulate Redline on their current success and wish them continued growth in this and the future markets that they plan to expand into over the next year. www.redlinesteel.com

The SouthPoint Industrial Park, Alabama is located adjacent to both the I-65 and 1-565. This location provides excellent access to markets from Nashville TN and Louisville KY to the north and Birmingham and Montgomery AL to the south. This corridor is highly favored by companies that serve the Southern Automotive market.

The Hollingsworth Companies Breaks Ground on a 152,480 SF Facility for Scapa Healthcare in Knoxville

Scapa Healthcare, the Development Corporation of Knox County, and The Hollingsworth Companies worked diligently over an eight week period to develop the plan for a new medical device facility in Knoxville, TN. The project included an economic development incentive package from the State of Tennessee and Knox County, the purchase of land, the detailed building design, and all accompanying legal documents. While the schedule was very fast paced, Tom Mann did an unbelievable job and cracked the whip to keep all parties on track. This is quite an achievement considering the team had to work around three major holidays to meet the project timeline.

While an official ground breaking took place on March 22nd, construction has been underway since the first of February. Site work, building construction, and all upfits must be completed by October 31st to meet SCAPA’s rapid growth plans. The upfits for this project include 18,000 SF of office space, a 13,100 SF clean room, 36,600 SF of production space, with the remaining SF planned for warehouse operations. This building was designed with future SCAPA growth in mind and will expand to a total of 250,000 SF.  

After the first day of site work, the Hollingsworth construction team saw 18 days of rain, with total rainfall twice the normal average. While rain might be beneficial for spring flowers, it created a tremendous challenge for The Hollingsworth Companies’ construction team. The construction team should be commended for their efforts to meet our commitment to SCAPA. They have since moved 20,000 yards of dirt, poured footings on pilings, and went on a 7-day work week to pull back the schedule. SCAPA HealthCare is a market leader in products for Advanced Wound Care, Consumer Wellness Products, and Medical Device Fixation. While they have a broad range of products, one of their most recognized contract products is the Breathe Right Nasal Strips. SCAPA’s products, both sterilized and non-sterilized, are shipped around the world and are recognized in the healthcare market as the gold standard in advanced wound care.

The Knoxville facility for Scapa Healthcare is recognized as a Center of Excellence with dedicated resources and processes combined with state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to help customers bring products to market faster. Each Center hosts R&D labs, specialized program managers and engineers to take new programs from development to manufacturing in an efficient, controlled and expedited manner. This new, larger facility will allow  SCAPA to further expand its manufacturing and R&D capabilities.

The Hollingsworth Companies is well known for its predesigned build-to-suit facilities and quick-ship prototype building developed with A&S Building Systems. The combination of these capabilities provides for the building structure to be delivered to the site ready to begin erection in just six weeks from the receipt of a building permit. In 35 years of industrial development experience, we have never delivered a facility late.

 

The Hollingsworth Companies would like to welcome a new tenant to the SouthPoint Business Park in Huntsville, Alabama

A distribution company, yet to be named, is the newest tenant in the SouthPoint Business Park located in Huntsville, Alabama. The 252,800 square foot facility was being built as a virtually complete speculative building scheduled to be completed mid-December 2017. Due to the high demand for Class A industrial space, the building was completely leased prior to completion. After completion of the speculative building and additional upfit construction, the building was occupied January 1, 2018.

SouthPoint Business Park, Alabama has seen rapid expansion since the election. A 206,500 SF building was leased in the park in late 2016; and, as a result, the 252,800 SF building was built and is now leased. Mid-year 2017, a 108,960 SF facility was leased so a new 108,960 SF facility was started in July 2017. This new 108,960 SF facility is scheduled to be complete in January and has received a great deal of interest by both defense contractors and commercial manufacturing companies.

To meet the demand for both of the mid-size industrial buildings that were leased, a new 225,000 SF virtually complete speculative building will be started in February 2018. This facility will be constructed with docks down one side of the building. The design of the facility will accommodate cross docks if required.

Huntsville is continuing to see record growth, the BOCAR Group’s first facility in the United States will be directly adjacent to the SouthPoint Business Park in Alabama. Governor Kate Ivey and Mayor Tommy Battle both attended the ground breaking in December with senior executives from BOCAR Germany in attendance. The BOCAR Group is a German company with a presence in the United States, Germany, Mexico, and Japan. It is a high-end technology automotive company with extensive experience producing high pressure aluminum die casting, plastics, and machining.

Numerous articles in the press have stated the Huntsville mega site is in final contention for the new Toyota Mazda plant. This location is located less than 8 miles from SouthPoint Business Park, Alabama. Final selection for this new plant is scheduled for early 2018. Placing this plant in Alabama would spur further grow in the Huntsville metro area in addition to the current growth created by the Army Procurement Command, Redstone Arsenal, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The SouthPoint Business Park Alabama is located adjacent to both the I-65 and 1-565. This location provides excellent access to markets from Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY to the north and Birmingham and Montgomery, AL to the south. This corridor is highly favored by companies that serve the southern automotive market.

Amherst, VA – Bucking Common Wisdom

“Our lowest freight costs nationwide are in Amherst, Virginia.”

We didn’t expect to hear that on our recent visit to Glad Manufacturing. However, unexpected bonuses are becoming the norm in this community nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Located near Lynchburg and Charlottesville at a hub of American conveying and material handling expertise, with over 45,000 university students and exceptional workforce development programs, the region rivals any for advanced manufacturing and modern logistics resources. Bucking common wisdom, Amherst’s location at a four lane divided highway puts it at the hub of a transportation network leading to several interstates, rather than being along just one.

Amherst and The Hollingsworth Companies have partnered to provide new industrial facilities at the Brockman Business and Industrial Park. Pre-permitting and an execution plan assure that industrial buildings can be ready in as little as six months, with flexible financial terms to lease or purchase. A prototypical building will feature wide column spacing, clear heights of over 30 feet, laser leveled high strength industrial floors, and energy efficient lighting systems.

Communities like Amherst are the reason that household names like J. Crew and Glad Manufacturing call the region home. And, we have a sneaking feeling that they have discovered a lot more than lower freight costs.

Meigs County, TN – Packed with Amenities

The welcome mat is out in Meigs County. Four pad ready sites have been prepared to immediately accommodate new industries. Meigs County is the smallest county in Southeast Tennessee, but it is packed with amenities like lakefront sites on Watts Bar Lake and the Hiwassee River, creating an exceptional quality of life. Meigs County has a desirable rural feel but is strategically located between Chattanooga and Knoxville just off I-75.

Community leaders are interested in creating more jobs and economic growth to enhance Tennessee’s growing automotive industry. The partnership between Meigs County-Decatur Industrial Development Board and the Hollingsworth Companies under its Southern Advantage program has moved Meigs County and the City of Decatur to the forefront of industrial recruitment. A 108,000sf pad ready site has already been designed by the Hollingsworth Companies which reduces the construction time to 120 days and the building may leased or purchased. The project was funded through grant money awarded to Meigs County by the Appalachian Regional Commission to foster job creation and economic and community development.

If your business is ready to grow, remember The Hollingsworth Companies do not just build buildings…we build businesses. Come to Meigs County and let us show you what we can do together.

Twiggs County – Ready to Grow in the Center of Georgia

Academy Sports & Outdoors, Twiggs County’s first major new industry located in the I-16 Industrial Park created over 400 jobs and they are now a major partner in economic development within the community. Being centrally located in Georgia an equal distance from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and the ports of Savannah, and located on interstate highway I-16, Twiggs County is perfectly positioned for distribution of items large and small across the region and across the world. Both Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads serve Twiggs County for even greater options to move product to customers.

Given these strong assets, it is the ideal location for distribution centers, military suppliers and companies utilizing trucks, rail or transoceanic shipping to transport goods. Twiggs County’s partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies is a match made to capture opportunities and jobs with the ability to deliver an industrial building that features wide column spacing, clear heights of 32 feet or more, laser leveled high strength industrial flooring to serve modern logistics and manufacturing operations all in less than 6 months with a proven developer.

Community partners include the Development Authority of Jeffersonville and Twiggs County, I-16 Corridor Alliance, and the Georgia Economic Development Association who are willing to go the extra mile make Twiggs County a great place for you to do business.

WELCOME, FICOSA!

In Cookeville, TN on June 9, 2015, a large crowd gathered to celebrate breaking ground on the new consolidated and expanded US manufacturing facility of 264,000 SF for Ficosa North America.

The City of Cookeville, Putnam County, Ficosa and The Hollingsworth Companies worked together for two years to develop the new, state of the art advanced manufacturing facility that will manufacture and assemble new high technology side-view mirrors and blinker assemblies for multiple automotive OEMs. This “Southern Advantage” success story can be traced back to the relationship between The Hollingsworth Companies, Putnam County and the City of Cookeville’s cooperation in being totally prepared to meet the needs of Ficosa. Ficosa evaluated a number of potential locations in multiple states, but all the efforts to have: land, infrastructure, a team of community leaders, coupled with a versatile Industrial Developer ready to make things happen paid off. The ironic part is that a project taking two years to close, would not have landed in Cookeville had it not been ready when the process started. Even though it might have been possible to assemble the land and infrastructure during that period, the discussion would have never started if the pre-requisites were not already accomplished. Promises to get it done quickly are too risky for companies like Ficosa to commit to such an important investment. Success comes to those who are best prepared (land infrastructure, committed community leaders and a versatile experienced developer), and work hard every day to make it happen. That is exactly why the Ficosa, Cookeville, Putnam Co. project will be a Tennessee model for success for years to come.

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