Washington Evening Journal
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Plans for the expansion of Mid-Am Building Supply in Mt. Pleasant continue to move forward.
In late May, the Mt. Pleasant City Council signed off on the sale of three lots in the Crossroads Industrial Park to Mid-Am Building Supply.
“That was one of the first boxes that needed to be checked off,” Mt. Pleasant City Administrator Brent Schleisman said. “ (Mid-Am) still needs to close on those properties before anything else can be done.”
The lots are owned by the Henry County Industrial Development Corporation (HCIDC).
Mid-Am Chief Financial Officer Jon Rakers said in May that the new facility, which will be at 2201 E. Bluegrass Road, will feature 121,000 square feet of production and warehouse space and an additional 10,000 square feet of office space.
The company’s current facility at 300 E. Harvey Place is approximately 121,000 square feet.
Rakers said that there will be more room for trucks to load and unload at the new facility.
One of the major changes will be the addition of automated door lines for both interior and exterior doors.
“Right now, our door shop crew of 11 build all their doors on tables,” Rakers said. “There’s not much automation to it. It’s going to change their world in a good way.”
Rackers said in May that Mid-Am hopes to be able to place its advanced order for structural steel for the project this summer.
“Hopefully, we can get our order for that in and get our foundation poured before winter hits and build through the winter, provided crews are willing to work through the winter,” he said. “I would hope by the end of 2022, we’d be in it for sure.
“It’s a lot of concrete and a lot of big open space on the inside. Once the shell is up, there’s not much more to be done.”
The expansion is expected to bring up to 14 new jobs to Mt. Pleasant.
“We’re excited about this project,” HCIDC Executive Director Kristi Perry said. “Mid-Am Building Supply has been working with us for the past six months about expanding their footprint in Mt. Pleasant.”
Mid-Am first came to Mt. Pleasant in 1984 when it opened an 18,750-square-foot facility. The facility has expanded four times since.