In November 2005, employees began reporting for work at the new Hino Motors Manufacturing facility in Marion, Arkansas. Approximately 280 workers will eventually be employed at the plant as part of the company’s Phase One development. When it becomes fully operational, Hino will be the largest private employer in the city and provide an enormous economic boost to Crittenden County.
The plant, which covers 387,000 square feet, is built on a foundation of concrete supplied by Razorback Concrete Company.
The footings required about 3,000 cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete, and the slab required another 10,000 cubic yards,” said Keith Wetsell of Razorback Concrete. “That’s a large project and timing was crucial. The contractors started erecting steel for the walls as soon as the footings were cured, so it was a fast-paced operation.
Jay-Ton Construction of Burlison, Tennessee, acted as contractor for the foundations and footings. Bud Burleson, the company’s president, was extremely pleased about his collaboration with Razorback Concrete.
Razorback did an excellent job; they always do a good job,” said Burlison. “Their service was good and the quality of their product is just excellent, and that’s so important because the quality of the ready-mix effects everything else – the set-up time, the quality of the finish, everything.
Lockwood Greene, headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is the general contractor for the job. Smith-Doyle Construction of Memphis is the contractor for the building’s slab, and Ahren’s Laser Screed of Memphis provided the finishing, sawing and curing work.
“Of the concrete suppliers that I have used over the past 20 years, Razorback Concrete is right there at the top of the list for quality and consistency,” said Mike Accola of Ahrens Laser Screed.
For Marion, population 10,500, the plant has already had an impact on business and the local economy.
We’ve seen more interest and inquiries than ever before,” said Kay Brockwell, director of economic development for the City of Marion. “Last year we set a record for the number of new single-family housing permits we issued, and we expect to break that record this year. The Hino plant has already been very good for our city.