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Concrete firm plans local plant, 100 jobs

May 02, 2000|By LAURA ERNDE

A concrete paving stone company will create 100 jobs over the next two years at a manufacturing plant to be built on Hopewell Road in Washington County, economic development officials said Tuesday.

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Pavestone Inc., based in Addison, Texas, will construct its new plant along Interstate 81 in the Crossroads Corporate Center, which is owned by Tiger Development, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

The company makes pavers, edgers, retaining walls, landscaping systems and erosion control products. Its largest customers include Lowe's and Home Depot.

The company employs more than 1,000 people. Sales this year are expected to exceed $175 million.

"Manufacturing jobs are important for our county's economy, and Pavestone is well known to provide good-paying jobs and benefits," said Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook.

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The company would not reveal prospective salaries, saying only that they would be competitive for the industry.

The average annual salary for manufacturing jobs was $34,800 in 1998, according to the county's Economic Data Summary.

Pavestone has begun advertising for people to fill various positions, including plant manager, machine operator and supervisor, said EDC Marketing Director Tom Riford.

The Washington County Planning Commission approved site plans for the 21-acre complex Monday night.

The company plans to build two buildings - a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing building and a 5,000-square-foot administration building.

Other parts of the property will be used for outside storage, and there is room for expansion.

One of the company's main suppliers, Rampf Molds in Hagerstown, helped to convince the company to come to Washington County, said Tim Troxell, assistant director of the EDC.

The company chose the county because of its location, cost, access and infrastructure, said Pavestone's Executive Vice President Bobby Staten.

"We're very impressed with Washington County, its resources and its people," he said.

Ground will be broken next week and the 100 jobs will be created over the next two years, Riford said.

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