Hagerstown Block Company begins building new facility

May 14, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Hagerstown Block Company has started building a new manufacturing plant that will add at least 20 jobs, the company said Tuesday.

The new plant will be at least 45,000 square feet - big enough for the company to start with one production line, then add a second, Vice President Doy Sneckenberger said. The company has devised a 10-year expansion plan.

As the first production line is set up in the new plant, the company will add at least 20 jobs and as many as 36, he said. The second production line, if it's added, could mean more jobs.


The company said that plant and shift managers, forklift and loader operators, delivery truck drivers and general laborers will be hired.

Sales jobs also may be added as business grows, Sneckenberger said.

Sneckenberger estimated the hourly wage at $7 for labor jobs to $20 for supervisory and sales positions.

Hagerstown Block manufactures concrete products, including masonry units for commercial and residential buildings, and architectural blocks, which have a textured look. It runs two plants on Oak Street, off Wilson Boulevard.

It also has a ready-mix concrete plant on Hump Road, off West Washington Street west of Hagerstown.

Hagerstown Block has 53 employees working in Washington County and a Marshall, Va., office that mainly sells clay brick, Thomas Roue, the company's controller, said Tuesday.

Hagerstown Block would construct grade blocks, architectural blocks and retaining walls at the new Hump Road plant, Roue said.

Myers Building Systems Inc. of Clear Spring is the general contractor for the plant construction on Hump Road.

Roue said the work started this week. The goal is to finish by September or October - "the good Lord and weather willing," he said.

Sneckenberger declined to reveal the specific cost of the project.

Theodore Martin Myers founded Hagerstown Block Company in 1946. All nine of his children worked for the company.

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