Look who's growing ...
WILL GROW FROM 13,000 SF
TO 50,000 SF
WILL HIRE 10 NEW EMPLOYEES
BERNEY OFFICE SOLUTIONS
PICKED UP AN ADDITIONAL 15,000 SF
WILL ADD A COUPLE
OF EMPLOYEES A MONTH
OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE
LEFT A 15-DOOR FACILITY FOR
THE NEW 37-DOOR FACILITY
AT 9 ACRES, THE NEW PROPERTY IS
6 ACRES LARGER THAN
THEIR OLD SITE
WILL ADD 15 NEW EMPLOYEES
Room to Grow
Montgomery Industrial Park offers comapanies space to expand
by David Zaslawsky
The latest companies to move to MontgomeryIndustrial Park are leaving behind much smaller facilities that stifled their growth.
“We’ve run out of room,” said Berney Office Solutions President Bill Ferrell, who hopes to move into his new facility in February.
“We’re on top of one another in the facility we’re in right now. We’ve had to expand our warehouse that we’re currently in and we’ve outgrown that as well.”
The situation was the same for Alfred Seawright, president and chief executive officer of Medical Place, a medical supply and distribution company. He said there was no room to expand at his current facility.
“We will have the extra space in case we need it and we’re looking at a lot more growth,” Seawright said. The company plans to open its new facility in 9 to 12 months and see its square footage surge from about 13,000 to 50,000.
Old Dominion Freight Line left a facility that was one-third the size of its new site at MontgomeryIndustrial Park.
Barry White, manager of sales and service for the company, said the new site has 37 door facilities for the trucking company compared with 15 at its previous facility.
He said the lack of door space was keeping the company from growing. “We had to shuttle trailers to and from the building. The building limited us to what we could do. Here we are working more efficiently because we are not having to spend time wasting time.”
The new property is nine acres – six acres larger than the old site.
“We tripled in size across the board – office space, dock space and yard space,” White said.
All three companies are expecting to create jobs. Although it may not sound compelling, White hopes to hire five more drivers. But consider this: He has a staff of 15 employees.
Five drivers may not seem like a big deal, but those new hires represent tons of freight. White said that his current staff of eight drivers picks up 100,000 pounds of freight a day and drops off 100,000 pounds of freight daily.
With a much larger facility and five additional drivers, White said the company’s goal is to increase sales 5 to 10 percent next year. He said before the recession, company officials expected “a 17-percent growth from me, and we met that every single year for eight years.” He said that streak ended two years ago.
Meanwhile, Seawright said that he hopes to hire about 10 employees when Medical Place opens its new facility in 2010. He currently has 24 employees.
Berney Office Solutions will consolidate two Montgomery locations when it opens its new facility in 2010, and the cost savings is substantial. Relocating to MontgomeryIndustrial Park was a no-brainer for Ferrell.
“We picked up (an additional) 15,000 square feet for less money,” he said. The company will save an estimated $5,000 a month on rent, but coupled with other efficiencies, Berney Office Solutions plans to cut another $7,000 a month in operating costs. That’s a combined savings of $12,000 a month in reduced costs.
Ferrell said the company, which has offices in Huntsville, Birmingham, Auburn and Mobile, has been adding a couple of employees a month.
“We’re constantly interviewing people and if the right candidate comes along, we put them on board,” Ferrell said. “Adding one or two people a month doesn’t sound like a lot, but at the end of the year our headcount is strong.”
There are currently 80 employees in Montgomery.
Another MontgomeryIndustrial Park tenant, Turenne PharMedCo, is planning to add 15 employees this year, according to Roger Turenne, president and owner of Turenne & Associates, the parent company of Turenne PharMedCo.
Turenne said the firm is using about half of its warehouse capacity – 50,000 square feet – but “anticipates filling up that warehouse.”
The company, which owns and operates long-term care facilities and provides rehabilitative acute care, has about 140 employees in Montgomery and 950 statewide.
Turenne said that his company moved to the MontgomeryIndustrial Park because it had outgrown its previous facility.