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Hytrol Conveyor Opens New Warehouse and Distribution Center in Jonesboro

Hytrol Conveyor Co. and Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate and Development, through its holding company, Real Estate for e-Commerce, officially opened a new warehouse and distribution center at the new e-commerce park in Jonesboro on Friday, June 24. . The 150,000 square foot facility will provide easy access to I-555 and serve as Hytrol’s main warehouse.

Hytrol and Haag Brown will be partners in the agreement. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Earthworks at the site will begin in the coming weeks and are expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

“This is another milestone day in Jonesboro as a major industry partner once again doubles down on investment in our city and region,” Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver said before the first shovelfuls of soil were dropped. displaced. “Today’s announcement with Haag Brown shows a shared commitment with Hytrol to our region and confidence that northeast Arkansas will continue to grow at a record pace.”

Hytrol is the first company to sign a lease in the e-Commerce park. The park is located at the entrance to the Jonesboro Industrial Market and will provide up to 3 million square feet of logistics, warehouse and manufacturing space. Plus, it’s less than an hour’s drive from Memphis, said Joshua Brown, project developer and director of Haag Brown Development.

Brown said he spent a year and a half working out the details with Hydrol officials. The e-commerce park spans 260 acres and several other facilities will be located there. Hydrol will occupy approximately 15 acres. The establishment of the former is crucial for the development of industry and e-commerce in the city, he added.

The facility will indirectly create functional space within the Hytrol facility for the growth of its administrative functions, including its panel shop and non-manufacturing support activities that include the company’s engineering department.

This is the second expansion announced by Hytrol in Arkansas in the past nine months. The Jonesboro-based company announced plans in September to hire another 100 workers at its Fort Smith manufacturing plant to operate a new product line. The expansion would bring employment in Fort Smith to about 350.

The expansion announcement came eight months after the company in January 2021 leased 300,000 square feet in what was once a warehouse for Whirlpool and invested $20 million in a new conveyor production plant.

Hytrol has over 700,000 square feet of production space and 48,000 square feet of research and development space at two facilities in Jonesboro that employ more than 1,200 people. The company also develops software for conveyors and warehouse management.

Ramsons Inc. will lead the warehouse project. Ramsons has previously worked with Hytrol on its most recent project, Hydrol’s Silver Cell expansion. Ramsons executive special projects coordinator Scott McDaniel said his company is eager to expand Hytrol’s footprint in northeast Arkansas.

“Hytrol does things the right way…their conveyors move the world,” McDaniel said.

Editor’s note: Michael Tilley contributed to this story.