Locally owned Threaded Fasteners, Inc. (TF) recently announced the opening of their new corporate headquarters and national distribution facility located in the Crichton business district at 3200 Crichton St., near the intersection of Moffett Road and I-65.
The company initially purchased the 4.5 acre site in 2013 and repurposed an 81,000-square-foot building using local contractors. 10,000-square-feet of the building is now office space while 71,000-square-feet is a dedicated, state-of-the-art warehouse area.
The facility expects to be fully operational by the 4th quarter of 2014, with 33 employees transferring from their former headquarters downtown. Established 35 years ago, TF is one of the largest electrical and fastener utility distributors in the country.
“We have clients in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and India,” internal corporate council Brian Pugh said.
For a frame of reference, large cell phone and electrical transmission towers seen along highways are more than likely anchored by TF’s massive hot dipped galvanized industrial bolts – usually the size of major league baseball bats, Pugh said.
“Our Company has been a fixture in Mobile since 1979 because of the investment and vision of its founders, Frank Martin and Steve Sholtis. Their vision to become a leader in fastener supply to the industrial market of Mobile and surrounding area has expanded exponentially now to include five branch locations in other states: Pensacola, Panama City, Tampa, Gulfport and Tulsa. Additionally, the company recently embarked upon a joint venture in Canada,” president Billy Duren said.
“In 2009 we expanded our manufacturing business into a 60,000-square-foot facility in Semmes and our latest investment is opening a newly renovated distribution center that will serve our customers nationally and internationally,” he said.
Threaded Fasteners also recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. The company has experienced continuous growth over the years and now owns approximately two and one-half blocks of property in downtown Mobile on St. Louis Street. Plans are in place to divest the 50,000-square-foot building in the 400 block in the near future. Jeremy Milling with Milling and Associates is the agent handling the transaction. The 60,000-square-foot, 300 block downtown space, however, will remain intact.
The national distribution facility stores a large percentage of the company’s inventory in a sophisticated pallet rack system where it is ready for prompt shipment to the company’s multiple branches and/or directly to customers. This inventory includes a stock of custom anchor bolts, rebar anchor bolt cages, hex head machine bolts and heavy duty square head machine bolts, which are manufactured in-house at their Semmes location.Threaded Fasteners is operated as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan corporation with approximately 130 dedicated employee-owners; one of the few companies set up locally under such a structure and another reason why every employee is customer-service centric, Pugh said.
Mobile Business Expo expecting large turnout
The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business Expo Wednesday, August 27.
The day will kick off with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon with guest speaker Jim Busby, founder of QMS and co-founder of Centralite Systems. Busby’s speech will address corporate lessons learned, eight reasons why Mobile is potentially a great area to start a company and top three personal keys to business success.
The Business Expo, drawing 200-plus exhibitors and 2,000-plus attendees, follows the luncheon from 1-6 p.m. Admission is free with a business card. Among the exhibitors will be 20 local, state and federal resource partners to assist small business owners with management, financial, procurement, marketing and technical assistance.
Those partners include the Alabama Department of Commerce – Office of Small Business Advocacy, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs – Office of Minority Business Enterprise, Alabama Small Business Development Center, Mobile MBDA Business Center and Women’s Business Alliance.
Information Transport Solutions (ITS) lands Airbus USA contract
As reported previously, Information Transport Solutions, Inc. (ITS), a Wetumpka, Ala.-based provider of Cisco Systems equipment, recently landed the networking contract for Airbus USA.
ITS will provide Airbus’ Brookley Aeroplex facilities with network hardware for its local area network (LAN) – fixed port and wireless – encompassing video teleconferencing and IP telephony. The contract now elevates ITS’ status to that of a global player, providing equipment and services for Airbus worldwide.
“We look forward to helping Airbus internally connect its new manufacturing facility in Mobile and also provide a link to other Airbus facilities around the globe,” CEO Steve Meany said.
“This helps preserve jobs in the Mobile area and will lead to more growth as we are awarded more business by Airbus and other customers. The entire effort will be driven by the Mobile office. They will lead the project management effort through 2015,” Meany said.
“ITS has been growing significantly in Mobile and Baldwin counties lately. Winning this contract with an international company proves our south Alabama staff is highly qualified and able to compete anywhere in the world. We are committed to serving customers locally, whether it is the Mobile County School System, new area small businesses or Airbus,” he said.
Commercial Real Estate Moves
John M. Delchamps Associate Broker with Merrill P. Thomas Co., Inc. leased 800-square-feet of office space at 3737 Government Blvd. to Kirby & Company.
Mark Jones, owner of Master Cleaners in Mobile with eight locations, recently moved from his 25-year-old spot at Westwood Plaza as a result of the ongoing $18 million redevelopment plan managed by Burton Property Group (BPG). The new location is 720 Schillinger Road at the Schillinger Station Shopping Center next to Briquettes Steakhouse and adjacent to Panera Bread.
“Unlike the old space, the new location has drive through service and so far our customers have responded positively. It is also almost twice the size of the old locale at 2,500-square-feet,” Jones said.
Fast Tax Income Tax, Inc. located at 7581-B Tanner Williams Road in west Mobile recently changed its name to Irby and Clanton Accounting, Inc.
“We decided to change the name because our business was being confused with another local firm in the area using the same name. We will continue to offer the same services under the new name,” co-owner Kathryn Irby said.
Article edited to clarify information about Threaded Fasteners.
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