Gateway Classic Cars — which bills itself as the world’s largest dealer of antique cars, exotic cars and race cars — is targeting an Aug. 15 opening for an indoor showroom in La Vergne.
The approximately 44,300-square-foot facility, with an address of 320 Tech Park Drive, will feature more than 100 vehicles and will be modeled after the company’s nine existing showrooms in St. Louis, Louisville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Tampa, Houston, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
According to a release, Gateway Classic Cars is experiencing significant growth and has projected revenues of $42 million for 2015 and $60 million in 2016.
The company sells vehicles on a consignment basis for private entities, collectors and estates.
Warren Hayslip is president and CEO of La Vergne-based precision metal fabrication company Quality Industries.
With the company about to open a new facility in Texas, Post Managing Editor William Williams caught up with Hayslip (pictured) for a quick chat.
Quality Industries is prepping for a move to a new facility in Denton, Texas. What will the move entail?
The 86,000-square-foot expansion will increase our production capacity and expand our office space to deliver products and support services to our customers in the Denton area, the state of Texas, and throughout south central and southwestern United States.
In terms of production capabilities, we will transfer and add a variety of assembly work centers in our new Denton facility and add other metal fabrication technologies — including welding, punching and bending/forming. We expect the plant expansion to be followed by additional investments to further solidify our presence in the Texas area.
Construction is expected to be completed by late November this year, with a move-in date targeted for December. We will start out with about 40 employees, and that employment figure is projected to increase in 2016 as a result of additional capital investments, new product programs and anticipated growth in demand.
Relatedly, there have been changes at your La Vergne headquarters/facility. For example, I understand a recently purchased powder coat system cost $3.7 million. Your industry seemingly requires major capital outlays at various times. What is the QI approach to this?
QI is investing $12.5 million in capital projects and millions of dollars more in equipment and IT improvements.
QI is committed to an aggressive investment policy to strategically position our company for the future.
Modernization of equipment and related advancements in our technical capabilities are critical elements in our overall investment policy and strategy.
Any personnel updates?
Earlier this year, we named Chris Fann as senior vice president of operations and Gary Carter as vice president of information technology and enterprise transformation. Their leadership experience will be quite valuable, and they will play crucial roles in our expansion and growth efforts.
Further, in addition to our new senior leadership, we are adding talented personnel at the middle- and junior-level ranks of our company. Finally, to strengthen the corporate governance of our company, we are recruiting and adding new outside directors with substantial and diversified experience.
Your 2014 revenues were $92 million. You projected 2015 revenues of $115 million. When does your fiscal year end and what type progress are you making to hit that mark?
We operate on a calendar year basis and are confident that we will achieve our revenue objectives for this year.
What are some of the major challenges currently facing the precision metal fabrication industry?
Filling skilled production positions — such as advanced welders and machine/die/tool technicians — continue to be a challenge for the industry. As a result, vocational and technical training are critical initiatives for our industry’s long-term success.
The Fabricator's 2015 Fab 40 ranks Quality Industries among the nation’s top five metal fabricators. Your thoughts?
QI’s ranking as one of the largest custom/contract metal fabricators in the U.S. is due to the steady accumulation of leading-edge production capabilities and the employment of experienced employees over the past 40-plus years.
Today, we feel QI stands out as one of the most diverse metalworks companies in the U.S. — with stamping, punching, laser cutting, bending, roll forming, welding, painting, powder coating, and a wide variety of assembly operations — and a company with an enduring, strategic commitment to quality and operational excellence.
La Vergne-based commercial washing equipment manufacturer MEIKO USA announced today it has promoted Markus Braun to president.
Braun (pictured), who most recently oversaw the company's global sales and marketing for cleaning and disinfection appliances, will lead MEIKO's corporate strategy, resource allocation and growth of U.S. market business, according to a release.
Braun joined MEIKO Germany in 1998 as a sales and marketing manager and led the company’s cleaning and disinfection division. His team developed the domestic and international business, representing more than 20 percent of the group’s annual revenue. In other capacities within the company, Braun served as a trustee for the Oscar and Rosel Meier Foundation, the owner of the MEIKO Group.
“MEIKO is a company based on quality and reliability, traits Markus personifies,” Dr. Stefan Scheringer, MEIKO Group CEO, said in the release. “Markus has been a critical member of our senior management team for nearly two decades and consistently demonstrated incredible leadership and the ability to effect valuable change. I am pleased to appoint him to the position of president of MEIKO USA, Inc. and look forward to seeing the positive results as we continue to expand in this important region.”
Born in Germany, Braun has been an active member of the German Healthcare Export Group since 2000 and has served as a member of its board of directors since 2003. He has been repeatedly confirmed to the position of chairman of the organization since 2004. Braun received an engineering degree from the University of Cologne (located in Germany).
“Each market and industry presents its own unique challenges. Over the last several years, I’ve studied the evolution of the U.S. marketplace, particularly as it pertains to environmental issues and healthcare,” said Braun. “I am looking forward to seizing the opportunities that exist here and building upon the strengths of the team. I’m honored and excited to lead a new chapter of growth and expansion for MEIKO USA.”
Founded in 1927 in Germany, MEIKO supplies its commercial washing equipment to health care providers and food service companies in Europe, Canada, Asia, Australia and the U.S.
Executives at Amazon.com say they plan to hire 6,000 people nationally in the coming weeks for their network of sorting and distribution centers. Among the sites getting new full-time positions are Murfreesboro. If Amazon is hiring roughly the same number of people at each of the 19 centers slated to grow, the company's Rutherford County outpost will get another 315 jobs.
La Vergne-based precision metalworking company Quality Industries Inc. has announced it has signed a long-term lease with WGPB Investments, Ltd., for additional manufacturing and office space in a new building at the Westgate Business Park in Denton, Texas.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in a release.
QI will take 86,500 square feet.
Construction of the new facility is expected to be completed in early October, with a move in date targeted for November. The facility will have 40-plus QI employees in the fall, a figure that is projected to increase substantially in 2016 based on additional capital investments, new product programs, and anticipated growth in demand, the company said.
“This significant expansion in our manufacturing and office facilities will strengthen our supply chain capacities and services for our customers in the Denton area, the state of Texas, and throughout south central and southwestern United States," Warren Hayslip, Quality Industries CEO and president, said in the release. "We expect the expansion will be followed with additional investments to further solidify our presence in Texas and expand into other parts of North America.”
The development team for the project includes The Martino Group as developer, Links Construction as general contractor, and project leasing with Axis Realty Group. Avison Young represented the tenant on the lease agreement.
The Murfreesboro City Council on Thursday approved plans for the $2.6 million sale of 12 acres adjoining Medical Center Parkway to developer Scott Graby, who plans to build The Fountains at Gateway office and retail park.
Graby hopes to close on his purchase this month and begin infrastructure site work in April. His project's $23 million first phase — a four-story, 100,000-square-foot office building as well as two retail buildings — is slated for completion in early 2016. The Hearthstone team also includes H. Michael Hindman Architects, Huddleston Steel Engineering and Roundtree and Associates in conjunction with Huddleston-Steele.
“We worked closely with the city to envision a development that would attract new jobs that currently don’t exist in Murfreesboro,” Graby said. “The Fountains at Gateway will provide small- and mid-sized professional companies high-end features and upscale aesthetics. This combined with the convenience of shops and restaurants that cater to the needs and desires of their employees bring an attractive corporate campus to the Gateway environment.”
Future phases will include a mirror image of the first buildings on the opposite side of a central boulevard and a single-tenant headquarters building of up to 180,000 square feet.
Prologis, the largest owner of industrial properties in the Nashville market, has paid $2.35 million for 18 acres in La Vergne, Nashville Business Journal reports.
NBJ cites multiple real estate sources as saying Prologis plans to develop two buildings, each in the 150,000 to 200,000 square feet range.
The land is located in the CentrePointe Distribution Park.
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