• “Ozark Materials provides our company with THE BEST customer service in the industry”

    - Local Government Agency
  • “We have less downtime and more time striping simply by running Ozark Materials’ products. Their products run cleaner and cause us less problems than the other materials we have used in the past”

    - Striping Contractor
  • “The Ozark Materials product is without a doubt THE BEST traffic paint I have used in my 27 years of striping”

    - Striping Contractor
  • “Their people are dedicated and make it easy to do business with Ozark Materials”

    - Striping Contractor

News

Ozark Material Announces Expansion

Source: Andy Brown | The Greenville Advocate

Date: January 14, 2014

Ozark Materials announced on Monday that it will make an additional $2 million investment at its Greenville facility.

The company, which first announced in May that it would locate a facility in the former WestPoint Home facility, will produce thermoplastic.

Thermoplastic is a polymer that becomes pliable or moldable at a specific temperature, and returns to a solid state upon cooling. The material is used to stripe roads across the state.

In May, Lee Gross, president of Ozark Materials, said the company planned to make an investment of $3 million and hire 40 people. Gross said he now expects to hire approximately 80 people once the plant is fully operational.

“We thought we’d be in the 30 to 40 range, but we now know we’re going to have more jobs,” Gross said Monday. “The market has caused things to go faster than we expected, and we’re now looking at creating 75 to 80 jobs.”

Gross said he expects to hire the first 30 to 40 workers by mid-February with the additional employees expected to be hired in the fall.

“I knew last year when we started talking that this was a company that knew what it was doing,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said. “This is a solid company that will continue to grow.”

McLendon also praised the Butler County Commission for its role in helping bring Ozark Materials to the Camellia City.

In February of 2013, the City of Greenville purchased the 300,000 square-foot building, which was once home to Rheem Manufacturing and WestPoint Home, for $750,000. The Butler County Commission contributed $50,000 to help purchase the building in an effort to spur job creation in the area.

WestPoint Home occupied the building for 12 years before it closed its manufacturing plant in Greenville in 2011 and moved its plant operations to Chipley, Fla. At the time of its closing the plant employed 120 full-time employees and 60 temporary workers.

The building was formerly home to Rheem Manufacturing. Rheem Manufacturing shuttered the doors to its Greenville plant in 1999.

Butler County Commission Chairman Frank Hickman said the decision to help purchase the building was an easy one.

“We’re always willing to be part of something if jobs are involved,” Hickman said. “Jobs are what are important to people here in Butler County.”

Gross said he expects the plant to open in mid-February, and to be fully operational by the fall.

Ozark Materials Opening Greenville plant

Source: Andy Brown | The Greenville Advocate

Date: May 24, 2013

Ozark Materials announced Friday that it will establish a new production facility in Greenville.

The plant, which will initially create 40 jobs, will be located in the former WestPoint Home facility and will produce thermoplastic.

Thermoplastic is a polymer that becomes pliable or moldable at a specific temperature, and returns to a solid state upon cooling. The material is used to stripe roads across the state.

“From the first time I came down here and saw this plant, and met with (Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon), I wanted to come here,” said Lee Gross, president of Ozark Materials. “We feel like this facility and this community are a great fit for our company. I’m all about a handshake and a man’s word, and I found that in (McLendon.)”

Gross said that along with creating the new jobs, the company will be making a $3 million investment in equipment to get the plant operational. He expects the plant to be delivering material by February or March.

February will mark a year since the City of Greenville purchased the 300,000 square-foot building for $750,000 in the hopes of attracting a business to the area.

“I know when we bought this building there were some people who wondered what we were doing and if we had lost our minds,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said. “We had a plan in mind. You don’t go buy a building like this in Greenville unless you have someone to go in it.”

Gov. Robert Bentley, who was on hand for the announcement, applauded local officials for their role in bringing Ozark Materials to the Camellia City.

“Most of the time, the state takes the lead on projects like this,” Bentley said. “That’s not the case here. This was a local issue, and the mayor, the councilmembers and the commissioners did a great job of selling their community.”

McLendon said the project likely would not have happened had it not been for the city’s partnership with the Butler County Commission, which contributed $50,000 toward the purchase of the building, which was later transferred to the Industrial Development Board of the City of Greenville.

“We work together in Butler County,” McLendon said. “We believe if we work together we can do anything. We try to solve problems together, and we work hard together to try and create jobs. To be honest, I don’t know if we would have been able to do this without the county’s help.”

Butler County Commission Chairman Jesse McWilliams said he and the commission were willing to do whatever they could to help find a way to create jobs for Butler County residents.

“We made a commitment a long time ago to do whatever we could to attract jobs to the area,” he said. “This is a great day for Butler County, and were glad to have Ozark Materials moving into this building and becoming a part of our community. It’s nice to have someone back in this building and jobs coming to Butler County.”

WestPoint Home occupied the building for 12 years before it closed its manufacturing plant in Greenville in 2011 and moved its plant operations to Chipley, Fla. At the time of its closing the plant employed 120 full-time employees and 60 temporary workers.

The building was formerly home to Rheem Manufacturing. Rheem Manufacturing shuttered the doors to its Greenville plant in 1999.

McLendon said he believes the arrival of Ozark Materials to the area, along with recent announcements of expansions at Hwashin America and Coastal Forest Products, may be signs of an economic upturn.

“I think we’re starting to see things get better,” he said. “The biggest thing is that you have to have jobs. The more jobs you have the more money that is being circulated through your economy. It’s all about jobs. If we can create jobs, things will continue to get better.”