VOL. 113 | NO. 45 | Friday, March 5, 1999
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
Rural Metro, Heartland to build near Summer
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
The Daily News
Construction began Wednesday on a project off Summer Avenue valued at about $2 million.
The project involves two separate facilities, a 6,000-square-foot warehouse for Heartland Industries and a 10,000-square-foot headquarters facility for Rural Metro Mid-South, said Curtis Wegener, director of business development for Flintco, the general contractor on both buildings.
The projects will both be built on a new road, Virginia Run Lane, which will run perpendicular to Summer Avenue at the 5300 block.
The company will relocate its operation from 137 Scott St. when the new headquarters is complete, said Alan Smith, area general manager for Rural Metro.
Rural Metro Mid-South runs a fleet of about 40 ambulances it dispatches for the Memphis 911 service area, Smith said.
"We chose that area because it has good access to the highway system, and it is centrally located in Shelby County which is the 911 contract that we serve," Smith said.
Rural Metro employs about 400 people locally and 13,000 people nationally.
Heartland Industries Inc. sells portable wood storage facilities, known as yard barns, said branch manager Mike Davis.
The administrative and production operation now located at 320 S. Mount Pleasant Road in Collierville will move to the new location which borders the companys sales lot at 5331 Summer Ave., Davis said.
Officials at Heartland have been discussing relocation for several years because of complaints from subcontractors about the trek to Collierville, but Davis said there is a two-fold reason for the move.
"One, to get a better crew of builders in the general area and two, to be more centrally located in the Memphis-Shelby County area," Davis said.
Although the yard barns are marketed and sold by Heartland, as well as local independent distributors, the actual assembly of the structures is done by subcontractors.
In February, Carmel, Ind.-based Heartland Industries was acquired by Playcore Inc., a Janesville, Wis.-based manufacturer of redwood playground systems.
Heartland will start selling the playground systems in mid-March, Davis said.
Construction is scheduled for completion on both projects in August, Wegener said.