Construction on the Electrolux plant has reached the halfway point, meaning crews with Williams Sign Co. put the logo and letters on the headquarters building Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Frank Pidgeon Industrial Park.
Project director Adam Roberts said production of different product lines of ovens made at the Memphis facility will be phased in individually over time. Look for the plant to begin the phased in opening next year.
The industrial park and surrounding area remain a very busy place. Just a few miles away construction continues on the city’s other large manufacturing concern to come – Mitsubishi, which will be making mammoth power transformers at its Memphis plant. The two economic development prizes couldn’t be more different in the scale of the products they will make. But each is a significant presence which is saying something given the older industrial presences in the area.
The landscape in the area remains rural enough that warning signs are posted about hunting and the trees are just about to turn to their fall colors. Lots of truck traffic on two and four lanes roads at the CN intermodal terminal and the other businesses in the area.
There is something to the sight of the locomotives pulling a long string of cars through the dense trees and undergrowth just as they are at their fullest and about to make a brilliant transformation into the next season.
Meanwhile, construction continues on the Mallory interchange off Interstate 55 which is being revamped to handle the existing truck traffic in the area and what is to come.