With $5M investment, concrete company turns former Pittsboro chicken plant into new HQ

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By Harrison Miller  – News Intern, Triangle Business Journal

Capital Ready Concrete Mix has called Knightdale its home for nearly the past decade. The concrete materials and supply company has been a family owned-and-operated business since its inception in 2009, serving the areas of Wake, Johnston, Franklin and Durham counties.

But after 10 years, the company feels it’s time for an upgrade. It’s planning to open a new location in Pittsboro, which will become the headquarters and a ready-mix concrete plant.

The project entails a $5 million renovation on a 20-acre site and will create between 45 and 50 jobs. Among the open positions are CDL drivers, concrete batch makers and concrete dispatchers. Capital Ready Mix’s website states compensation will range between $60,000-$70,000 per year, including benefits.

The new headquarters will be located at the former Townsends chicken processing plant, at 270 Moncure Pittsboro Road, which went on sale for $450,000 in 2015. The company is keeping the freezer and cooler spaces on the property, left over from the days as a chicken plant. It’s going to use them as rentable cold-storage spaces for local beer distributors, ice cream shops or other businesses that may be in need of extra space, according to Sarah Lochren, general manager of Capital Ready Mix.

Capital Ready Mix is planning for the facility to have an upstairs office and administrative space, as well as a warehouse and industrial space as part of the ready mix plant. The new plant will house 25 concrete mixing trucks, and two concrete silos have been completed on the site.

The company has planned extensive landscaping projects for outdoor portions of the campus.

According to Lochren, the company has already put nearly $4 million into renovating the property, but there’s still more work to be done.

“We needed more space, we started to outgrow our Knightdale location,” said Lochren. “We’re also excited about all the changes in Pittsboro and projects going on in Chatham County, we’re excited to be part of that transformation.”

In 2017, Chatham County approved and initiated the Chatham County Comprehensive Plan, which describes how the county will grow and develop over the next 25 years, while preserving the county’s rural character, lifestyle, agriculture and forestry.

Chatham County is also undergoing a transformation with the Chatham Park project, a 7,000-are, 40-year development project that will bring 115,000 jobs to the area, driving a $154 billion economic impact.

Article Source: Triangle Business Journal