When Mincey Marble officials talked in 2016 about needing new space, they weren’t kidding.
The company’s monolithic new manufacturing plant has risen out of the ground in Gainesville Business Park in South Hall, way bigger than its current operations at 4321 Browns Bridge Road in West Hall.
And the company’s not done yet.
A two-story structure housing corporate offices still needs to be added to the front of the new production building off New Harvest Road, spokesman John Vardeman said.
Those offices will break ground in March with a targeted completion date of early September, he said.
Operations at the plant could start sooner, however.
“We now anticipate midsummer being the time when Mincey moves all operations into the new facility,” Vardeman said. “The main plant structure will be completed by late spring, when equipment will begin to be put in place.”
Additional hiring is expected “but will not begin until closer to the opening of the new production facility,” he added.
Those job numbers weren’t immediately known. The company now has about 300 workers.
Mincey began pushing for a new building, across from the current one, in 2016, but the proposal was met with huge opposition from neighbors.
Plans were approved in the fall of 2016 by the Hall County Board of Commissioners after a long rezoning fight.
In January 2017, to the delight of neighbors, the 41-year-old company announced it had found a new site — 79 acres in the Gainesville Business Park off Calvary Church Road — to consolidate its operations, including a facility off neighboring Hidden Hills Drive.
At the time, Mincey officials said cost was a primary factor in the decision to move.
“Many of (the) company’s financial projections could not be determined until after the rezoning cleared the way for due diligence,” a press release stated.
Cost estimates for road improvements, for example, came in substantially higher than expected, the company said.
Mincey broke ground in April 2017 for the new 350,000 to 400,000-square-foot plant.
Vardeman said construction has been slightly delayed by poor weather recently.
The company has the current buildings on the market and has seen some interest in them, but officials don’t plan to “aggressively market” them until they have a move-in date for the new plant, Vardeman said. Those current properties are for sale with Floyd Baldwin of Industrial Properties Group.