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New MEVA presence in Spartanburg
Expanding in Southeast after years of continued growth
Since 2015, MEVA has actively developed the market in the Southeastern United States. Matt Woodlief, salesman for the region, was hired at that time to work directly in the Carolinas and to develop our business. After successfully growing the market, MEVA decided to open our first warehouse in 2017, which is located at 11701 Mount Holly Road, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
After four years of continued growth, MEVA has once again expanded their presence in the Southeast by entering the Georgia and Northern Florida markets. A critical part of the expansion was to find a second experienced formwork salesman and after a lengthy search, MEVA hired Jeff Thomas, who was formerly with Stetson Building Products, located in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jeff’s new territory will include Georgia, Northern Florida, and a portion of South Carolina. With two salesmen now in the region, it was critical to find a new location that would be more centrally located to service the new market in Atlanta, while still retaining market dominance in both North and South Carolina. A demographic survey was completed and the Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina region was identified as one of the most suitable markets for the relocation of the MEVA warehouse.
Following the Tier One suppliers
In 1992, BMW Motor Works committed $600 million to build their new US operation in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. At the time, BMW could not have predicted their initial investment would turn into a $11.4 billion investment 21 years later. The plant has been so successful that 70% of all cars now made in Spartanburg are exported to other countries. Because of the monumental growth of the BMW campus, 40 direct Tier One suppliers have chosen to settle in South Carolina to provide “just in time” inventory to the growing BMW plant.
MEVA opted to place their new warehouse in Spartanburg for several reasons: first, it is located only 2.5 hours northeast of Atlanta, on Interstate 85; second, all major formwork competitors are centralized in Atlanta and since MEVA has been successful in developing the Carolinas, the decision to move to Spartanburg was based on continuing to maintain our geographical advantage over the competition.
Next, 26 million people live within a 200-mile radius of the Greenville/Spartanburg region and because of the economic climate, the region has grown at almost 10% annually over the last 10 years. Due to a positive job market, along with a mild climate and the centralized location in the southeast, the area is expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Last, the new location is exactly eight hours from the corporate office in Springfield, Ohio, which complements the geographic markets that both locations will cover.
All MEVA product lines in Spartanburg
The new facility is located approximately five miles from Interstate 85 and is adjacent to Interstate 26, which conveniently places the new office one hour from Charlotte, three hours from Charleston, South Carolina, and ninety minutes from Columbia, which is the state capital of South Carolina. The building is almost 56,000 sq. ft. and situated on six acres. MEVA will be carrying all product lines in the new facility, stock new inventory for sale and scheduled to begin providing preassembly services by the end of the second quarter of 2022.
The building is currently being retrofitted with the installation of new drains for the wash bay, cranes, and the necessary cleaning equipment required for refurbishing the formwork. Wayne Brothers, one of MEVA’s original customers in the Carolinas, has been hired to complete the excavation as the final step in preparing the outside for the storage area. Once the excavation is completed, the fence and gates will be installed.