New firm to bring 17 jobs to Iowa Park
By Sherrie Williams
S-5!Manufacturing, L.L.C. will soon be calling Iowa Park home, bringing 17 new jobs to town with a payroll of over $600,000, with plans to expand their workforce within the next two years.
The company owned by Harry Carner and Metal Roof Innovation Limited, a Colorado based company, with Rob Haddock as the general manager will temporarily set up their operation at 500 West Highway while constructing a new 23,000 sq. ft. facility in Industrial Park on US 287.
“Basically what is going on here is I am going to be manufacturing his ( Rob’s) product. So it is not a start-up business in that we have to go find new customers, because we have a big customer right here that is going to be buying our product,” said Carner. “It is going to be immediate employment.”
“We need more capacity. We are busting at the seams and we need to get something going quickly,” Haddock said.
“I made the very first part for Metal Roof Innovation Limited about 20 plus years ago,” said Carner.
The factory will manufacture small parts attachment devices that are used to attach many things to metal roofs including, solar panels, signage, satellite light dishes, etc.
The company will manufacture, package and distribute the parts, which will be shipped internationally.
Carner and Haddock, have years of aluminum extrusion experience and the two have personally worked together the past two years.
“What we are bringing, thankfully to Iowa Park, is product knowledge and experience in this industry,” said Carner.
Carner said he hopes to start interviewing potential employees in late November and have the factory operational by the first of the year.
They plan to begin construction of the new facility right after the first of the year and will take six to nine months to complete. The factory will be an environmentally friendly facility with plans to install solar energy panels on the roof of the building.
“Frankly it is going to be a show place, not only for us, but for Iowa Park and our customers,” said Carner.
“The solar panels are one big part of our business at Metal Roof Innovation Limited,” said Haddock.
Carner said they landed in Iowa Park after he went to the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and talked with Kevin Pierce. “He immediately sent me to David here in Iowa Park to look at the Industrial Park,” said Carner.
David began to work with Carner to bring the manufacturer here.
“We did look at one other building in Iowa Park and three in Wichita Falls. After we looked at everything and our financials we decided the best thing for S5 Manufacturing was to build our own building to fill our needs and for future growth.”
Iowa Park EDC Director David Owen said, “By having the old Wal-Mart available it has solidified our deal with S5! starting their operation in Iowa Park while constructing their new building. The EDC spec building on US 287 did not meet their needs.”
Haddock said Metal Roof Innovation Limited currently contracts with three companies, one in Texas, one in Louisiana, and in Canada. to make their product, and they were looking to do it themselves which is why S-5!Manufacturing, L.L.C. was created.
“We want to bring it all together under one roof,” he said.
The business will start as a one shift operation, but the forecast is to become a 24-hour operation.
Plans are underway for crews to start early next week abating the asbestos from the flooring of the building at 500 West Highway and a drive-in door to be installed for the equipment to be moved in and the product shipped out around the first of the year.