March 5, 2015

EFCO Corporation claims last vacant industrial space in West Memphis

The last vacant industrial space in West Memphis is vacant no more now that EFCO Corporation is coming to town.

The Des Moines, Iowa-based EFCO announced today that it plans to open a re-fabrication manufacturing facility in what is known as the old Superior Building at the end of South Avalon. The building was vacated last year.

The EFCO facility will primarily serve the south central region of the United States, providing standard and custom-built formwork and shoring for concrete construction work.

EFCO Corporation is a provider of engineered formwork and shoring solutions to concrete construction clients worldwide. EFCO’s services include rental and sales of standard and custom shoring and formwork systems, engineering design services, and support for all phases of the concrete construction project.

EFCO has supplied projects ranging from the World Trade Center Freedom Tower in New York and City Center in Las Vegas to the Indianapolis Colts Stadium and the University of Alabama Football Stadium Expansion. EFCO’s products and engineering solutions help build bridges, power plants, commercial high-rise buildings, water treatment facilities, parking garages and stadiums.

With EFCO’s move into the city, West Memphis has a 0 percent vacancy rate for industrial space, compared to 14 percent vacancy in Memphis and North Mississippi.

“We are pleased to welcome EFCO to our community—we know they had many options to consider in establishing a regional center,” West Memphis Mayor William Johnson said. “Their decision affirms the appeal of our low operating costs compared with other sites in the Mid-South. And it builds on the momentum we experienced last year with $150 million worth of business and industrial expansion and locations.”

EFCO Corporation’s re-fabrication process includes welding, cutting, painting, repairing, assembly and other processes related to its products. The company’s products include handset formwork systems, radius and heavy-duty formwork systems, column formwork, handset and heavy duty shoring systems, jump systems, self-climbing and guided rail systems, perimeter protection systems and custom formwork and custom shoring systems.

In addition to emptying the vacancy list, EFCO’s move into West Memphis will burnish the city’s reputation even further, said Economic Development Director Ward Wimbish.

“EFCO doing work here brings us first-class exposure,” Wimbish said. “Anybody doing a big construction project in the area will be more likely to have West Memphis on their radar.”