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Zephyrhills concrete company plans new plant

The Zephyrhills business plans to build a ready-mix plant adjacent to its main building on Copeland Boulevard.

By MELIA BOWIE
Published April 29, 2004

ZEPHYRHILLS - Acme Concrete Inc. is expanding with a new ready-mix plant in Zephyrhills.

The company is spending $1.75-million on a new building that will be adjacent to its current site on 14.5 acres on Copeland Boulevard.

The company already is growing with additions to its current facility, Acme manager Mark Arbet said Wednesday.

And two new employees will be added to the 10, officials with the Pasco Economic Development Council said.

Acme, which set up shop in Zephyrhills about four years ago, did so with only a few employees and a couple of concrete trucks.

In the time since, the company has grown from two custom trucks to a fleet of more than 10.

In September, Acme earned the PEDC's Division I Manufacturing Industry of the Year award.

Managers attributed the success to good customer service and a concrete truck that does it all - from mixing and measuring to customizing concrete strength and quantity on site.

Further expansion plans include a site in Polk County and another in Hillsborough.

IN OTHER NEWS: The Pasco Economic Development Council has a new project manager.

Bryan Kamm, 49, an independent software consultant whose experience includes more than eight years with the state's Department of Commerce, will join the staff Monday.

Kamm of Odessa replaces former manager Sandi Snow, who resigned in February to take a sales position with Valcourt Exterior Building Services in Bradenton.

Among Kamm's responsibilities is seeking state incentives for companies considering moves to Pasco, as well as bridging the gap among real estate officials, developers and contractors in neighboring counties. "We are excited about him coming on board," said Mary Jane Stanley, president and chief executive of the council.

Kamm's resume includes more than 10 years in economic development with the state and similar experience with Seminole Electric Cooperative and GTE Data Services. Most recently, he ran his own business as an independent software consultant, but "I've always had an interest in returning to economic development," he said.

Also with the council, industry manager John Walsh was promoted to vice president. The promotion comes with additional responsibilities, Stanley said, including dealing with new businesses and investor relations.

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