Benson begins business, right on schedule
by Eric Snyder -- esnyder@cadizrecord.com
Jan 04, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Not even ten months after Benson International announced its intentions to build an 180,000 square-foot plant in Cadiz, welding on the first aluminum trailer to be built there began Tuesday.

“I’m ready,” said Marvin Whitt, plant manager of the new facility. “It’s been a busy four months.”

It hasn’t just been busy — it’s been steadily busy. Whitt was on the 21-acre site New Year’s Day, sorting materials that had arrived the day prior.

This will be the third plant Whitt has managed for Benson and also the second time to manage a plant’s opening.

Whitt, who previously worked at Benson’s Mineral Wells, West Virginia plant, jumped at the opportunity to return to Kentucky, his state of birth.

“I jumped to the front of the line,” he said. “I’m tickled to be back.”

Forty welders arrived for work at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday as the plant begins limited production. Whitt said the number of employees should easily pass 100 by year’s end.

Though the first trailer should be completed by Thursday, there is still construction to be done at the facility. Whitt said the heat was just turned on last week, the construction of office space continues and there is currently no running water.

Moreover, a 200-foot by 30-foot building housing washing and sandblasting bays must also be built behind the imposing main building.

Whitt said the first trailer should be completed Thursday, a process that will become significantly quicker as the assembly stages become stocked. He plans to complete 20 trailers this month, twice that for February and a third more for February.

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