Better accessibility, convenience and visibility are three of the reasons Jason Workman listed for moving his companies -- Workman Bins, Inc., and Perry Farm Supply -- to Graves County and Grace Commercial Park.
The companies' headquarters is currently based in Palmersville, Tennessee. But the planned site, located north of Mayfield on U.S. 45, will offer more to customers, Workman said.
"Getting trucks in and out, it's just easier access for customers," he said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "Not to mention gas stations and restaurants. It offers some of the conveniences for my customers, and a better area and better visibility."
The announcement was made last week.
Workman Bins builds grain bins and began in 2013 by Jason Workman, a Ballard County native who resides in Hickory after moving to the area in 1999. The business grew with its acquisition of Perry Farm Supply to buy, sell and service farm equipment in a five-state area, the company's website states.
Workman also recently added electrical contracting work to its services and is licensed in both Kentucky and Tennessee.
The planned 6-acre site at Grace Commercial Park will include a 20,000-square foot warehouse and a 48-foot diameter grain bin that will house business offices. Workman said they may also feature an additional 10,200-square foot building for semi-trailer storage.
He noted they are looking at possibly starting construction by late spring or early summer. "We hope to be in by the end of the year," Workman added.
Crediting the Industrial Authority of Mayfield and Graves County and developer Brad Youngblood, Workman said the company also hopes to add to its workforce. He said Workman Bins and Perry Farm Supply currently has 10 to 12 employees and would like to increase that number.
On the electrical contracting side, Workman said, "We're excited about that and how that will grow, maybe five or 10 in the next couple of years."
Graves County Economic Development President Ryan Drane said the tie-in with the county's agricultural economy is a perfect fit.
"We're really excited about the Workman family moving their business and expanding to Graves County," he said. "We feel it'll be a perfect fit for Grace Park and a great fit for the community. We have such a strong agriculture base here, we can see them being extremely successful in this location."
Other business located at Grace Commercial Park include D&D Shoes, ACE Compressors, LSK, Tindal Truck Sales, Sellers Automotive, First Choice Kubota, and C&C Ag Solutions.
Workman said he also wants to help local students, as well. The son of a former high school principal, he said they currently have some high schoolers co-oping with them and would like to work with other schools and vocational training centers to offer educational opportunities.
"We've been blessed. I try to support education where I can," he said. "Somebody gave me a chance to start out. I'd like to give another a chance."