Monday, June 4, 2018

F.L. Crane & Sons, Inc. expands to North Harrison County Industrial Complex

Gulfport, Mississippi (June 4, 2018) — The Harrison County Development Commission and the Harrison County Board of Supervisors are pleased to announce that F.L. Crane & Sons, Inc. has selected a 12-acre site in the North Harrison County Industrial Complex for expanding its operations in Mississippi. The Fulton, MS based commercial wall and ceiling contractor is well diversified with 12 divisions specializing in Manufacturing, Design, Construction Technology, Drywall, Acoustical Ceilings, Floor Coverings, Lath and Plaster, Spray Coatings, Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems, Custom Crating, Exterior Metal Panel Systems, Prefabricated Exterior Wall Panel Systems, and Load Bearing Structures for commercial construction. The company plans to invest in a new 80,000 square foot building bringing 50 new jobs to Harrison County and an investment of more than $3 million dollars.

“Our business has outgrown our current facilities,” said F.L. Crane & Sons, Inc. Division President Jeremiah Lowell. “The search for a site to accommodate a new product line and our existing business lead us to Harrison County’s new industrial park in Saucier. The Harrison County site allows us to conduct all of our business under one roof and optimize operations. Our team is excited about the partnership that has been built with Harrison County and the employment opportunities that will be offered to area residents,” said Lowell.

“According to Bill Lavers, Executive Director of the Harrison County Development Commission, “I received a call from Jeremiah and met him on site in less than 30 minutes. Within two weeks the Harrison County Development Commission staff met with the leadership team of F.L. Crane & Sons, Inc. to finalize the site selection and discuss the timeline for the company’s expansion plans. We are excited about working with this 70-year old employeeowned company and locating the first industry in the North Harrison County Industrial Complex” said Bill Lavers, Executive Director of the Harrison County Development Commission.

About F.L. Crane & Sons, Inc.

www.flcrane.com


F.L. Crane & Sons, Inc. represents a generation of dedicated laborers, working together to build a reputation that’s second to none. That reputation began in the 1940’s as a one-man operation, designed to meet the needs of a society facing the Great Depression. Now F.L. Crane & Sons is one of the most extensive finishing contractors in the nation. We’ve stretched out our hands to achieve a standard untouched by competitors. And this is why our list of capabilities continues to grow.

F.L. Crane & Sons, Inc. is a small business that my father, F. L Crane, established in 1947. Our Company started with a crew of five or six people. Over the years, my brother, Jimmie and I were brought into the business. In 1963, the business was incorporated. By 1985, the small corporation had opened two other locations, one in Austin, TX and the other in Angie, A. At that time, approximately 150 people were employed. Then in the early 1990’s, the Casino Construction began. Based on the success of these smaller offices, as well as the Fulton Division and the modern technology of being able to estimate jobs with a computer rather than by hand, additional offices were opened in Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS, Cleveland, MS, Tuscaloosa, AL, Ocean Springs, MS, Huntsville, AL. Our corporation now consists of the headquarters being in Fulton, MS along with twelve other branch offices with a workforce of over 800 people. Our philosophy is that with the proper management, any new business opened will be an asset to our employees, the surrounding community and ourselves.

— Johnny Crane

Harrison County Development Commission
12281 Intraplex Parkway
Gulfport, MS 39503
228.896.5020

Jimmy Levens

Jimmy Levens

President
Jimmy Levens Builders
Appointed by Harrison County, District 3
Warren Conway

Warren Conway

Vice President
Conway Attorney at Law
Appointed by Harrison County, District 4
John "Shorty" Sneed

John “Shorty” Sneed

Treasurer
Bancorp South Insurance Services, Inc.
Appointed by City of Gulfport
Mark Schloegel

Mark Schloegel

Secretary
Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
Sharon Bentz Mustered

Sharon Bentz Mustered

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
Jennifer Burke

Jennifer Burke

Appointed by City of Pass Christian
Frank Castiglia, Jr.

Frank Castiglia, Jr.

Mississippi Power Company
Appointed by City of Long Beach
Rip Daniels

Rip Daniels

Appointed by Harrison County, District 1
Brian Gollott

Brian Gollott

Gollott & Sons Seafood, Inc.
Appointed by City of D’Iberville
Cliff Kirkland

F. Cliff Kirkland

City of Biloxi Chief Civil Innovation and Development Officer
Appointed by City of Biloxi
Sam LaRosa, Jr.

Sam LaRosa, Jr.

Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Company, Retired Partner
Appointed by Harrison County, District 5
Bill Lavers

Bill Lavers

Executive Director
Marcia A. Crawford

Marcia A. Crawford

Director, Marketing & Relocation
Michelle Fitts

Michelle Fitts

Executive Assistant

Lori Frazier

Director of Finance
Shannon Haynes

Shannon Haynes

Project Manager
Brandi Hough

Brandi Hough

Director, Business Development

Staci Necaise

Development Coordinator
Sage Rowell

Sage Rowell

Utility Technician
Keith Peebles

Keith Peebles

Operations & Maintenance Specialist
Don Clark

Don Clark

Consultant
Lee Barnes

Lee Barnes

Special Projects Coordinator
Jayden Magee

Jayden Magee

Intern, Gulfport High School
Alyssa Castillo

Alyssa Castillo

Intern, Gulfport High School