Land Shaper, Inc. expands in Bernard Bayou Industrial District
Gulfport, Mississippi (June 11, 2018) — The Harrison County Development Commission announces the expansion of Land Shaper, Inc. in the Bernard Bayou Industrial District. “Robert Parker, President of Land Shaper, Inc. has purchased 13 acres in the park to accommodate his growing business,” said Bill Lavers, Executive Director of the Commission. “Having started his company in 1977, Mr. Parker is no stranger to the paving industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Like many small businesses he started out with limited resources, personnel, and equipment. With the support of the Coast banking community and other contractors, Land Shaper, Inc. has maintained its niche in the Harrison County construction industry,” said Lavers.
A native of Morton, Mississippi, Parker moved to the Coast with plans to stay for two weeks. Forty years later he finds himself the owner of a diversified construction company employing 35 people. After performing small patching jobs, he purchased his first asphalt plant in 1999. In addition to paving, Land Shaper, Inc. has performed site work, water pipe installation, and storm drainage construction for the private sector and governmental bodies including municipalities, counties and military installations.
A current tenant in the park, Parker explains that he is preparing a succession plan for the next 40 years of the company. He has selected a site on Reichold Road that will provide access to the Industrial Seaway for receiving aggregate to produce asphalt. The company will make $3,000,000 in capital improvements to the site.
“Land Shaper, Inc. will make significant improvements to the property performing dirt work, installing an access road and constructing a bulkhead,” said Lavers. “Mr. Parker plans to increase his employment to 50 people. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to work with him and to engineer a solution for the long term needs of the company,” explains Lavers.