Monday, June 11, 2018

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.

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