Calstar Celebrates Grand Opening of Columbus Plant
Columbus, Mississippi — October 23, 2014 — CalStar Products, manufacturer of low-energy, low-carbon masonry products, marked the official grand opening of its Columbus, Miss., plant with a ribbon cutting October 21. Community members, state and local development officials, company investors, and plant employees came together to celebrate and provide an up-close-and-personal tour of CalStar’s manufacturing technology.
“Today is truly a great day for economic development here in Columbus and the Golden Triangle region,” Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, told attendees. “MDA is grateful for your investment in our state, and we thank you again for placing your confidence in our business climate and our workforce. These new jobs and this new facility will certainly have a strong, positive impact on the local community and economy for years to come.”
The 100,000-square-foot facility, CalStar’s second, sits on 23 acres in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park in Columbus.
“We are thrilled to welcome CalStar to the Golden Triangle,” says Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK. “Their unique innovation and commitment to bring quality jobs to our community are two of the many reasons we’re looking forward to working with them as they make Lowndes County their home.”
CalStar is running two lines at the plant, each utilizing the company’s sustainable manufacturing process. The dry-cast line manufactures all of CalStar’s brick and Thru-Wall units, as well as Holland pavers; the semi-automated wet cast line produces cast stone trim and accent pieces.
“Columbus has proven to be the ideal second home for CalStar, with a central location in the South, a talented pool of labor, and strong local business leadership,” says CalStar CEO Joel Rood. “As CalStar continues its rapid growth trajectory, we knew a second plant was key to expanding production and capabilities. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to open up in Columbus.”
CalStar masonry products incorporate up to 37% recycled content, eliminating the need for kiln-firing, typical of traditional clay brick, or the use of Portland cement, used to bind concrete masonry products. As a result, each product requires up to 81% less energy to make while emitting up to 84% less CO2. This reduced environmental footprint comes with no sacrifice to aesthetics or performance, and the raw material and energy savings equate to more affordable per-unit costs.