MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- It was a big night for downtown Meridian as Progressive Pipeline held an announcement party for their plans for their corporate offices.
The company was started in 1999, since then the company has completed over 500 projects at a value of over $2 billion.
“They are investing $5.1 million in their new headquarters here in Meridian. They will add 25 new careers for people here including Meridian, Lauderdale County, and East Mississippi. This is a day that Mississippi can be really proud of,” says executive director - Mississippi Development Authority Glenn McCullough Jr.
Out of the several locations Progressive Pipeline could have chosen such as Texas or Louisiana. Instead, they chose the heart of Meridian to build their corporate headquarters.
“Meridian, Mississippi is where we want to live. It’s where we want to be, it’s where we want to raise our families, and we're excited that we can do that. There’s a great crossroads here, a good airport, and a lot of great opportunities for transportations. Meridian fits us and it’s where we want to be,” says president/CEO - Progressive Pipeline, Mike Castle.
The company expanded the business by buying the former Melton Hardware building on Front Street across from the Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience.
“The top two floors of the building are going to be our new corporate headquarters. Those are now in Clarke County and were going to move those down here so we can have more space. The bottoms floor, we don’t have set plans for that now. We want it to be some type of restaurant or retail space. Something open for the public to use and enjoy” says project manager Michael Castle III.
Progressive Pipeline began ten years ago in Alabama and has around 300 employees in Mississippi, including 60 in Lauderdale County.
“The more we see Progressive Pipeline and their leadership. The more we hear about community activity involvement, it’s just going to keep getting better,” says President – EMDBC, Bill Hannah.
Organizers say they hope to have the new location open sometime in 2021.