Lewisburg Printing Company to expand

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

Hale Hawkins, the owner of Lewisburg Printing and Hawk Converting, has announced plans to expand Lewisburg Printing Company to the site of the old Wiles Ford dealership.

The vacant building, located on the corner of East Commerce Street and Legion Avenue, was in the process of being demolished after catching fire and burning to the ground in September.

Lewisburg Printing started in 1898 with the creation of The Marshall Gazzette by Thomas Hale Hawkins. Today, fourth-generation owner Hale Hawkins IV, has been running his family's business since 2008.

This will be an 80,000-square foot expansion for the 117-year-old business and will bring roughly 40-50 new jobs to Marshall County over the next five years.

Over the past seven years he has made nearly $20 million in capital investment.

With nearly $80,000 on equipment, the expansion will be nearly a $12 million investment for Hawkins.

"It's nice when existing companies expand," said Eddie Wiles at the Industrial Development Board meeting Monday.

The board approved spending $1,400 to place 350 feet of vinyl fencing near the east side of the sewage plant where the city had 79 trees planted along the Bypass on North Ellington Parkway.

Greg Lowe, Director of Economic Development, asked the board to approve spending to have made 36 directional signs to place in the Industrial Park at each intersection. The signs will help truck drivers find their way around, one thing Lowe says is an issue.

He added that it will also help beautify the area.