(Jonesboro, AR) October 16th, 2012 – Hytrol Conveyor Co., Inc. hosts event to celebrate 65 year anniversary of being in business as well as its 50th anniversary in the Jonesboro community. The event was headlined by Hytrol President Gregg Goodner, Manager of Marketing Phillip Poston, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin, and Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. Hytrol's special event had 100 community and state leaders in attendance, and all were treated to messages about the company's history, vision, and commitment to Jonesboro. During the ceremony Mayor Perrin presented Gregg Goodner with a key to the city, and Attorney General McDaniel spoke about Hytrol's late founder Tom Loberg and his vision to move the company here in 1962. After the presentations were finished, Hytrol opened its doors to the public for an afternoon of plant tours for all interested in learning more about the company.
In 1947, Tom Loberg started a small company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin making conveyors. He built the first conveyor, now referred to as Ole #1, at the persistent request of a friend who had a need to handle heavy sacks of feed. On a tip from a friend in the material handling industry, Tom called Winthrop Rockefeller, the head of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. The friend told Tom that he could get a "better deal" from Arkansas than the other states where he was looking. He had also heard of Colson's success in their move from Ohio to Jonesboro. It took only two days to make the decision to move to Jonesboro. Construction was started and completed in just 90 days. The 26,000 square foot building was ready for occupancy on December 3, 1962.
Since then, Hytrol has undergone several expansions to reach its current size of over 550,000 square feet. Hytrol has developed game-changing technology with its EZLogic® zero-pressure accumulation family of conveyors, as well as the rapidly growing E24™ 24-volt motor driven roller family. Introduced in 1997, Hytrol has sold over 1.5 million feet of EZLogic®. E24™ was introduced in 2008 and accounts for 15% of powered conveyor sales. Hytrol currently employs over 650 people and is on pace to do $115 million in sales in 2012.
Many things have changed since Tom Loberg built his first conveyor, but the one thing that has remained consistent is the firm commitment of our employees and community. We are grateful for the success and longevity of our company, neither of which would be possible without this solid foundation and support from the Jonesboro community.
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