SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) — Northeast Ohio Precast is celebrating a groundbreaking in Salem on Friday.
The company has helped build highways and even Dunkin Donuts, but the expansion project is tied to a $162 million highway project on I-76 and I-77 in Akron.
Over a year ago, the company was approached to help with the project in conjunction with Ruhlin -Shelly and Sands.
“It started in June of last year and goes through July of 2025. Tony and Northeast Ohio Precast are providing all of the large noise walls, which are approximately 182,000 square feet,” said Pete Kinzer, project manager for Ruhlin-Shelly.
The project is one of the largest in Ohio. The work will include some artwork.
“There are going to be tire tread and athletes and basketball players like Lebron James and that kind of stuff embedded in the sound walls,” said Daniel Lundeen, Northeast Ohio Precast vice president of operations.
To make those walls, the company is building a new facility to house the walls.
“We’ll have an indoor crane and be able to batch our own concrete, which is a very important thing to be competitive,” Lundeen said.
Hively Construction out of Canfield is constructing the building. Work should start in June.
“It’s probably going to be a couple of months to get the building up and shelled in, and then we will do the interior work, and there’s some infrastructure work that needs to be done as well,” said Brian Horn, Hively construction manager.
Northeast Ohio Precast president Tony McCoy said the new 8,400-square-foot building will create three labor positions and up to two office positions.
“It’s pretty amazing what we’ve been able to pull off in the past five years from really starting from scratch in manufacturing to where we are now. Where we are heading is amazing,” McCoy said.
The project is expected to bring $5 million to the Valley and allow Northeast Precast to go from making five yards of concrete to 50 yards per day.