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$3 million asphalt plant coming to Murphysboro later this year

$3 million asphalt plant coming to Murphysboro later this year

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MURPHYSBORO — Murphysboro will be home to a new, multi-million dollar development later this year.

Dave Murray and Randy Fricke run Midwest Material Supply in Murphysboro and said they will be developing a nine-and-a-half acre tract of land across from their current headquarters in the city’s industrial park.

Murray and Fricke said the new operation will be able to run as much as 350 to 400 tons of asphalt an hour at its peak.

Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens is always excited when development comes to town, but the addition of dozens of jobs to the economy is an added bonus.

“I think 30 jobs is easily doable with this operation,” Frike told The Southern, adding there would also likely be about 10 temporary construction jobs added during the building of the plant.

Fricke and Murray said they have already broken ground and said they aim be ready to go for the coming asphalt season, which begins in early summer.

Fricke said he and Murray were a few “homegrown Murphysboro guys” and were excited to be building their business there.

While they do work regularly with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Fricke said the recent capital bill and its road improvement agenda is not why they got into the asphalt business.

“This is really just a natural vertical integration of our current business model,” he said.

Murray added that this addition to their business gives them, as general contractors and road builders, more control over their projects.

isaac.smith@thesouthern.com

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