A Hagerman native who started a construction services company in Albuquerque is opening an operation in his hometown.
J&H Services Inc. is starting an asphalt hot mix, cold mix and aggregate crushing plant on East Chickasaw Road to provide for its own purposes and to sell to others.
“We’ve contracted here for a number of years, and it has always been challenging to meet our personal demands,” said owner Jim Mitchell. “A lot of the municipalities and individuals have expressed a need for that.”
The area is ripe for additional materials suppliers, he said. At this time, if J&H Services has work in the area, it either uses a subcontractor or ships the mix from other areas, including Tularosa.
J&H Services started in Albuquerque in 1998, incorporating in 2002, according to New Mexico Secretary of State records. The company does excavation, utility, concrete and paving services for construction projects and has operations in Hobbs as well as Stanton, Texas, which is in the Midland area.
The company has purchased an existing plant from a Santa Rosa man and has relocated it to leased agricultural property about a mile east of U.S. Highway 285. The Chaves County Board of Commissioners and the Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission have approved the company’s special use permit to allow the aggregate crushing site and the mix plant on the property, clearing the way for operations to begin.
The company did more than $20 million in business last year, Mitchell said, and employs about 105 people. Mitchell said 12 to 15 additional employees already have been hired for the Hagerman operation and that he hopes that the Pecos Valley area will account for about 50 percent of its business.
The company’s area clients include the city of Carlsbad, the city of Portales, the village of Ruidoso and Eddy County, Mitchell said. It is also pursuing contracts with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and with privately held interests in Roswell.
In presenting the request for the special use permit to county officials, J&H Services Project Manager Jana Lessard said that the company will benefit the area economically.
“This will be a good economic impact on Chaves County,” Lessard said at an April 19 meeting, mentioning the new employees. “All of our fuel for our hot plant will be bought locally. The asphalt will come from the Artesia area. We believe it will be a good tax (source) for the county also. We plan to produce approximately 50,000 tons of hot mix, and we are not sure on the aggregate production but currently we have several commitments for aggregate production.”
Aggregates refer to sand, gravel, rocks or other materials used for construction purposes.
Mitchell, who is a partner with his wife in the construction services company and is also involved in residential development in the area, said that J&H Services expects to be in the Hagerman area for the long term.
“We don’t plan on leaving,” he said. “Our intent is to stay.”
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