(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News
Located adjacent to CCI’s limestone quarry on the corner of Gateway Boulevard and Town Hall Road, the new 16,000 SF bi-level building will house CCI on the upper floor and Blackhawk Transport on the lower level. Both companies, which are part of Hendricks Holding Company and were founded by Diane Hendricks and the late Ken Hendricks, have experienced strong growth necessitating the move and will benefit from a location closer to the interstate.
“CCI has been making plans for this facility since 2012 when we purchased the limestone quarry from Bob Halderson - Custom Ditching,” said President of CCI Brad Austin. “Although it’s bittersweet since we will be leaving the downtown area, the new location is necessary to accommodate our growth while bringing all of our services together at one site.”
Austin said CCI is experiencing about 10 to 15 percent growth a year. It had to move out of the Ironworks facility because of the expansion of other tenants in the complex, such as Comply365.
Austin explained how CCI has grown over the years, starting as Hendricks Commercial Properties’ construction crew in the 1980s before becoming incorporated in 1993 and moving to 201 Short St. It then moved to 1 ABC Parkway in 1995, to the third floor of Ironworks at 655 Third St., in 2000, and eventually to the first floor of the Ironworks in 2012. With 81 employees, CCI continues to grow and recently opened a Milwaukee office.
Blackhawk Transport President Mike Holloway said Blackhawk Transport has increased its revenue 83 percent in the past year. It’s also up to 268 employees nationwide from its 106 employees just last year. Blackhawk Transport has 33 locations across the United States, with its Beloit location at 1431 Manchester Road.
Holloway explained that many companies are outsourcing their private fleets because of costs and government regulations. During the last few years more companies have turned to Blackhawk Transport because it has a lower cost of capital, is able to attract and retain good drivers and has a strong safety record.
Once the new structure is complete, the headquarters will showcase both CCI and Blackhawk Transport’s offerings.
Designed by Bray Architects, the new structure will include limestone cladding intermixed with corrugated metal panels and heavy timber style framing accents.
Separate upper and lower parking areas will serve each company and a walk bridge will be constructed over a patio area that connects the upper parking lot to the second level.
With locations in Beloit, Milwaukee and Williams Bay, CCI is a leading general contractor with more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry.
Founded in 1990, Blackhawk Transport, Inc. is an asset-based dedicated contract transportation company. Blackhawk’s client list includes Nestle, Georgia Pacific, Wal-Mart, PODS and Maglio Produce, Shale-Inland Holdings LLC and James Hardie Industries Ltd. A sister company, Blackhawk Logistics LLC, focuses on freight management and design solutions.