Clark Logic breaks ground on $5.7m expansion in Constantine
CONSTANTINE — A new expansion at Clark Logic is expected to bring a number of jobs to the Constantine community.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, the company broke ground on a $5.7 million, 101,000 square foot building addition to their site in Constantine at 950 Industrial Dr. Once complete, the new expansion will create more space for the company’s logistics operation.
“It’s exciting for our team, our entire company and our customers,” Clark Logic President Jamie Clark said. “We have customers that are growing and expanding, so we’re servicing their needs with more space.”
Construction began within the last couple of weeks with the construction of a ring road around the perimeter of the building, and the expansion is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2023.
A few dozen community members, employees, local officials and business partners attended the ceremony, including State Rep. Steve Carra, who presented the company with a special tribute for the ceremony, and a representative from U.S. Rep. Fred Upton’s office.
Clark Logic CEO Dave Casterline said the company was “blessed” to be able to do the expansion.
“This is just another great day for us,” Casterline said. “We’re going to create more jobs from this and continue to create an influx of prosperity for St. Joseph County from now and into the future.”
During the ceremony, Clark recounted the company’s history in Constantine, which began in July 2014 at the current building, which had sat vacant after Rexam Plastic Packaging left the building in 2009. He said when he first saw the building in the early 2010s, it “took my breath away and intimidated me.”
“When I walked through here and it was empty, I almost said to myself, ‘this place is almost bigger than me,’” Clark said, thanking his family and God for the support in the endeavor. “It’s a special building in our community, because I remember all my high school buddies working here straight out of high school. When this place closed down, it was tough on the village and tough on the entire community.”
Clark also thanked a number of other people for their assistance in getting the expansion off the ground, including Cathy Knapp from Southwest Michigan First, who said the county is “fortunate” to have Clark around and is looking forward to working with him on future projects, and representatives from transportation company Watco and Indiana Michigan Power.
Constantine Village Manager Mark Honeysett said the expansion felt “heaven sent” to the Constantine community.
“It’s a wonderful addition to a building that had been vacant and unused for a while,” Honeysett said. “Jamie Clark is one of those special people who, when he decides something is going to happen, it happens. He’s very driven and he’s also very community-oriented. This will create jobs and maintain jobs.”
The new expansion will also be dedicated to the late son of a current employee. Pacino Carlos Ruiz, son of Clark Logic employee Carlos Ruiz, passed away on Dec. 10, 2021 at the age of 34. Clark described Pacino as Carlos’ best friend and workout partner, that he had a “bright future ahead of him,” and said the grief of Carlos’ loss touched the whole company.
“Shortly after we ordered the building, this event happened. When grief strikes you, it strikes us all. Carlos, from day one, has been a part of my family and just a loyal, dedicated, no-nonsense, safe, efficient and tremendous person,” Clark said. “When his son left this earth in December, I made it a point that I wanted to dedicate this day to Pacino Carlos Ruiz and his family.”
A plaque was then revealed that read, “Dedicated to the memory of Pacino Carlos Ruiz,” which will hang in the building once it’s completed. Clark thanked Carlos for his dedication to the company as the crowd applauded.
Overall, Clark said the new facility would be a great thing for their company and the community as a whole.
“It’s a great facility for our company,” Clark said.
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