VILONIA — A business owner plans to have his corporate headquarters established in Vilonia by the end of the year.
After a site plan was approved by the Vilonia Planning Commission on Thursday night, Billy Kenney, owner of Kenney Oilfield Services, said he will now move forward on building a 5,000 square-foot combination warehouse/office at 833 Main St. to be completed by the end of the year.
"It’s going to be corporate headquarters," Kenney told the commission. "You won’t see much going on there. The technicians will be going out to the field to do the services. There will be some equipment back in the warehouse but that will be about all you will see here except for clerical workers."
Currently, the business provides services in Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Louisiana, with "technical employees," Kenney said, constructing and performing "blow out prevention" testing at individual oil field sites.
Kenney said he anticipates adding to his workfoce and having as many as 18 employees by the end of 2011.
"It is hard to find people in this field with experience," he said. "I’ll probably be hiring some and training them from the ground up."
In other business, the commission:
• Approved a lot split for First Choice Development in connection with the Fred’s store. Also, the commission approved the final plat for the building of the store on Arkansas Highway 107 next to Regions Bank. It was said that other issues including storm water detention and a driveway issue left pending at the last commission meeting have been addressed. Vilonia city engineer Fred Fowlkes recommended the approval saying those involved with the project have been "very responsive and easy to work with."
The plans for Fred’s includes a 16,000 square-foot, one story building.