Austin Carolina Tobacco Company

The Austin Carolina Tobacco Company’s Kinston facility was designed for the process, packaging, warehousing, and shipping of leaf tobacco. The project features the use of several attached pre-engineered buildings totaling 510,000 square feet and a conventionally constructed office building. The office is detached from the manufacturing and warehousing space.

The pre-engineered buildings have eave heights of 24’-8” and 27’. Both buildings have a split face masonry wainscot to 10’ with pre-painted premium finish metal walls above and a standing seam roof.

Building on the low-lying site required extensive site work. Over 175,000 cubic yards of fill material was excavated from an on-site location and placed to raise the building floor elevation above the flood elevation. The borrow pit was then landscaped and shaped to form a 13-acre recreational lake.

The Austin Carolina Tobacco Company plant was built using a fast track construction management approach. This approach was necessitated by the need to complete the facility in time to process the next growing season’s tobacco crop and the sheer size of the project. Consequently, equipment placement began within 5 months of the start of grading, and production in the plant started in only 355 days. This aggressive schedule was maintained throughout the winter months.

The H.S. Williams Company served as the general contractor for all phases of the project.

Location: Kinston, North Carolina
Type Facility: Tobacco Processing
Size: 540,000 sq. ft.
Architect: Dewberry & Davis Morristown, Tennessee