Downtown Headquarters Project Gives Artizan Construction Valuable Partnership Experience
Earlier this year, ServiceMaster took part in the Memphis 2017 Economic Development Forum. Organized by the Mid-South Minority Business Council, the forum stressed the importance of creating partnership opportunities for small and mid-sized firms to join together to scale up for projects and grow their businesses.
One of the companies that spoke at this event was Artizan Construction, a minority-owned business that is partnering with Flintco for the construction of One ServiceMaster Center.
Artizan, which has been in business since 2010, is responsible for Division 9 work at the new HQ, which includes installing metal stud framing and hanging all drywall. Artizan will also provide an assistant superintendent to manage the entire project.
Kirby Salton, president of Artizan, is excited to work on the future downtown Memphis offices. “There hasn’t been a project of this size and scope in downtown Memphis in the last decade,” he says. “One of the obvious benefits is that it will allow small businesses to compete for prime contract and sub contract awards. It is also a way for small companies to participate in a leadership capacity on large projects.”
Kirby was born and raised in Memphis. He graduated from Hamilton High School and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before going to American University Law School in Washington, D.C. He first got into construction by working as a procurement clerk at the Pentagon.
Kirby says Artizan has more than fifty employees on payroll, but that number fluctuates based on workload. Artizan has worked on many projects in Memphis recently, including the Chisca Hotel, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Graceland Hotel, Methodist Hospital ER, Pink Palace Museum, International Paper Tower, and the Memphis International Airport.