Mid-State was established in 1973. Since the beginning, it has been a forerunner in its class, providing expert in-house machining and fabrication services with large scale capabilities. Mid-State currently has 500 expert engineers and shop personnel that work meticulously in manufacturing, repairing, designing, dissembling and transporting expertly designed equipment and machinery ranging from gearboxes and trommels, to structural piping, tanks and more.
Mid-State has always had the vision of creating a complete outsourced equipment maintenance company, complete with total customer satisfaction realized through impeccable craftsmanship of product. No matter how demanding or colossal the task, Mid-State is prepared and well-equipped to manage and deliver. With over 40 years of experience, Mid-State stands confident and grounded in the work it delivers, and will remain doing so for years to come.
Mid-State lies on approximately 42 acres of property and is home to 500 staff members. Between our Fabrication, Machining, General Mechanical, and Industrial Maintenance Departments, unimaginable capabilities are made reality daily beneath our roofs. Nowhere else will you find the luxury of in-house services on this scale and with such quick-turn-around. Everything needed to complete a project is available on our property.
We have our own fleet of half-ton to five-ton flatbed trucks and tractor trailers, we offer Gear Reducer Services, Hammer Mills, Rotary Kilns, Piping Fabrications, Sulfur Storage Tanks, Log Washer Systems. We build Tanks, have In-House Precision Balancing, Heat-Treating Services, Welding, Plasma Cutting, Sand Blasting Services, Stainless Steel Fabrication of all alloys and that is only a fraction of services we offer. Simply put, Mid-State is capable of all things colossal and with its 40 years of experience and expertise, no other company compares.
Jeff Clyne has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President since joining Mid-State in 2013. Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of Mid-State and is a shareholder of the company. From 2008 until joining Mid-State, Jeff served as Vice President of Strategic Sourcing with the Mosaic Company, a Minneapolis based crop nutrient business, where he was responsible for worldwide procurement. Jeff began his career as a business owner, and in 1997 sold his Lakeland, Florida based industrial distribution business of 32 years to Hughes Supply, a public company based in Orlando, Florida. Following the sale, Jeff supported Hughes Supply in various positions and eventually as its Group President, growing the company to over 2,800 employees and $1.5 billion in revenues, and locations throughout the United States.
Jeff has been instrumental in the development and leadership of the Florida Phosphate Committee of Continuous Existence since 1995 and is very active in his local community of Lakeland, Florida. Jeff was also the founding Chairman of the Floridians for Industry, Jobs and Growth, an organization created for the education of the electorate regarding matters that affect industry.
Jeff attended Polk Community College and the University of South Florida.
John Hooten has served as our Chief Operating Officer since 2013, having previously served as Manager of Engineering, Fabrication & Sales upon joining Mid-State in 2001. John is responsible for all operational and fabrication activities at Mid-State as well as Engineering and Maintenance. John has over thirty years’ experience in the heavy industrial maintenance markets, having served clients within nuclear, coal and gas power generation; phosphate mining; chemical, manufacturing, cement and sand and aggregates.
John began his career in Health Physics, supporting nuclear outages for several power companies throughout the United States. John joined Babcock and Wilcox in 1988, and served on its Site Management team, supporting steam generator maintenance activities for its nuclear power market. From 1991 to 1998, John owned and managed a private consulting business serving the nuclear energy markets with project management and outage maintenance support for steam generator repairs. From 1998 to 2001, John served as General Manager of Operations for Jack Hicks Steel, a Florida based fabricating and maintenance facility.
John attended Central Florida Community College and the University of Florida.
Tom Hodge has served as our Chief Financial Officer since 2013 and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Tom is responsible for the company’s accounting, financial, and information system areas and communicates with the company’s outside investing community. From 2006 until joining Mid-State, Tom served as Chief Financial Officer of Florida Chemical Company, a Winter Haven, FL based technology company, and eventually acquired by Flotek Industries in 2013. In 1995, Tom transitioned from his position as Partner in a CPA practice to serve as the Vice President of Finance for Mr. Clyne’s industrial services business. Tom was instrumental in the successful sale of this business to Hughes Supply in 1997. Following the sale, Tom served in various positions from branch management to Regional Operations Manager of Hughes’ largest business unit comprising several locations throughout the United States.
Tom attended Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
Nicole Jacobson joined Mid-State in 2019 and serves as our Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for employee relations, workforce planning, compensation and benefits, and training and development. Nicole has over ten years of experience in HR supporting a wide variety of industries including; manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and financial services. Most recently, she was the HR Manager of Recruiting and Administration for ArrMaz, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals. Prior to that, she worked for Mosaic for six years, spending five of those years in a variety of HR roles and a year leading safety projects that supported continuous improvement efforts across the phosphates division.
Nicole is a certified SHRM professional. She served three years on the board as the Vice President of Programs for Mid-Florida SHRM, a local chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management, and continues to be an advocate for continuing education. Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University, in St. Cloud, Minnesota and is currently working towards her M.B.A. at the University of South Florida.
Zach Miller served as our Director of Sales since 2016. In 2020, Zach was promoted to Executive Vice President and is responsible for managing all sales and marketing efforts of the company, including providing communication and direction for our nine dedicated account managers. Zach joined Mid-State in 2013 as an Account Manager and has been involved with the commercial and industrial construction industry for over ten years. Prior to Mid-State, Zach worked with New Creations and S.C. Barker Construction Co as Project Manager and is currently a licensed contractor in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Zach has experience in mining, chemical, pulp and paper, power, sugar, and sand and aggregate industries.
Zach attended Clemson University, majoring in Construction Science and Management and minor in Business.
Adam Hart serves as our Director of Field Services, having joined the company in 2002. Adam is responsible for the oversight and leadership of all field operations of Mid-State, including the ensured safety of over 200 field personnel. Adam joined Mid-State as a Journeyman, displayed a passion for leading people, and was promoted to his current position in 2013.
Adam began his career in industrial construction in 1997 as an apprentice pipe fitter. This led to opportunities to perform work throughout the United States and in the Caribbean working “shut-downs” and “outages” in the pulp and paper and power industries. Adam’s background includes an extensive knowledge in heavy rigging, project management, rotary vessels, piping and safety, and Adam has developed a team dedicated to executing customer needs on time and under budget.
Lance Gunter joined Mid-State in 2014 and currently serves as Mid-State’s Director of Sales. He is responsible for managing all sales and marketing efforts of the company, including providing communication and direction for our dedicated account managers. Prior to his employment with Mid-State, Lance spent 12 years with the Wolseley Industrial Group in sales then progressing to Branch Manager. This work experience has allowed him to build strong relationships and gain invaluable operating knowledge of the Phosphate, Chemical, Power, and Sand/Aggregate businesses.
Lance attended Polk Community College.