Mullican Flooring Invests In $15 Million Expansion At Johnson City, Tennessee, Manufacturing Plant
According to state economic development officials, the company will acquire a 126,000-square-foot warehouse at 129 Roweland Drive in Johnson City. The building will be used to store raw materials and finished products. The extra capacity will provide additional space at the company’s Johnson City headquarters and production plant to meet increased manufacturing needs.
The company, which manufactures and sells a variety of prefinished and engineered flooring products, plans to hire 50 to 80 new employees during the next year. Over the next five years, the company plans to invest approximately $15 million in equipment, buildings and working capital in Johnson City. Once completed, the latest expansion will nearly double the company’s current employment base in Washington County.
“Mullican Flooring has always found Washington County, Johnson City and the state of Tennessee to be exceptional partners to local businesses,” Neil Poland, President of Mullican Flooring, said. “The tremendous work ethic of our existing employees has created a successful foundation at our Johnson City plant to help make this expansion possible. We look forward to reaping the benefits that this expansion will provide to both Mullican Flooring and our hometown community.”
“Mullican Flooring is one of Tennessee’s homegrown success stories and I applaud them for their commitment to provide another 200 jobs for Johnson City and Washington County residents,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “Our state’s ideal location, low cost of doing business and the strength of East Tennessee’s workforce make the Volunteer State the perfect place for manufacturing companies to thrive.”
“Over the last five years, Tennessee has posted the second-largest percentage increase among Southeastern states in manufacturing GDP, which reached $51.1 billion last year,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said. “To achieve such gains, we’ve needed to foster a business environment where manufacturers like Mullican Flooring can hit on all cylinders.”
This expansion marks Mullican Flooring’s fourth major growth initiative in Johnson City during the past 16 years. Founded in 1985 as a manufacturer of unfinished solid hardwood flooring, Mullican Flooring moved its corporate headquarters to Johnson City in 2000.
In 2010, Mullican Flooring completed a $6 million expansion at its Johnson City facility that included additional production capabilities. In 2012, the company completed a $12 million expansion project when it relocated its Johnson City headquarters and manufacturing operations to a larger, state-of-the-art facility on Woodlyn Road. That major expansion enabled the company to develop new product lines and shift previously offshored jobs to the United States.
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