One of the world’s largest producers of acoustical underlayments for laminate and hardwood flooring, the Georgia-based company announced plans for the expansion in October 2018 with plans to add 15 additional jobs at the Erwin facility.
Perry Muse, vice-president of operations and general manager of Erwin plant, said the additional jobs are now being advertised at a starting salary of $11 per hour.
Muse said an expansion of Foam Products manufacturer operations in Calhoun, Ga., is also underway and new business contracts are being explored that could lead to another expansion in Erwin in 2020.
Company President Erik Arnold was in Erwin on Friday to cut the ribbon on the new 30,000-square-feet addition to the plant’s existing 70,000-square-feet of manufacturing space.
Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley, leaders of Unicoi County Joint Economic Development Board and about 50 Foam Products employees attended the ribbon cutting.
JEDB Executive Director Tyler Engle called the expansion “good momentum” for the county’s manufacturing base. “It’s another sign of the impact of positive economic policies implemented locally and investments in our economic development that are paying dividends now,” he said.
The plant is located in the Erwin’s Riverview Industrial Park on South Industrial Drive, adjacent to Interstate 26 and the CSX rail lines.
In announcing the expansion last fall, the company cited the community’s favorable tax climate and the quality of life in Unicoi County as key drivers of its decision.