Unilin reopens Denton Road site

Adds 30 jobs
Apr. 25, 2013 @ 09:13 AM

A thriving business in Thomasville is expanding once again, this time reopening a pre-existing facility.
Unilin Flooring is adding 30 jobs to an extensive workforce with the announcement of its return to a site on Denton Road that had been vacant for more than four years. Thomasville Mayor Joe Bennett and Steve Googe, executive director of the Davidson County Economic Development Commission, were on hand to celebrate the addition.
"I go to enough ribbon-cutting ceremonies to know that a job is a job," Bennett said. "We've lost many over the years, particularly in furniture and other types of manufacturing. This (company) coming back is creating jobs for guys like the ones I've had the opportunity to meet here. It's a pleasure to see what's happening for Unilin Flooring, and I'm proud to be a part of it."
The doors were closed on the Denton Road facility in 2009 when the economy went south, but now will be used to manufacture laminate flooring as it was before it was forced to close.  Headquartered on Cloniger Drive in Thomasville, Unilin currently employs about 250 people and is the largest supplier of laminate flooring in the United States.
Plant manager Steve Bradley and Cathy Publicover, the company's human resources manager, are excited about jobs they describe as solid and well-compensated.
"We've talked about adding engineers, technicians, maintenance specials, operators and supervisors," Bradley said. "Last month, we hired more than 12 people. We talked about opening it up and went back and forth with 'Are we sure? Are we sure? Are we sure?' We started talking about it in November, started making investments in February. It was done quickly."
Among the positions available, Unilin is also hiring forklift operators and inspectors, as well as six entry level jobs.
Unilin has invested close to $1 million in capital in the project to reopen its Denton Road facility. The company is accepting applications for new positions at www.unilincareers.com.
"It was a great opportunity for Davidson County and Thomasville to have you guys move here," Googe said to a handful of employees on hand. "I am tickled to death that you are now establishing yourselves back at this site, and I would say good luck to you. We're proud that you're growing here."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.