Unilin expansion adds new jobs, increases city’s tax base

Wages higher than the county average
Feb. 06, 2014 @ 12:16 PM

After re-opening its Denton Road facility in April, Unilin Flooring will add approximately 78,000 square feet to its Cloniger Road facility to bolster its manufacturing capacity and expand warehouse space.

Unilin has not revealed the cost of the expansion.

However, Thomasville City Manager Kelly Craver said it will be a very positive increase in valuation for the city.

“The final impact will be determined by the valuation attached to the addition by the county tax office,” said Craver.

The expansion offers additional good news — new jobs. Unilin currently employs 280 people in Thomasville.

“The newly announced Unilin expansion, tied with their reopening of the plant on Denton Road, shows very positive growth in manufacturing capacity  for them,” said Craver. “This translates to higher levels of employment in Thomasville at wages higher than the county average.”

Cathy Publicover, Unilin’s human resources manager, calls the announcement an exciting time.

“With the U.S. economic recovery gaining traction and home renovation increasing, our production demands for high quality laminate flooring are growing,” said Publicover. “The company’s investment at Cloniger Road will create many career opportunities for people with technical skills and automation experience.”

Publicover added that the re-opening of Unilin’s Denton Road facility had already yielded new jobs and that the company’s Thomasville headcount also had grown during 2013 to meet growing market demand.

Applications are being accepted on unilincareers.com to staff the expanded Cloniger Road facility when it opens.

Unilin is the largest supplier of laminate flooring in the U.S., selling under the well known Quick-Step® and Pergo® brands through specialty stores, distributors and home centers. Unilin is a division of Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, which employs around 35,000 people globally.

According to Publicover, laminate is one of the fastest growing flooring categories in the U.S., with a manufacturing process that involves using heat and pressure to create a highly realistic, sometimes embossed, wood product to replicate the appearance of hardwood flooring.

“We take great pride in our products,” said Publicover. “When we hire new people, we look for a total commitment to delivering exceptional quality for our customers and dedication to a safe workplace. Experience in a highly technical manufacturing environment is helpful, but we don’t require experience with laminate flooring.”