Plantation Patterns Furniture Company says it will expand its operations from its current location in the Craig Field Industrial Park to additional locations in Selma.
It was a "no brainer" said Divisional President Scott Crumine who explained that the business is staying busy and that the need to expand had come.
Company officials said Thursday they were planning to spend more than $1 million to expand operations, and a larger work force will be needed. The decision will result in more than 100 new jobs over a three year period. There will be 50 new jobs in the first year, according to the Selma/Dallas County Economic Authority. Then, an additional 50 will be added each year for two years.
"This vertical expansion will keep us competitive in a global marketplace while bringing additional jobs to the community," explained General Manager Andy Hewitt.
For employee Debora Bailey, who's been with the company for more than three years, these are exciting times. "I'm at work. I feel great!" she said. "It's a great opportunity to know that a job right here in Selma is expanding..."
Selma has had a string of good economic news to be thankful for as of late. New contracts worth $50 million helped save the American Apparell Company in late September. In August, the state helped keep Bush Hog's plant open, saving more than 300 jobs. In March, Alliance Composites Alabama announced it will open a plant that will employ more than 175 people.
Overall, Dallas County has one of the highest unemployement rates in the state at nearly 18 percent.
As for Plantation Patterns, it's full speed ahead. The company will purchase a 54,000 square foot building on McDuffie Avenue which will house the production of fiber for use in cushions made in the Craig facility.
The company say it has also started a lease on a 94,000 square foot building in the Bell Road Industrial Park to be used as a distribution warehouse.
"When I walk in the door...they [co-workers] won't let me stay down," Bailey says. Her Bailey's attitude is echoed on the street. She says people are talking about the new jobs coming and the expansions.
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