Huber Engineered Woods LLC (HEW) will reopen its manufacturing facility in Spring City, TN, located northeast of Chattanooga. The manufacturer of specialty building products will create 141 new jobs as part of the reopening.
HEW’s Spring City facility originally opened in 1997, but halted production during the housing market downturn in 2011. The facility is currently undergoing upgrades in preparation of manufacturing specialty panel products including AdvanTech® subflooring and ZIP System® sheathing products. It is one of only five continuous press operations in North America dedicated to the production of oriented strand board (OSB) products. HEW will begin hiring at the Spring City facility in early 2017, with the mill scheduled to begin full production in April 2018.
“The reopening of our Spring City mill is an indication of the strength and resiliency of our ZIP System® and AdvanTech® branded products,” said Huber Engineered Woods President Brian Carlson. “This operational investment will increase our company’s production capacity and further enhance our product availability and highly regarded customer service.
“We are thankful for the support we received from the State of Tennessee, TVA and Rhea County for the reopening of the Spring City facility. Governor Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, TVA Senior Vice President John Bradley and Rhea County Executive George Thacker and their teams played instrumental roles in our decision-making process for the re-start of our Spring City location,” Carlson added.
“Huber Engineered Woods serves thousands of building products dealers and distributers throughout North America and choosing to restart its Tennessee operations speaks volumes to Rhea County’s skilled, well-trained workforce,” said Gov. Haslam. “We appreciate Huber Engineered Woods’ continued commitment to Tennessee and for bringing us another step closer to our goal of being the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“With over 3,700 employees at approximately 30 establishments, the manufacturing sector employs more people in Rhea County than any other industry, and we are pleased to see that number grow in Spring City because of Huber Engineered Woods,” said Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd. “Rhea County recently advanced out of its designation as one of Tennessee’s 21 distressed counties, and I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts made by local officials and Team Tennessee for promoting everything the county has to offer, including the strength of its workforce.”
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