Madison industry adding more than 200 jobs

MADISON - Mannington Mills Inc. has announced that it will undergo a major expansion of its luxury vinyl tile manufacturing operation that is located in Madison.

The company will break ground for the expansion immediately, with plans to double the size of that facility’s footprint, it announced in a press release this week. This venture will also significantly increase Mannington’s local workforce, creating 219 new jobs over the next few years, with the potential for even more.

“This expansion is coming to fruition thanks in large part to cooperation from Susie Haggard, Carl Campbell, Jennifer Nelson and other officials in the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as well as Chuck Scragg at Georgia Power,” said Russell Grizzle, president and CEO of Mannington Mills Inc. “With the approval of Gov. (Nathan) Deal, we were able to put together an aggressive plan that will allow Mannington to expand and grow in the state of Georgia. We are grateful to them for helping to make this vision a reality.”

Over the past few years, Mannington has experienced tremendous growth, first with the acquisition of Burke Flooring in 2008 and again in March of 2012 with the acquisition of Amtico.

“When it’s complete, Mannington’s LVT manufacturing capacity will have quadrupled since March 2012. We’re very excited to be expanding in the state of Georgia, and offering new job opportunities in the Madison community. Many thanks to Michael Lamar and Bob Hughes at the Madison-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce for being instrumental in the process,” said Doug Ankney, vice president of operations at Mannington.

The facilities will be constructed as energy-efficient buildings, generating a significant amount of usable energy from renewable energy partners. Additionally, the company states, Mannington will maintain its current standards in product, quality and service during the expansion, without interruption, and the facility will be fully operational by January 2015.

“Mannington’s decision to grow its business here in Georgia is a direct reflection on the high quality of our workforce and the ease of access we provide to its global markets,” said Deal in a press release. “These are the most critical components of the portfolio we are building in support of our goal of making Georgia the No. 1 state for business.”