BEVERLY, W.Va. — Hardwood flooring manufacturer AHF Products cut the ribbon on a new 85,000-square foot distribution center Friday in Randolph County.
The Beverly-based plant, formerly owned by Armstrong Flooring, will also use the new space for added manufacturing capacity with the potential of creating 50 jobs over the next 10 years. The plant currently employees approximately 600 area residents.
“We’re very excited about the expansion,” AHF Plant Manager Blaine Emery said. “This is a great development for AHF Products because it allows us to grow our capabilities at this plant and continue to be a major contributor to the economy of this region.”
Emery said the large plant actually had a small docking facility for distribution prior to the project. He said the new space will allow them to distribute their projects right from Randolph County.
“We used to have a smaller warehouse with a couple dock doors. We added 85,000 square feet and it allows us the ability to do cross-docking and now we no longer have to ship our material to Dickson, Tennessee to a distribution center we have there only to ship it back to he east coast,” Emery said.
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“There’s going to be folks now that get 40 years of service in the plant and there’s going to come a time when we celebrate 50 years of manufacturing in Randolph County because of this project,” Emery said.
The project was financed through the company along with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, West Virginia Economic Development Authority and the Randolph County EDA.
Morris said AHF will play a key role in the future development of the county.
“We were very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with them and help make this expansion a reality,” Morris said.