By Richard Rourk
Foam Products Corp. officially cut the ribbon on the new 30,000-square-feet addition on Friday, Dec. 6.
The addition now makes the facility a 100,000-square-foot building and, according to Vice President of Manufacturing and General Manager of Foam Products Corp. Perry Muse, the expansion will lead to more jobs.
“We are currently hiring,” Muse told The Erwin Record.
Foam Products Corp., based out of Georgia, invested $5 million in October 2018 to complete the expansion. Muse explained that the $5 million investment is continuation of growth at Foam Products Corp.
“We invested $3 million over the past 8 years and added 25 jobs, so this expansion is an extension of that,” Muse said. “It’s a good time to work at Foam Products.”
According to the Unicoi County Joint Economic Development Board Executive Director Tyler Engle, the expansion deserves recognition.
“What a great day,” Engle said. “We are so thankful to be here to celebrate this expansion.”
Town of Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley was also on hand to congratulate the company.
“We are so proud of you and our gratitude goes out to you,” Hensley said.
Muse spoke to the area business leaders and more than 50 Foam Products Corp. employees who attended the ribbon cutting.
“We have been working nearly 50 years here in Erwin, and we are really pleased that we were able to expand,” Muse said. “We are so thankful for our employees who support us.”
According to Foam Products Corp. President Erik Arnold, the opportunity to expand Erwin’s facility was an easy decision to make.
“With so many companies expanding overseas, we are proud to expand this building right here, hire more people and keep on doing what we are doing,” Arnold said.
Muse hopes to be able to offer jobs to those that may be getting laid off from another industrial site in Erwin.
“We are hoping some of these workers that are losing their jobs will come talk to us,” Muse said.