Alabama-based Wilson Lumber Company plans to open a new multi-million-dollar manufacturing facility in Westmoreland that will bring 40 new jobs to the city.
As a result of the expansion, the company will occupy 30,000-square-feet of recently created space in the Westmoreland Business Center, according to a news release from the Westmoreland Industrial Development Board.
“This announcement is an incredible opportunity for our city and I believe it is the biggest jobs announcement in the last 25 years,” Westmoreland Mayor Jerry Kirkman said in a statement Nov. 21. “The future is bright for Westmoreland.”
Established in 1949, Wilson Lumber specializes in constructions services including sales of lumber and other building materials.
The new roof truss facility in Westmoreland will allow the company to expand its current capacity and will serve the Tennessee construction market as well as those in neighboring states.
“Our corporate culture fits perfectly with the Westmoreland business friendly and family first culture and we look forward to putting local residents to work in their hometown and being the employer of choice,” Wilson Lumber President and CEO Robb Wilson said in a statement.
The new business announcement came last week after several months of on-site visits and meetings with city officials, according to Andy Leath, chairman of the Westmoreland Industrial Development Board.
The recruitment process also involved the Forward Sumner Economic Partnership, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Tennessee Valley Authority, United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association as represented by Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation.
Wilson Lumber and the Westmoreland Industrial Development Board plan to hold a formal celebration of the expansion announcement after the holidays. More details regarding job opportunities are also expected to become available in the coming weeks.