The hardwood industry is growing in West Virginia, and Randolph County is taking full advantage of the economic growth.
Armstrong Flooring in Randolph County held a groundbreaking to begin work on an 85,000-square-foot expansion of its hardwood floor manufacturing facility in Beverly.
“The hardwood industry is the prime industry in this region of West Virginia, and Armstrong Flooring, with their footprint, they are really an anchor institution for the hardwoods industry,” said Randolph County Development Authority Executive Director Robbie Morris.
Working in partnership with the Randolph County Development Authority, Armstrong plans to add a distribution center that that will enable it to consolidate storage locally instead of shipping product off-site.
“This means everything to Randolph County, to Elkins, to the town of Beverly, to the town of Mill Creek, and the state of West Virginia. We employ 630 folks here and this is going to anchor us here for another 20 years. This is a 20-year commitment to this valley,” said Plant Manager Blaine Emery.
Since opening in 1989, the facility is the largest pre-finished hardwood flooring plant in the country, and officials say the location is the best place to invest in the future growth of the industry.
“This is the biggest one that we have. It made sense that this is also the one that’s closest to our customers to make that investment here so we have those distribution capabilities right here in West Virginia,” continued Emery.
“The goal was to not only expand and create more jobs but it allows Armstrong to become more efficient and more effective in what they do and providing top quality hardwood flooring throughout the world,” continued Morris.
“It’s a primary industry, and it affects every county in West Virginia, and we have a facility like this anchored right here in the wood basket of West Virginia, as I like to refer to it. It has such a domino effect on the entire economy.