Linatex expanding Wisconsin, Tennessee facilities; adding new jobs

Tina Grady Barbaccia

March 24, 2010

Linatex Corporation of America has announced that a major expansion  is currently underway at its manufacturing facilities in Tennessee and Wisconsin.

“In light of substantial growth in our slurry hose manufacturing line, major expansion projects are currently underway at both the Gallatin, Tenn., and St. Croix Falls, Wis., manufacturing facilities,” Greg Caddle, president of Linatex Corp. of America says.

“With hose sales figures expected to double in 2010 alone, the slurry hose manufacturing line is undergoing a 12,000-sq.-ft. expansion at the Gallatin Facility,” Caddle continues. “Contractors and staff have been busy implementing additional capacity, with an expected completion date of June 2010.”

Caddle says that to accommodate the additional space requirements needed at Gallatin, “it was an excellent opportunity to incorporate the Gallatin molded products line with the already existing molded products line at the St. Croix Falls facility.”

Linatex’s Wisconsin plant is also undergoing expansion in the way of relocating to a newly leased plant that allows for 15,000-sq.-ft. of increased manufacturing space. Consolidating both molded products lines allows for increase efficiencies and the ability to combine and increase resources in the way of equipment and staff.

Along with manufacturing growth comes jobs.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of a third shift and twenty manufacturing positions at the Gallatin facility to be implemented by June, with more anticipated in the future,” Jackie Schommer, vice president of human resources for Linatex says. 

Caddle adds: “Linatex has long been known as being a ‘Solutions Provider’ for our customers and the growth in our slurry hose operations is a direct result of these efforts. In a market that has seen downsizing and layoffs, it’s exciting to be in a position of growth and expansion.”

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