Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp has announced that Maxis client Creative Flooring Solutions (CFL), a manufacturer of laminate, wood, and luxury vinyl tile, will create 300 jobs and invest more than $70 million in a new manufacturing facility in Calhoun. Founded in Shanghai in 2004, CFL employs 3,500 at three factories, multiple offices, and distribution centers around the world. CFL Flooring is the largest exporter of flooring from Asia, bringing innovation, reliability, and flexibility to the market.
“We are thrilled that CFL has chosen Gordon County to expand their business operations to more effectively reach their customer base,” said Governor Kemp. “The impact of this announcement will be felt across the region as the company seeks to employ 300 hardworking Georgians.”
“This marks a next step in our plan to become a global company, producing closer to where our goods are being sold,” said Thomas Baert, owner and president of CFL. “We are looking forward to contributing to the economic wellbeing of the community in Calhoun, Gordon County, and Georgia.”
“The CFL factory and showrooms in Calhoun will drastically increase convenience of working with our partners and distributors,” said Tom Van Poyer, CFL owner and CEO. “Being able to supply products produced in the United States will allow us not only to sustain our leadership position in product design and product innovation but also create a platform allowing second-to-none service through reduced delivery times.”
Maxis assisted CFL with the evaluation of multiple sites and buildings in three states, while making critical connections with state and local leaders, port officials, and key service providers. Maxis also helped to perform real estate advisory services, including overseeing site/building due diligence, while analyzing and maximizing a significant incentive package to help close the deal.
“We deeply appreciate the confidence that CFL’s management showed in Maxis’ ability to coordinate site selection and real estate execution during this significant step in the company’s history, as CFL begins manufacturing product here in the U.S,” stated Maxis Senior Managing Director Tom Croteau. “Maxis takes great pride in combining experience and professionalism to find the ultimate win-win scenarios for the clients we represent and the communities we work in. Our partnership with owner and president Thomas Baert, as well as U.S. general manager Tony Swink, allowed Maxis to work successfully with key economic development officials and real estate developers to do exactly that in Calhoun, Georgia!”
CFL will locate to a newly constructed 252,000-square-foot facility at 3576 US Highway 41 in Calhoun with plans to build another 250,000 square feet in the near future. New jobs will include positions in management; professional, skilled craftsmen; operators; and laborers. Additional information regarding job inquiries can be directed to jobsUSA@cflflooring.com.
“Gordon County, the City of Calhoun, and the Development Authority of Gordon County are delighted CFL has chosen to invest in our community and become the anchor tenant in the newly developed Gordon County Industrial Park,” said Larry Roye, board chairman of the Development Authority of Gordon County.
“CFL will be a strong asset to our community’s industrial base, and we are proud that this company has chosen to expand their global footprint in Calhoun and Gordon County,” said Kathy Johnson, president and CEO of the Development Authority of Gordon County.
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Kevin Dodson represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Georgia Quick Start, the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Power. “It was a pleasure working with our partners on bringing this project to Calhoun, and I thank all of them for their commitment to creating jobs and opportunities for Georgians,” said Kevin. “I’m confident CFL Flooring will be very pleased with Georgia’s unmatched logistics network as they continue to expand to domestic and international markets.”
“We are excited to welcome CFL to Calhoun and grateful to become a part of the company’s global success story,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Thanks to our logistics network and workforce, Georgia’s manufacturing sector is thriving as we continue to attract leaders in the flooring industry to the state.”
“This project announcement is a significant win for the community and for the state. Our team has worked closely with Maxis over the years, and their perseverance throughout this process is one of many reasons why we strongly value that partnership. CFL has chosen a great site with lots of room to grow in a community where they’ll find strong support in the years to come,” said Charlie Moseley, Business Recruitment Director for Georgia Power.
Based in Charlotte, N.C., Maxis Advisors is a highly-skilled site selection and negotiated incentives company that helps clients in various industries including manufacturing, logistics, technology, financial, and real estate development to maximize opportunities. For more than 20 years, Maxis Advisors has built a strong reputation serving clients, working in over 40 states, and helping companies grow through projects resulting in more than $10 billion in capital investment and 9,500 jobs.
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