Homeland Vinyl Products Purchases Former Alladin Plastics Plant in Phipps Bend Industrial Park - 40 jobs saved and 25 additional jobs created
Homeland Vinyl Products Inc. has purchased a facility at the Phipps Bend Industrial Park that was most recently occupied by Engineering Plastics Corporation (EPC).
Clay Walker, who oversees Hawkins County’s industrial recruitment, said EPC had been phasing out its Phipps Bend operation, and the 40 existing jobs there weren’t going to last.
“The reason that property was for sale was they had been relocating jobs to a newer facility in Alabama,” Walker said. “This is 25 new jobs, but ultimately its 65 jobs because we were going to lose those 40 jobs over the next several months. And, that’s just the beginning.”
Walker added, “They (Homeland Vinyl) have plans for more job growth, but that will come in phases. But, we can’t lose sight of the fact they are going to keep the 40 people who are already employed there and add 25 to that.”
Homeland Vinyl Products is one of the largest manufacturers of vinyl fence, deck and railing systems in the U.S.
Through this expansion, the company will move its manufacturing equipment from Colorado to the Surgoinsville location, which will allow for the addition of new product lines.
The company expects to be operational immediately and will be working with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) for recruitment of skilled positions at the plant once additional positions are available as it expands.
Anyone interested in applying to the TCAT can contact John Burdine at 423-345-4130 or visit the TCAT at 323 Phipps Bend Road, Surgoinsville.
This is the first major announcement for the Phipps Bend Industrial Park since Sullivan County’s NETWORKS industrial recruiting partnership took over Hawkins County’s industrial recruitment.
Hawkins County Industrial Development Board chairman Larry Elkins said he’s very pleased with the momentum he’s seeing with regards to recruitment at Phipps Bend.
“This year began with the announcement of our partnership with NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, then we received word the AT&T was completing broadband installation, and now we have this great announcement of job retention and creation,” Elkins said. “Having met with the leadership of Homeland Vinyl, it is clear we are not only a great match for this company in terms of the building and real estate, but they have a great deal of respect for our community’s value system and prioritization of manufacturing jobs. Homeland Vinyl will be a wonderful fit and employer for our region.”
This article first appeared in the Kingsport Times-News.