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Tile Shop expands to Eden location

Monday, November 11, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

A company in Ridgeway expanded into Eden, N.C., because there wasn’t time to build additional facilities in Henry County, according to Mark Heath, president/CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.

Heath said Friday that The Tile Shop expanded its warehouse space to North Carolina “because of good things going on in their company.”

The expansion is in the former MGM facility on New Street in Eden, according to a release from Rockingham County officials. The release did not include the size of the building, and company officials could not be reached Friday.

“They are like any other company that has multiple warehouses,” Heath said. “They needed space, they needed it quickly and they got it quickly. That’s not a negative reflection on Henry County in any way. We’ll just have to make sure in the future that when there are growth opportunities, they happen on the Henry County side.”

He did not elaborate.

Company representatives have said they expect the expansion to Eden will result in job growth in the next two years, according to the release.

Because the company is situated near the Virginia/North Carolina line, Heath said, that will benefit local residents, because the company has employees from both states working at the Henry County facility. Heath anticipates that will happen in Eden as well.

Less than a year ago, the Minnesota-based company expanded its distribution center shipping department and opened an on-site manufacturing facility on Axton Road in Henry County, according to Heath and the release.

“In November of last year, we worked with them on a 30,000-square-foot, $4 million expansion here,” Heath said of the project that added a manufacturing facility to make mortar, grout and sealers.

The company sometimes has to ship materials from different locations to the distribution center in Henry County before sending the completed orders out to its stores. The new manufacturing facility allows the company to streamline the process, according to previous reports.

At the time of that expansion, the company had about 25 employees in its distribution center, and Mike Garrison, site manager for the company, said he did not expect that would change for awhile.

Also at the time, Garrison said the manufacturing expansion would position the company to better serve its 20 retail locations and “support future growth as we continue to add new retail locations along the East Coast and Southeast.”

The Tile Shop — which provides natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tiles and tiling materials — has distribution centers in Michigan and Wisconsin, and operates 50 retail locations nationwide, with hopes of expanding to more than 100, according to previous reports.

“The Tile Shop is great to work with, and they are a great Henry County company,” Heath said. “This expansion is a good opportunity for them growth-wise, and hopefully as they grow, there will be more opportunities for more growth here.”


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