Wellborn Cabinet plans $17 million Alabama expansion creating 415 jobs
August 10, 2022 | 10:01 am CDT
Production at Wellborn Cabinet

Wellborn Cabinet plans to open a new facility in Alabama.

ASHLAND, Ala. -- Wellborn Cabinet plans to construct and equip a 250,000-square-foot facility in Oxford, Ala., to begin production of a new kitchen and bath cabinetry product, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“It’s always great news when a successful Alabama company like Wellborn Cabinet decides to launch a significant growth project right here at home,” Secretary Canfield said. “Wellborn has long been a landmark business in east Alabama, and I am thrilled that the company continues to grow and thrive.”

Founded in 1961, Wellborn Cabinet employs 1,336 workers within its expanding Alabama manufacturing footprint.

Wellborn Cabinet’s growth plans come at a time of rising demand for its products. Last year, the company announced plans for a $15 million project on its Ashland campus to add a planer mill, paint facility, health care, and manufacturing facilities expansion for its workforce.

“As we were looking at areas for expansion opportunities, we wanted to continue our growth within the state of Alabama,” President and CEO Paul Wellborn said.  “Oxford was very accommodating and helpful throughout the process.

“The new location will be close to Interstate 20 and a broader workforce, which are both critical to our success.”

Wellborn Cabinet is one of the largest cabinet makers in North America and the largest industrial employer in rural Clay County. The company ranks #64 on its FDMC 300 list of top woodworking comnpanies. Its new location on 60 acres at the Oxford West Industrial Park, located in Talladega County, will extend its presence in east Alabama.

Construction on the project is set to begin in Spring 2023, and start-up of operations in Fall 2024.

Recent expansion

In August 2021, the company announced a $15 million expansion that will ultimately create more than 200 jobs at the company’s plant in rural Clay County.

Wellborn, a family-owned maker of kitchen and bath cabinets, said the project expands its manufacturing capabilities in Ashland with the addition of a planer mill and a paint facility. Altogether, the project adds four buildings to its complex, growing its space to 2.2 million square feet.

The project includes health care and daycare facilities for Wellborn’s workforce in Clay County.

“Wellborn Cabinet makes high-quality, in-demand products right here in Alabama, and it’s exciting to see the company expand its presence in its hometown of Ashland,” Ivey said.

“These growth plans will not only enhance production capabilities but also add new jobs and enhance benefits for workers. This investment shows why Wellborn is a first-rate employer in Clay County.”

 

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