Dublin, GA - Farmers home Furniture and the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority are pleased to announce that Farmers home Furniture has acquired the Botkin Lumber Company warehouse on Industrial Boulevard for purposes of expanding its current distribution operations. The expansion will bring a $4 million investment in Laurens County and will generate 62 jobs over the next 10 years.

Farmers home Furniture was founded in 1949 by Sherwin Glass in Soperton, Georgia. Farmers is currently listed as one of the Top 100 furniture companies in America with its corporate headquarters and distribution center located in Dublin, Georgia. Farmers is now an employee-owned company with 180 stores and 1,900 employees in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Florida. The Dublin corporate office and distribution facility currently employ 290 people from Laurens and surrounding counties.

Following a multi-state search for distribution center space, Farmers determined that Laurens County was still the best fit for its expansion purposes due to its proximity to the Savannah port, the availability of the Botkin Lumber facility, the availability of skilled workers and the continued support of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority and other local government agencies.

Phillip Faircloth, President of Farmers home Furniture said, “We continue to honor Sherwin’s dream by investing in small town America and providing opportunities to live and work in small towns. Dublin holds a special place in the hearts of all Farmers home Furniture employees because our dreams and plans begin right here in Dublin. We are grateful for the local support that enabled us to expand our distribution operations here in Dublin and provide more of the same opportunities in our hometown.”

Scott Beasley, Chairman of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority said, “We are honored that Farmers is willing to invest further in our community as they are a valued member of our industrial base and community. We are pleased to be able to assist a wonderful existing industry employing so many of our citizens in quality and long-term jobs. We pride ourselves on assisting our local industries as they have made the previous decisions to invest in our community, employ our citizens, and improve our community. We stand behind our community to assist our industries to grow in Laurens County and salute Farmers home Furniture for being a valued member of our community and making the decision to expand right here in Dublin. Such a quality company makes our job easier when assistance is needed.”

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