Thomasville- A 7.5 million dollar business expansion in Thomasville will add at least 40 jobs. Wilo, EMC, USA LLC is the sixth largest pump manufacturer world wide and broke ground Wednesday on their new U.S. Headquarters in the Rose City.
Wilo, EMC workers assemble water and waste water pumps. A new expansion of the business will make Thomasville its U.S. Headquarters and create more jobs.
"When we get into full operation we'll be between 36 and 40 to start with and it can go up from there depending on the growth of the company," said Terry Rouse, Wilo, EMC President and C.E.O.
Shovels of dirt marked the start of Wilo's new, larger facility that will now allow the company to manufacture, assemble, and test their pumps.
"With a test facility where we'll be able to test all the pumps, submerged and dry, it will be a very sophisticated test facility," said Rouse.
Wilo decided to stay in Thomasville because of the resources and now other businesses are finding out the Rose City has a lot to offer.
"We have had an unusually high amount of people taking a look, the quality of life is good here, the road system is excellent," said Don Sims, President, Thomasville/Thomas Co. Chamber of Commerce.
Thomasville has 28 percent of the population for a five county area and 50 percent of the jobs. A recent trip to Brazil by chamber members may also mean business.
"We've already located the largest steel operation in the world and we're working with some people who need to have their products here," said Sims.
Thomasville has 116 industries, a diversified base, and something that may cause other businesses to realize, just as Wilo has, that doing business in the Rose City, might smell pretty good.
With the new expansion Wilo is anticipating at least 50 million dollars in sales by 2010.