Farmers Home Furniture Plans Laurens Distribution Center

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Farmers Home Furniture plans a $4 million distribution center in Laurens County that's expected to employ more than 60 people.

The company and county officials announced the project Thursday.

Cal Wray, president of the Dublin-Laurens Development Authority, said the $4 million expansion project will create 62 jobs.

For the last 5 years, development authorities say the 330,000-square-foot building at 700 Industrial Boulevard has been used sparingly.

"It was dilapidated," Wray said. "Anytime a building is vacant, you're going to start to have degradation of the building. Now that [Farmers] is in, they're providing full-time maintenance. They're updating the building, putting new roofing on, and putting it back into full service."

Farmers Home Furniture leased out a 60,000-square-foot portion of that building; now they've acquired the full 40 acres.

"It'll truly become a full-time distribution center employing people on a full time basis," said Wray.

Farmers Home Furniture CEO, Phillip Faircloth, tells 13WMAZ the company chose Dublin over many other possible locations in different states. 

"We were looking at places in Alabama, North Carolina and we hope to expand to Tennessee," Faircloth said.

The company's website says it was founded in Soperton in 1949 and now has 172 retail sites around the Southeast.

They say Farmers Home is one of the top 100 furniture companies in the country and one of the largest privately-owned companies  in Georgia.

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