MYRTLE BEACH — BauschLinnemann North America expects to be fully operational at its new headquarters on Harrelson Boulevard within two months, company CEO Mike Phillips said Wednesday.
“As of the middle of September,” he said, “we will officially be operating out of there.”
BauschLinnemann makes surfaces and edge bandings for furniture manufacturers.
The last two of 10 trucks that hauled equipment from CDM, a Montreal firm BauschLinnemann acquired last year, arrived in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Phillips said the company will keep dual manufacturing operations for some time so it won’t have to interrupt output to its customers.
The company plans to close its Greensboro, N.C., facility in mid-October, Phillips said, move BauschLinnemann operations from Conway by the end of the year and transfer operations from a Spacer Street location in Myrtle Beach in about a year.
Phillips said 13 employees from Coastal Paper, the Conway facility, will transfer to the 75,000-square-foot building on Harrelson Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Counting them, the company now has 24 fulltime and 12 temporary employees in Myrtle Beach. When those transferring from Greensboro arrive, Phillips said the workforce will be about 50, with at least some of the temporary jobs being converted to fulltime.
BauschLinnemann is the first headquarters operation the revitalized Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. snagged in the two years since its rebirth. Since that move, PTR Industries, a Connecticut firearms manufacturer, has announced that it will move its entire operation to Horry County.
About two years ago, the EDC overhauled its operations, brought in new leadership and has generated more than 600 job commitments since then.
On Tuesday, it presented a 15-year, $60 million plan that it projects will produce more than 4,000 new jobs in a decade and a half.
Doug Wendel, chairman of the EDC board, said that just the presence of BauschLinnemann’s headquarters on the Grand Strand will attract other employers to the area.
“They’re a first-rate firm,” he said. “(Their decision to locate here) gave us credibility.”
Phillips said there are no firm expansion plans now, but the company can expand its Harrelson Boulevard operation to 200,000 square feet.
He praised the EDC staff and others along the Grand Strand with making the transition easy for the company.
“It’s been a smooth process,” he said of the move.
Contact STEVE JONES at 444-1765.