In October 2020, Wilsonart Engineered Services announced the groundbreaking of a new manufacturing facility in Klamath Falls. Headquartered in Temple, Texas, Wilsonart is a global manufacturer and distributor of High-Pressure Laminates and other engineered composite materials, used in furniture, office/retail space, countertops, worktops and more. The company met with the Klamath County Economic Development Association (KCEDA) in late 2019 during the early stages of their site selection process to assess the prospect of locating a new facility within Klamath County. The company had started the site selection process by looking at several competing locations on or near the West Coast, looking at cities throughout Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon.
Following Wilsonart’s first site visit of Klamath County, KCEDA, working with many partners (both private and public), began providing several services to the company, helping them see for a certainty that the Southern Oregon area was the perfect place for them to grow. KCEDA provided extensive services and support to the project, including: site selection expertise, mapping assistance, incentive packaging, permitting assistance, workforce development support, market research, operating cost proformas, infrastructure development, technical solutions, and several local referrals for companies to assist with the facility’s build-out.
After evaluating finalist locations the company ultimately selected Klamath. Upon completion, the building will be approximately 95,000 sq. ft. and house several different operations for the company’s Thermally Fused Laminate (TFL) business segment, manufacturing products that will have worldwide reach for a variety of applications. Based on KCEDA’s projections, the company is estimated to create 50 direct family-wage jobs, 40 spin-off jobs, and invest over $20M in their development cycle here in Klamath County.
Scott Sirasuca, General Manager for Wilsonart said about KCEDA effort, “I have never seen a community work so collaboratively to address businesses needs. Through KCEDA, we learned quickly that there are endless advantages to locating in Klamath County. The KCEDA team worked closely with us to achieve the most optimal development pathway possible, helping us move forward efficiently and cost effectively.”
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