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Midlab Readies for Major expansion
25 Jul 2016
Midlab, a leading manufacturer of cleaning products and brands in the U.S., is in the process of a major expansion at its Athens facility.
The facility expansion will increase the Athens manufacturing space by more than 50 percent and will allow Midlab to meet the requirements from growth demands of existing and new business opportunities.
After completion, the facility will include more than 200,000 square feet of manufacturing, distribution, laboratory and packaging design space streamlining the supply chain from concept to finished product.
The Midlab campus will also feature a shared eco-park with walking trails, picnic areas and employee event space.
An expansion of production facilities this year includes a significant increase in production capabilities, as well as warehouse capacity and logistics operations.
"Our success is the result of sound strategy, strong manufacturing capabilities, dedicated employees, and continued investment in marketing and sales initiatives to increase awareness of our nationally recognized facility, innovative products and best-in-class customer support," Midlab President Matt Schenk said.
"We have been committed to our East Tennessee roots during Midlab's history of success by focusing our investment in facilities located in the Athens community and working closely with the McMinn County Economic Development Authority. We are committed to keeping our primary production in this area and our hope is that the jobs and financial investment from future expansion to meet Midlab's manufacturing requirements can benefit this area as well," said Schenk.
Midlab's latest results continue a history of growth for the company over the past 36 years. Founded in 1980, Midlab started as a regional provider of cleaning products in a facility located in Sweetwater. Midlab continued its strong growth throughout the 1990s and 2000s with the introduction of the national brands, Maxim and Nattura. After the acquisition of Taylor Labs, Midlab relocated to a larger facility in Athens to sustain long-term growth. Midlab has continued to invest in the company over the past few years with the additions of in-house digital printing equipment utilizing innovative printing technology for product packaging and labeling and a new FDA-certified production area that allows Midlab to continue its new product innovations.
"Midlab's success has created long-term growth opportunities with our existing customer base as well as new opportunities within our core markets, new partnerships with large multinational corporations, and new relationships with leading brands in markets that we have not been able to service in the past," added Schenk. "These opportunities require our ownership and management's continued commitment to reinvesting in Midlab's capabilities to provide customers, old and new, with cutting edge products and additional capacity in order to meet end-user demand."