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Tarkett in Florence is expanding, planning to add about 150 jobs to the facility. Tarkett in Florence is expanding, planning to add about 150 jobs to the facility.
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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A once failing manufacturing plant in the Shoals is now expanding their facility and bringing more than a hundred new jobs to the area.

The Tarkett plant in Florence launched phase two of their expansion project on Wednesday. The plant is currently located in the city's industrial park off Helton Drive.

Plant officials said when phase two is complete they will have added about 150 new jobs to the facility, boosting their product line and expanding their growth.

Tarkett recently completed phase one of the project which took the company from manufacturing residential flooring to both residential and commercial flooring. Now they will add on to their facility to bring in the work from their Houston plant which will be moved to the Florence facility.

City, county and plant officials have worked closely over the last several months, creating a plan to make the Shoals an appealing place to grow this business and others.     

It's something Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock said is necessary to keep the quality of life high for the community.

"The county and the city's growing in numbers. Our sales tax revenue is up about 5 percent so that says to me that we're starting to have our spendable income increasing. So everything seems to be going very very well, we're excited about what we're doing. We're excited about all the opportunities that we have to partner with different various groups to enhance the quality of life," said Mayor Haddock.

Expansion construction is expected to begin next month and officials said they plan to start the application process later this fall.

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