John and Ben Craig, assisted by Ben’s children – Anna and Nathan (the fifth generation Craig to be in the family business), proudly broke ground on a new U.S. Headquarters and Manufacturing facility in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee today.
This facility is a 60,000-square-foot spec building in Team Lawrence Commerce Park-West, a Select Tennessee Certified Site. This site includes 20 acres that will be the Craig Manufacturing home in the United States. This location will include 7,500 sq. ft. of office space as well as parts warehousing, installation bays, and ample manufacturing space. Craig expects this facility to open by late Spring of 2019. Craig is projecting this facility to employ 80+ team members over the next 5 years as Craig ramps up production for the U.S. market in Tennessee.
Ground was broken by Anna Craig, age 3, and Nathan Craig, age 1 ½, proudly supervised by their father, Ben Craig (President), and grandfather, John (CEO)
“It was very important to have Anna and Nathan here at today’s event because we are committed to building our business in the United States and in Lawrence County specifically. Someday we hope Anna and Nathan will return to work in this facility” said Ben Craig.
“I’m pleased Craig Manufacturing, a fourth-generation, family-owned business, has picked Lawrence County, Tennessee as the home of its U.S. operations,” says Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner, Bob Rolfe. “Because of exceptional international businesses like Craig Manufacturing, Tennessee continues to be a leading state for foreign direct investment. Craig Manufacturing will be a tremendous addition to Lawrence County and we are grateful that it will bring high quality jobs to this thriving community.”
“I am happy to return to the U.S. and be part of a community that has a genuine interest in providing new and exciting career paths for its residents,” Les Harding, Vice President of USA Manufacturing for Craig Manufacturing, said. “My wife, Shannon, and I are excited to be part of Lawrence County. We believe that Southern hospitality is alive and well in Lawrenceburg.”
“Lawrenceburg, Tennessee is a natural fit for the establishment of our first U.S. manufacturing facility” says John Craig, CEO of Craig Manufacturing. “Lawrence County and Lawrenceburg have a lot to offer that met our needs: central U.S. location with great transportation links, proven suppliers, shared community values, a spec building ready to go that was ideal in size to meet our manufacturing needs, and a property that offers room for future growth. All of us at Craig are excited and proud to be part of the community of Lawrenceburg.”
Since 1946, Craig Manufacturing has produced steel attachments for heavy construction, forestry, mining, energy and utility equipment. Headquartered in New Brunswick, Canada, Craig Manufacturing also has operations in Alberta and Ontario. The company supplies directly to original equipment manufacturers and their regional dealer networks.