Johnson City leaders consider partnership with Mullican Flooring; possibly creating 200 jobs

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City’s commissioners say they’re discussing a partnership that could bring hundreds of jobs to the Tri-Cities.

Mullican Flooring wants to expand and is looking at sites in Virginia and Kentucky.

It’s also considering staying in Johnson City to expand.

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The hardwood manufacturing company has already asked the Washington County Economic Development Council to consider the expansion.

Commissioners say Mullican requested 1.2 million dollars in incentive money to help them build a warehouse in the Tri-Cities as opposed to moving to another location.

Wednesday evening Mullican Flooring sent us a statement from President Neil Poland about the possible expansion:

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our Johnson City operations and remain optimistic that Washington County and the City of Johnson City will approve the necessary funding to assist us in moving ahead with this project.”

The Washington County budget committee approved $600,000 in hopes of getting help from Johnson City leaders.

Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Paul Stanton, a member of the county’s budget committee, explained why they only approved half of the amount needed for Mullican Flooring to stay.

“I knew they were going to be talking to Johnson City this wee,k and you know if we can do it in partnership, and all of us can save half the taxpayer dollars,” Dr. Stanton said.

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At an agenda meeting Monday night, the Johnson City commission said it’s thinking about joining Washington County for a partnership with Mullican Flooring.

Johnson City Mayor Clayton Stout said if all goes well, it could provide up to 200 additional jobs.

Mayor Stout said he’s hopeful it will pass.

Johnson City commissioners will discuss the partnership at their scheduled meeting Thursday night.

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