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A Virginia-based company is bringing more than 125 jobs to Wilson by opening a laundry processing facility in 2020.
State officials announced Thursday that HandCraft Healthcare Linen & Uniform Specialists spent $2.82 million to purchase a shell building at the Wilson Corporate Park. The company reportedly plans to invest $15 million to $16 million to upfit the 97,000 square-foot property, including adding a ceiling conveyor system that continuously delivers bags of laundry through its high-tech washing process.
“When we first started discussing expanding in North Carolina, we originally looked in some nearby larger cities, but they weren’t able to provide what we were looking for,” HandCraft President Keith Nichols said in a press release. “We stepped back and really looked at what we needed and realized Wilson was the right choice based on both location and economics.”
HandCraft recently opened a plant in High Point that will employ 150 people at full production. The Wilson facility, which is expected to open in mid-October, will employ between 125 and 150 people. Company officials said the bulk of the hiring will happen about two weeks prior to the opening.
“This new facility in Wilson will allow us to further solidify our connection with North Carolina and guarantee continued, excellent service for our customers,” Nichols said.
The company rents linens sheets, blankets, scrubs, gowns and more to more than 50 hospitals and 800 medical practices across seven states. HandCraft picks up soiled items, sanitizes them and drops off clean linens and apparel to customers. The Wilson facility will serve HandCraft clients in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
“We are excited to work with HandCraft and welcome them to Wilson,” said Mayor Bruce Rose. “It is gratifying to see a new addition to our life science community.”